The Heart of Beaconsfield

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Council adopted the Heart of Beaconsfield masterplan in April 2021.

The City has developed a draft masterplan for the Heart of Beaconsfield to help guide development of the area into the future.

Over the past few years, there have been lots of changes happening in the suburb of Beaconsfield. South Fremantle High School became Fremantle College, TAFE has relocated, and the Department of Communities would like to update and build new homes in the Davis Park precinct. These changes presented the opportunity for a coordinated approach to planning a more sustainable, liveable and accessible neighbourhood into the future, a project we have called the Heart of Beaconsfield.

Since 2017 we have been working with landowners and the community to develop a vision and a masterplan for the Heart of Beaconsfield including several key sites. The masterplan is a non-statutory document: its purpose is to make sure that when development happens across this area that it does so in a coordinated way by providing an overarching concept to inform (but not control) detailed planning of individual sites by their landowners.


What we heard

During 2017 and 2018 community members participated in visioning and concept workshops, attended open days and shared their thoughts with us online about what should be included in a masterplan for Beaconsfield.

From the valuable contributions we received, the key ideas were grouped into three broad themes which the plan sought to address:

  1. Tree retention and open space provision
  2. Housing choice and diversity of population
  3. Sense of place and community facilities

To find out more about how these themes informed the plan, download the information pack (7 MB) from the document library or click here.

In early 2021 comments were invited on the draft masterplan, both online and through an in-person information session at the Freo Farmers Market. We received feedback around height, residential density, community and recreational facilities, traffic and connectivity and green spaces. You can find out more about what we heard in the Q&A or the Community Engagement Report.

A number of comments were also made about recreation facilities and opportunities, and this input will be considered in the development of the City's Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan 2021-31.


The Heart of Beaconsfield Masterplan

The masterplan (below) has now been adopted by Council. To download a copy, click here or visit the document library. The concept plans give more detail on the green links, housing diversity and transport/connectivity aspects, and can be downloaded here.



The City has developed a draft masterplan for the Heart of Beaconsfield to help guide development of the area into the future.

Over the past few years, there have been lots of changes happening in the suburb of Beaconsfield. South Fremantle High School became Fremantle College, TAFE has relocated, and the Department of Communities would like to update and build new homes in the Davis Park precinct. These changes presented the opportunity for a coordinated approach to planning a more sustainable, liveable and accessible neighbourhood into the future, a project we have called the Heart of Beaconsfield.

Since 2017 we have been working with landowners and the community to develop a vision and a masterplan for the Heart of Beaconsfield including several key sites. The masterplan is a non-statutory document: its purpose is to make sure that when development happens across this area that it does so in a coordinated way by providing an overarching concept to inform (but not control) detailed planning of individual sites by their landowners.


What we heard

During 2017 and 2018 community members participated in visioning and concept workshops, attended open days and shared their thoughts with us online about what should be included in a masterplan for Beaconsfield.

From the valuable contributions we received, the key ideas were grouped into three broad themes which the plan sought to address:

  1. Tree retention and open space provision
  2. Housing choice and diversity of population
  3. Sense of place and community facilities

To find out more about how these themes informed the plan, download the information pack (7 MB) from the document library or click here.

In early 2021 comments were invited on the draft masterplan, both online and through an in-person information session at the Freo Farmers Market. We received feedback around height, residential density, community and recreational facilities, traffic and connectivity and green spaces. You can find out more about what we heard in the Q&A or the Community Engagement Report.

A number of comments were also made about recreation facilities and opportunities, and this input will be considered in the development of the City's Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan 2021-31.


The Heart of Beaconsfield Masterplan

The masterplan (below) has now been adopted by Council. To download a copy, click here or visit the document library. The concept plans give more detail on the green links, housing diversity and transport/connectivity aspects, and can be downloaded here.



Council adopted the Heart of Beaconsfield masterplan in April 2021.

  • Get involved in shaping the master plan in the next phase of community engagement

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    In April, we asked the community to share their ideas on the future heart of Beaconsfield. Our first phase of engagement delivered strong messages about the deep sense of place and community many people feel for Beaconsfield. It also clear that there are things that need improvement. This includes better road and path networks through the area, more community uses of public open space, more housing diversity and improved community facilities. This transformational regeneration project is a once in a century opportunity to make a great place even better.

    Our challenge is to develop a master plan that enables us to retain Beaconsfield's unique identity and sense of place, while allowing it to evolve and meet the needs of current and future residents. In this next phase of community engagement, we would like to hear your views on these themes.

    Sense of place: Where is the heart?

    Getting around: How do we walk, cycle and drive around? How can make the most of public transport?

    Streets and open spaces: What will main open spaces be used for?

    Housing for everyone: What mix of housing should there be? Where could it go?

    Shops, offices and other uses: What other uses could there be?

    The second phase of engagement will commence on 24 October with a master plan workshop. Further opportunities to particpate will be added on this page soon. Suscribe for updates to stay informed.

  • Phase 1 community engagement report released

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    Thank you to everyone who shared their ideas and joined in the conversation about renewing the Heart of Beaconsfield online and at our workshop and Davis Park and Growers Markets events. It's been valuable hearing what's important to you and the opportunites you would like addressed through the masterplan for Beaconsfield.

    In the first stage of engagement, we asked for feedback on the draft objectives for the Heart of Beaconsfield. Your feedback has been summarised and we've made some changes to the masterplan objectives based on your feedback. These are highlighted in blue text in the slideshow below.

    The full engagement report is also available here:

    Download Phase 1 Community Engagement Report

    Phase two of the consultation is coming soon and will provide opportunities for you to comment on two master plan options. These options will be provided as examples of what’s possible. We’ll invite you to explore and draw your own options at the consultation events in October.

  • Evolving ideas for Beacy's future

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    With only a few more week until phase one community engagement finishes, now is an important time to join the conversation on ideas for the Heart of Beaconsfield’s renewal.

    We have received many comments via My Say Freo, pop-up consultation events at Davis Park and the Growers Green Farmers Market and the community visioning workshop at the Hilton Bowling Club on 23 May – all of which will help to inform the options for the draft master plan.

    We are keen to hear your ideas on Beaconsfield’s future housing diversity, open space, site connections, access, services and attractions.

    Our aim is to preserve Beaconsfield's character, spirit and community networks, while allowing the area to evolve to meet the contemporary needs of current residents and future residents.


  • Be part of revitalisation of Beaconsfield - countdown to the community visioning workshop

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    Get involved – community visioning workshop tonight!


    Beaconsfield is situated on Whadjuk Noongar land.

    Colonial settlement of the area dates from the 1860s. The land bounded by South Street, Caesear Street, Lefroy Road and Fifth Avenue was developed by Henry Maxwell Lefroy as a vineyard and orchard, known as 'Mulberry Farm'. The western portion of the estate was used for dairying purposes by identities such as Lane, Fletcher, Wade and Caesar.

    During the 1940s, Mulberry Farm was resumed by the state housing commission. 145 weatherboard and iron houses were built with timber imported from Denmark to house migrant building tradesmen brought to the state to boost the Perth workforce.

    Between 1978 and 1981, the old houses were demolished and the estate was redeveloped by the state housing commission to construct the houses that are there today.

    Over the past month, the Heart of Beaconsfield project team have been out talking to people about what they love about Beaconsfield, what makes it unique and what could be improved. We were fascincated by stories from people who live in the Davis Park precinct, who experienced the housing authority's redevelopment in the late 1970s.

    In this next phase of community engagement, we would like to hear your views on the draft objectives for the masterplan and how we might meet them. We're interested to hear your ideas on things such as how could improve the diversity and affordability of housing in the area, if you think we have enough public space, for the right uses and in the right places and what kind of buildings will enhance the identity and character of Beaconsfield. The ideas we hear during this phase will be incorporated into the draft master plan options.



    Image supplied by Fremantle History Centre: The original terminus in South Street at Davies Street, looking east. Note the cutting through what was known as Lefroy's Hill.

  • There's still time to share your ideas on Beaconsfield's past, present and future!

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    On the weekend of 21 May, Growers Green market visitors chatted with the Heart of Beaconsfield engagement team at the tent. Children, families, stall holders and market shoppers shared their views on renewal topics such as housing diversity, open space, sustainability, site connections, building forms, and sense of place.

    Despite the rainy weather, the Heart of Beaconsfield tent was full of visitors who took the opportunity to post their ideas on an interactive board, and join the conversation about Beaconsfield's past, present and future.

    You can share your ideas online or register to participate in the community workshop at the Hilton Bowling Club on Tuesday 23 May.

  • Davis Park consultation

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    Over 100 local residents dropped by to talk the Heart of Beaconsfield project team at the Family Fun Market in Davis Park hosted by the City of Fremantle on Sunday 30 April.

    We would like to thank everyone who took the time to find out more about the project and contributed to the conversations around Beaconsfield's past, present and future.

    At the event we heard a range of views about some of the challenges and opportunities facing the area. The specific comments raised on the day will continue to be explored throughout consultation process, and you can still add your thoughts and ideas to the brainstorm.