Phoenix Revitalisation Strategy

About the Phoenix revitalisation strategy

The Phoenix Revitalisation Strategy was adopted by Council in 2009 after extensive community engagement, covering parts of Spearwood and Hamilton Hill within the catchment of the Phoenix Town Centre.  Key aims included:

  • Guiding changes to residential codings (rezonings) to provide opportunities for different housing to meet current and future needs and help meet State Government infill targets.
  • Identifying infrastructure and public realm improvements to support growth, including streetscape improvements, traffic improvements and park upgrades.
  • A framework to support improvements to the Phoenix Town Centre.

Residential codings were changed in 2010 and the City has continued to undertake public realm improvements throughout the area in accordance with the Strategy (see ‘Completed Projects’ below).

Upgrade to Rockingham Road (Spearwood)

The City is working on plans for a major upgrade to Rockingham Road between Phoenix Road and Coleville Crescent to create a green, tree-lined town centre boulevard. The concept plan proposes to reduce the road to one lane in either direction between Coleville Crescent and Phoenix Road – this will slow traffic, improve safety and beautify the road.

The City has engaged Engineering consultants who are currently developing the detailed plans based on the concept plan adopted by Council.  When these draft plans are finalised, they will be advertised for community consultation, likely to be in 2024.

What happens now?

The City’s draft Local Planning Strategy proposes the preparation of ‘Local Area Plans’ to identify actions to enhance the City’s established suburbs.

For the existing revitalisation strategy areas this will involve reviewing the recommendations and updating the Strategy into a ‘Local Area Plan’.

The scope of ‘Local Area Plans’ is yet to be determined, but they are likely to look at:

  • Enhancing a green, leafy streetscape character
  • Supporting more sustainable and active transport options
  • Improving safety and security
  • Supporting Activity Centres to become hubs for the community

At this stage the City is awaiting the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) approval of the Local Planning Strategy.  Once this has occurred, the City will prepare a scope and prioritisation plan for ‘Local Area Plans’.
This will clearly identify the scope and process for community engagement, and will also prioritise their preparation and implementation, recognising there are suburbs that have not been subject to a revitalisation strategy.

When this process commences, we will let you know how you can be involved. 

For details relating to the ongoing status of our Local Planning Strategy please visit Comment on Cockburn: Planning the Best City - What do you think of our strategy? 

Completed projects

Please see below table for complete revitalisation projects for Phoenix.

Project Name Decription Cost
MacFaull Park new pathway, plantings and biodiversity improvements $150,000
  demolition of Joe Cooper Centre $157,000
  BBQ, picnic shelters and adult exercise equipment $200,000
  regeneration of bushland $150,000
  nature play, flying fox, BBQ, picnic shelters and adult exercise equipment $750,000
(over 3 years)
Bavich Park playground upgrade and irrigation improvements $35,000
Beale Park new floodlighting - proposed major upgrades $500,000
Greenslade Reserve enhancements including creation of irrigated open play areas $150,000
Edwardes Park playground shade sails $20,000
  nature playground $100,000
Goodchild Reserve clubroom reburbishment and additional storage $25,000
  shade sails $15,000
Grandpre Park landscaping $70,000
Gerald Reserve proposed pedestrian linkage improvements $100,000
Street Tree Plantings Kent Street
Sussex Street
Southwell Crescent road upgrade and streetscape beautification $110,000
Friendship Avenue indigenous and peace sections $500,000
Spearwood Avenue replacement of fencing $105,000
  conversion to dual carriageway $1,247,605
  Spearwood Avenue extension $2,289,800
Future Street Tree Program
  • Coleville Crescent
  • Goffe Street
  • Travers Street
  • Lancaster Street
  • MacMorris Way
  • Orleans Street
  • Pomfret Road
  • March Street
Rockingham Road road beautification planning (2019 consultation set to commence Feb) $4,000,000
Interim Seniors Centre   $735,000
Spearwood Skate Park   $360,000



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