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Phoenix Central Revitalisation
City of Cockburn, PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC, Western Australia, 6965
Telephone: (08) 9411 3444

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Phoenix Central Revitalisation Strategy

(September 2013)


The Phoenix Central Revitalisation Strategy was adopted by Council in 2009 and sets out a 10 year vision to realise the transformation of the Spearwood and Hamilton Hill areas through a combination of private redevelopment and public realm improvements.

A number of the key actions outlined in the Revitalisation Strategy have been implemented, including the following:

  • Rezoning of approximately 3,000 residential properties in Hamilton Hill and Spearwood to allow for subdivision of most lots - since the rezoning 80 subdivision approvals have been issued for new lots/dwellings.
  • Rezoning of Bethanie Illawong retirement village to allow for the development of additional aged accommodation in the future.
  •  Adoption of Design Guidelines to encourage good quality residential development.
  • Rezoning and adoption of a structure plan for the former Watsonia buffer area.
  • Commencement of the proposed 'Mixed Use' rezonings and design guidelines for Rockingham Road - these have been adopted by Council for final approval and were referred to the Western Australian Planning Commission on 19 September 2014 for final approval which is still pending.

The Strategy also included recommendations for improvements to the public realm, and the City has been progressively working through these actions.  The following provides a summary of what has happened so far:

  • Beale Park New playground and lighting
  • Greenslade Park Creation of open play areas and various upgrades
  • Edwardes Park New cricket pitch
  • Bavich Park New seating and improvements to play area
  • Greenslade Reserve Additional play equipment and landscaping
  • Dubove Park Landscaping and various upgrades
  • MacFaull Park Biodiversity improvements to irrigation system
  • Pedestrian Accessways Improvements (between Kent Street and Bushby Road; Gerald Street and Shallow Street)
  • Street tree planting on Kent Street, Sussex Street and Spearwood Avenue

Over the coming years as development of the area continues the City will continue to implement the list of actions outlined in the Strategy

Background Information - What is the Phoenix Central Revitalisation Strategy?

The Phoenix Central Revitalisation Strategy provides a strategic framework for improvements to the Phoenix Town Centre, which includes the surrounding suburbs of Spearwood and Hamilton Hill.

The aim of the Revitalisation Strategy is to develop the Phoenix Town Centre according to the principles outlined in the Network City Planning Strategy and subsequently Directions 2031 which is the strategic plan guiding Perth's future growth. It sets out the direction for centres such as Phoenix to evolve into what it calls 'activity centres', which aim to include a mix of uses including office, residential, retail, entertainment, cultural, civic activities, and be supported by improved public transport.

Preparation of the Revitalisation Strategy included a comprehensive community consultation program.

Council adopted the Revitalisation Strategy for final approval at the meeting of 14 May 2009, and it includes the following key proposals:

These plans are also available to view in hardcopy at the Administration Building.

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Final Phoenix Central Revitalisation Strategy document


Western Australian Planning
(Subdivision information)

(Land titles office)

Water Corporation
(Sewerage & water services)

Western Power
(Electricity supply for subdivisions)

Relevant Council Minutes

12 June 2008:
Interim Council Decision (proposed road linkages, MacFaull Park and proposed bus lane)

11 December 2008:
Consideration to Adopt Phoenix Central Revitalisation Strategy for final approval (decision deferred subject to further community consultation)

14 May 2009: 
Adoption of Phoenix Central Revitalisation Strategy for Final Approval

10 September 2009:
Adoption of Scheme Amendment No. 76 (Residential Rezonings) for community consultation

1 March 2010:
Adoption of Scheme Amendment No. 76 (Residential Rezonings) for final approval.

12 September 2013:
Adoption of Scheme Amendment No. 96 (Mixed Use and Commercial Rezonings) for community consultation.

10 July 2014:
Adoption of Scheme Amendment No. 96 (Mixed Use and Commercial Rezonings) for final approval (NB. Now awaiting WAPC approval)

Where Can I get more Information?

Phone: 08 9411 3444