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Australia : Council's scheme amendment approval is next step in Beaconsfield redevelopment.

Housing Minister Peter Tinley has welcomed Fremantle City Council's proposal to rezone the Davis Park area of Beaconsfield - a location colloquially known as the 'Beacy Bronx' due to its history of anti-social behaviour.

The Fremantle council recently agreed to seek amendment of its town planning scheme, a decision that, if formally endorsed by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC), will help pave the way for further urban renewal of Beaconsfield.

Mr Tinley was advised of the council's decision when he gave Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt an on-site briefing about the State Government's proposed redevelopment of the 10-hectare Davis Park site bounded by South Street and Lefroy Road.

During the briefing, the Minister told Mr Pettitt that the newly established Department of Communities, which incorporates the former Housing Authority, is committed to continuing the positive engagement undertaken to date.

The urban regeneration plan, which will support hundreds of jobs during its construction phase, entails a full redevelopment of the area into a vibrant community and includes building a currently estimated 700-1,000 high-quality dwellings.

Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley: "Since discussions began in mid-2015, the City of Fremantle has been broadly supportive of Communities' urban regeneration plan.

"As Housing Minister, I am encouraged by its recent decision to seek WAPC approval to rezone the Davis Park area for development.

"I applaud the council, led by Mayor Brad Pettitt, for reaching this milestone with a high level of community support.

"The Heart of Beaconsfield initiative, which encompasses the Davis Park area, is fully supported by the Department of Communities.

"This is just one milestone in a long process before any construction begins. Community consultation will be a feature of the process and I encourage all interested parties to participate wherever possible."

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Date:Oct 6, 2017
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