Rail dream out of puff

Cockburn council has given up hope of a passenger rail service running down its coast.

A decade ago the council set aside 4000sqm alongside the freight line through Port Coogee for a station and shops, but at last week’s meeting it was reallocated for housing.

Officers say there’s “no future passenger rail intended”, and without a station shops won’t be viable. Instead, they say Australand should be allowed to build apartments.

The developer will also get vastly increased density—from R20 to R80—with staff arguing the former zoning was an anachronism.

“It is envisioned that an R80 coding will facilitate a small-lot grouped dwelling development, or multiple dwellings,” the report says.

However, prescribed heights will remain the same.

by STEVE GRANT

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