The Cement Hill industrial site (pictured above) has been a blight on our local landscape for many years. This area forms the gateway to Marino and Kingston Park and, for a generation, we’ve had to look at an overgrown wasteland and dilapidated, graffiti-clad buildings every time we drive to and from our homes.
I have taken an active role in the rezoning of this site over several years, both during my time as a local councillor and since my election to State Parliament. Now, at last, change is almost here, with the redevelopment of the site close to being signed off. This will trigger a huge clean-up and a quality housing development which could include a small shopping precinct.
Below are some facts that provide more detail about the proposed development, including the likely closure of the Clubhouse Road entry into Linwood Quarry, which I know is something of interest to those in proximity to this road. I have also included a ‘next steps’ section to give you an idea of the timeline for what needs to happen before works can begin.
- This site was zoned as industrial and, since 2012, a rezoning process has been ongoing to enable residential development to occur on the site.
- The site is split between the cities of Marion and Holdfast Bay, which has made this rezoning process difficult and more time consuming.
- Over the last couple of years, the owners of the site have been undertaking a range of investigations looking at issues such as stormwater management and drainage; traffic management; contamination; economic modelling around a potential small shopping precinct; and the site’s interactions with the Linwood Quarry to the south.
- Up to 700 dwellings could be built on this site with a mixture of detached, courtyard style homes and apartments.
- I will be pushing for this redevelopment to be a catalyst for improvements to the Scholefield Road/Brighton Road intersection.
- I will continue to lobby to ensure the closure of the Clubhouse Road entry into Linwood Quarry and the development of a haul road to take trucks to the south of the quarry, onto Majors Road and away from Brighton Road.
- Positives of this development:
- it has huge potential to transform the ‘gateway’ to Marino and Kingston Park
- it is likely to have mixed density dwellings, ideal for local people looking to downsize
- a proposed small community shopping centre and open parkland will increase the amenity of nearby Seacliff Park, Marino and Kingston Park.
- The Development Plan Amendment (DPA) was sent to the Minister for Planning at the end of May. Once the Minister has approved the DPA (this can take up to eleven weeks), there will be a period of public consultation. This period is likely to be approximately eight weeks, during which people can write in with any concerns they may have.
- After the period where written feedback can be given, there will then be a public meeting where local residents will have the opportunity of talking to a panel to voice their concerns.
- Taking concerns into consideration, the councils will decide if changes need to be made to the DPA and, if changes are required, a final draft will be developed and approved by the councils and then sent back to the Minister. When the Minister approves the DPA, the land will then be formally rezoned to residential and development can occur.
- The developer can then clear the site and undertake the land division process.