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Old May 29th, 2008, 04:41 AM   #1
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PERTH | North Port Quay, Fremantle

North Port Quay is Australia’s most outstanding, creative and exciting residential and commercial development concept.

It would provide up to 10,000 dwellings, comprising single housing, townhouses and apartments.

There would be 1,000 public marina pens, two boat stackers and 1,200 private boat pens or moorings.

A new 800m north-facing public swimming beach and two protected family-safe beaches would be created, protected by a 3.2km fishing platform-cum-breakwater.

Other proposed community benefits include a new surf reef, a cultural/performing arts centre, two new primary schools and a five star hotel and convention centre.

About North Port Quay

North Port Quay would create an entirely new, environmentally sustainable coastal location and become the world’s first carbon-free development.

It would occupy 345ha of degraded, reclaimed seabed on which six island villages would be created, easing the pressure on residential markets.

More than half the development would be set aside for public amenities or public open space.

Economic Benefits

An estimated 15-million visitations would be made annually to North Port Quay, generating around $700 million from tourism and retail. This excludes revenue from the operations of the Port of Fremantle.

Some 2,500 people would be employed in construction, retail and tourism over the estimated 10-year life of the project.

Revenue from the lease and eventual sale of the reclaimed seabed plus stamp duty and land tax would be in excess of $100-million.

Depending on Local Government zoning, the City of Fremantle could receive an estimated $12-million in rates from homes and retail outlets in the development.

Changing Lifestyles

North Port Quay would revolutionise the lifestyles of those who live there as well as the thousands of boating enthusiasts and local, national and international tourists who would gravitate to the area.

Eventually more than 20,000 people could live in the six villages in the development, enjoying an idyllic lifestyle between the Indian Ocean and the bustling port city of Fremantle.

If they have a boat it could be penned at one of the 1,200 private moorings. A further 1,000 public pens would be built.

Their children could go to one of the two primary schools proposed on the estate.

If they have an artistic bent the proposed cultural and performing arts centre is bound to have a performance for them to enjoy.

They may even want to work there – the ten year project would create an estimated 2,500 jobs in construction, retail and tourism.

Island Residential Living

North Port Quay residents would live in a development consisting of six islands linked by road and pedestrian bridges.

The concept has been an unqualified success at Hope Island on the northern edge of Queensland's Gold Coast.

Permanent residents, guests and visitors at Hope Island enjoy all the lifestyle benefits only a truly international standard resort community can provide and that's the exciting prospect that lies ahead for North Port Quay.

Transport Initiatives

Whether you're in your car or boat or taking a long walk or bike ride, you'll find the concept of getting around North Port Quay uncomplicated and unhurried.

The vision is for a transport system unequalled anywhere in the world in a development of this nature, including consideration of electric “CAT” buses and river ferry/taxi services.

The concept proposes a skillfully-designed integrated network of roads, canals, cycle-ways and walking trails.

There is more than eight kilometres of canals, 20 kilometres of pedestrian paths and 18 kilometres of cycle-paths in the proposal.


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Grand plan to build six island hubs off north Freo coast

29th May 2008, 6:15 WST

An ambitious $10 billion plan to build six islands across 345ha of seabed at Fremantle’s North Quay, including houses, offices, hotels and schools, will be launched today by a consortium of some of Perth’s leading property developers and wealthiest businessmen.

North Port Quay will sit north of Fremantle Port behind a 3.5km seawall designed to withstand global warming and storm surges and include homes for 20,000 people, 100,000sqm of office space, Venicestyle canals and bridges, two new schools, 2200 boat pens, a performing arts centre, a five-star hotel and convention centre.

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The project is backed by more than 30 investors including Ralph Sarich, Port Bouvard, Cape Bouvard, Pindan, Diploma, Di Latte Group, Strzelecki Group, Luke Saraceni, Angela Bennett, Alf Barbagallo and ex-Test cricketer Geoff Marsh.

But the development will face significant hurdles. Project director Chris Carman, of Benchmark Projects, expects opposition from Fremantle Ports but is hoping six to nine months of public consultation will be enough to sell the idea to the Fremantle community. Planning Minister Alannah MacTiernan, leading a delegation of port authorities to China this week, considers the plan “ambitious”.

The State Government has to be convinced to lease the seabed to the projects owner, North Port Quay Pty Ltd, while it goes through two years of environmental and planning approvals, then release the seabed for sale. On 2003 figures, the area was estimated to be worth more than $100million.

The plan is full of Fremantlefriendly sweeteners and the joint venture has enlisted the support of sustainability expert Peter Newman. The boat pens will be built and then gifted to the State to ease pressure on the Swan River’s overloaded moorings. Three new beaches and a surf reef will be created and the seawall will double as a fishing platform.

The project will use wind, wave and solar energy to generate all its electricity and sell any surplus into the grid. An area of seabed currently bare of seagrass from decades of port activity will provide new habitats for marine life.

In a bid to win over the community 10,000 promotional DVDs and pamphlets will be sent today to every residential address in Fremantle.

“We wanted to make this a worldclass icon, we wanted to put Perth on the map, get rid of the Dullsville tag,” Mr Carman told The West Australian. “The concept is a series of islands which we call the ‘island villages’ linked by bridges all created behind a breakwater.

“The breakwater will provide protection to form a significant new marine habitat where none exists at the moment and it will also protect the beaches at Port Beach and Leighton Beach. For the boating community there will be public and private moorings, stacking, ramp and lifting facilities.

“We will be providing a Darling Harbour-type precinct with boutique retail, restaurants and cafes, but importantly there won’t be any department stores or anything that would compete with the Fremantle business district.”

North Port Quay spokesman Mike Holtham said if the plan got the goahead, it would be developed in seven stages over the next 12 years. Stage one would include construction of the breakwater, the islands closest to the port and 1000 boat moorings. Sand from port dredging would be used to create the islands.

He expected to know within six months whether the concept had any hope of becoming a reality.

Master planner Mike Day said the entire area, including 75ha of residential development, would emulate the urban fabric of Fremantle using modern design.

“We want to create a compact, connected, mixed-use, walkable neighbourhood and there is no better example in Australia than Fremantle,” he said. “(We’ve emulated) all that Fremantle embodies — all the diverse housing types, the opportunity to live and work in the same place, the urban fabric which encourages pedestrian movement.

“We’re trying to practise the kind of community building our forebears practised in the 1800s. Generations of people will live, work, play and be educated in these new urban settlements.”

Professor Newman said he supported the proposal because it created a dense, compact, carbon emissionfree development which used renewable energy and public transport and would create a better environment than the one it replaces. It created thousands of homes in the inner metropolitan area, rather than contributing to suburban sprawl.

He said micro wind turbines and solar panels would be fitted to roofs and wave power from the ocean would be harnessed to provide energy for the development.

“To make it work you have to have very energy-efficient houses so they don’t have massive needs for heating and cooling,” he said. “They would be all electric because they don’t need gas, they have renewable energy.

“Air-conditioning and heating would be hydrothermal, which is a way of getting the temperature of the ocean and get it brought back into homes. It’s a new technology but it’s a very obvious one and very simple, it’s already happening in Hobart and Darling Harbour.”

A percentage of “affordable housing” is planned for the development.




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North Port Quay has the potential to be the most sustainable residential, marina, recreational and tourism development in the world.

No stone has been left unturned to ensure the concept incorporates best-practice energy management and cutting edge technology to implement renewable energy sources.

It would become the world’s first carbon-free development with every stage focusing on sustainability:

* Water
* Energy
* Marine life and seabed regeneration
* Waste management
* Building design
* Transport

When completed North Port Quay would set the benchmark for future sustainable developments around the world.


North Port Quay would be a totally waterwise development with a minimum of scheme water being used.
This would be achieved by the implementation of a series of initiatives including:

* Harvesting seawater for potable and non-potable purposes
* Recycling treated waste water
* Harvesting stormwater runoff for irrigation purposes
* Installation of rainwater tanks
* Use of drought tolerant plants within soft landscaped areas
* Use of seawater for fire management purposes
* Harvesting rainwater for commercial cooling purposes
* Green roofs to assist with water collection and purification

Back to the beginning

North Port Quay would be a carbon-free development with the integration of a series of renewable energy initiatives.
Maximum use would be made of natural energy generated by the sun, wind and waves to keep use of fossil-fuel energy to an absolute minimum.
We plan to:

* Install a wind farm at Rouse Head or off site
* Purchase wind energy from Synergy
* Install small-scale wind turbines on individual developments to supplement scheme power and supply grid
* Install solar farm collectors on large commercial and community buildings
* Appoint a private service provider to operate a solar farm
* Install individual Photovoltaic units on all developments to offset energy demands
* Harvest thermal energy from the seabed
* Install CETO wave power technology
* Install smart grid technology to tie it all together into a totally carbon-free system

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Marine life and seabed regeneration
The site above which North Port Quay would be developed is literally dead in the water.
The seabed is degraded to the point that very little sea grass grows there and marine life is virtually non-existent.
We will:

* Establish seabed grass
* Introduce reef ball and artificial reefs and marine habitats
* Reduce CO2 emissions by 100% for all developments.
* Comply with minimum fresh air rate standards
* Monitor and control toxic wastes
* Maximise the use of non-toxic materials

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Waste management
Every development generates some waste; the key is how to deal with it. The North Port Quay concept proposes:

* Implementing a Waste Minimisation Plan
* Requiring businesses to provide on-site recycling bins
* Recycling low-grade limestone from on-site for use as rammed limestone building walls and landscape feature walling.
* Providing dedicated recycling bin area, appropriate for the land use, in the site planning and design of the development
* Allocating 10% use of recycled construction waste in road base and construction areas

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Building design
Every private and public building at North Port Quay would be subjected to strict covenants to ensure each is energy efficient and environmentally sensitive.
Among the dozens of climate-responsive design principles to be implemented are:

* All developments designed in accordance with passive solar design principles
* Pale coloured roofs and wall materials used to reduce heat gain in summer
* Green Roofs
* All appliances and heating and cooling systems minimum four-star energy rated
* Buildings access natural light using skylights, light shelves, light wells and northern glazed windows
* Solar hot water systems installed in all buildings with hot water shower facilities
* High efficient lighting (fluoros, LEDs) installed in all buildings
* Building designs meet or exceed minimum disable accessibility and design standards
* Building design provides for cross ventilation, daylight, break-out space, picture windows onto landscaped area, bold streetscape and building façade
* All materials consistent with green development principles

Back to the beginning

Getting to, from and around North Port Quay would be easy whether by road, rail, water or on foot.
Building would be dense enough and with mixed use in the commercial centre to enable a high proportion of walking trips and short local trips.
Other proposed transport initiatives are:

* An electric water taxi service to link NPQ with the Fremantle CBD
* An electric CAT bus network linking NPQ with North Fremantle station and Fremantle CBD
* An integrated bicycle and pedestrian network as priority modes of transport within the development area.
* Priority parking for scooters and small cars
* Electric golf cart or electric scooter to every residence

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What’s the total cost of the project and who will put up the money?
A: $6 billion dollars is our estimate and it will be funded by Strzelecki Group and a number of other companies who have already signalled their intent to invest in the project.

Q: Who are these other companies?
A: The list other major participants is freely available on our Web site and includes many of Western Australia’s most prominent development companies.

Q: That’s a lot of money. Most people have never heard of Strzelecki Group. How can we be sure it will be viable?
A: This concept has been in the pipeline for quite a long time and we have researched every conceivable detail of it. It is very bold, very ambitious and very visionary and I can assure you very, very viable.

Q: Will there be any financial input from the state government?
A: The concept is entirely funded by the private sector but it has very public benefits. For instance, the finished project would have a new 800 metre “north-facing” swimming beach, two protected family-safe beaches, a 3.2 kilometre public fishing platform, a new surf reef, new public boat launching ramps, a performing arts centre, two new primary schools, a network of pedestrian and cycle paths, a five-star-hotel and a convention centre.

Q: How much profit do you expect to realise on the total project?
That’s impossible to answer at this stage. Needless to say we have looked closely at the viability of North Port Quay and we believe it will be a solid investment for us and our partners while at the same time offering all Western Australians one of the most exciting developments of its kind in the world.

Q: The concept has an important real estate component. How many lots will there be what type of housing will be built there and won’t it just be a playground for the rich?
A: That’s impossible to answer at this stage. Needless to say we have looked closely at the viability of North Port Quay and we believe it will be a solid investment for us and our partners while at the same time offering all Western Australians one of the most exciting developments of its kind in the world.

Q: The concept has an important real estate component. How many lots will there be what type of housing will be built there and won’t it just be a playground for the rich?
A: There will be 1900 lots and the dwellings built on those lots will be single housing, townhouses and apartments. In total there could be as many as 10,000 dwellings. There will also be a proportion of the lots allocated to the state government’s affordable housing program. Naturally there will be building covenants in place to ensure quality dwellings are built there but given the superb location it will represent excellent value.

Q: You will need to secure a lease over the seabed. Normally that would be awarded to a company after submissions were invited. Are you expecting the state government will offer you the lease without going through the normal protocols?
A: This is somewhat different in that we are the ones who have created this vision for North Port Quay. We have done an enormous amount of work to get the proposal to where it is today and we believe it would be perfectly appropriate for the government to grant us the lease and we believe we and our partners are the only ones in WA that have the capacity to deliver the project to satisfactory completion.

Q: You plan to reclaim part of the ocean. Won’t this have a detrimental effect on the environment, particularly in regard to marine life there?
A: In fact the reverse is the case. The existing seabed there has been degraded over time and there’s little or no marine life or sea grass there now. Under our proposal we believe marine life would return to the area. This is what all our environmental studies are telling us. It’s a real win-win. Also beach stability would be greatly enhanced at Leighton and Port Beaches and we are creating three new beaches, including a rare north-facing beach, largely protected from the Fremantle Doctor.

Q: Why do you believe people would want to establish houses in an area alongside a busy port with all the attendant noise and dock infrastructure?
A: The simple answer is that similar developments in other countries have been unqualified successes and we believe that would be the case at North Port Quay.
Developments interfacing with working ports have already been undertaken successfully in many locations internationally, including New Zealand’s Auckland Harbour where residential, retail and commercial developments co-exist alongside the working port. The same applies in Singapore; one of the world’s busiest ports, where residential development stands alongside the harbour.
In Argentina, the working port in Buenos Aires is an immediate neighbour to the residential and commercial redevelopment of Puerto Madeira.
In Norway, the port of Oslo is being reshaped to create some of the harbour’s most attractive waterfront properties.
And in South Africa, Cape Town’s Victoria and Albert waterfront is located within the heart of the working harbour.
So it’s hardly without precedent but I’d go further and suggest our proposal would be the best-planned and most successful one of all.

Q: This land would be very valuable so there would be a great temptation to use most of it for residential blocks possibly at the expense of community infrastructure that marks most residential land developments these days.
A: The North Port Quay concept sets a new benchmark for master-planned estates. The whole area covers 345ha of seabed; but less than 75ha of land is proposed for housing. More than half of the concept is devoted to public open space or public amenities, including parks, beaches, waterways, cultural facilities and schools.

Q: There’s widespread concern about building too close to the coast because of rising tides generated by global warming. What happens if the whole development sinks below sea level?
A: The breakwater is designed to a height above sea level that takes into account global warming forecasts and the one-in-a-hundred year event. The reclamation work will result in the islands being further above the height of the breakwater.

Q: What if a Tsunami hits the coast?
A: Of course we pray that won’t happen and the chances are remote. However there would be many areas other than North Port Quay affected if such a terrible disaster did happen. In fact North Port Quay properties would be higher than countless properties along the West Coast.

Q: The Fremantle Port Authority is opposed to the development – they say there will be an unacceptable increase in road traffic through the Port.
A: The development could actually improve road access to and from the Port as $30 million has been set aside for traffic planning and road improvements in the project costs.

Q: The FPA also has concerns that so many newly created boat moorings and launching ramps will cause a boating hazard and interfere with shipping through the Port.
A: From a recreational point of view most boating takes place at weekends when the Port is largely shut. The really important point here is that the creation of so many new moorings at North Port Quay will take pressure off the Swan and Canning Rivers and the inner harbour.

Q: What about the pollution generated by more than 2,000 vessels moored at North Port Quay?
A: Modern vessels have sophisticated engine technology and sullage facilities. In terms of prevention and emergency response, we’d be looking to processes and procedures in line with world’s best practice.

Q: What about public transport?
A: There is a range of options open for consideration. We are looking for the community to be served by comprehensive public transport options including a non-polluting CAT bus service, river taxis, light rail and ferries.

Q: How do you plan to deliver the materials required for such a long breakwater and land fill for the islands themselves? Surely this will create major traffic headaches over the life of the project.
A: There will be no road traffic for this purpose through Fremantle and North Fremantle whatsoever. Fill for the reclamation works and the delivery of rocks and other materials for the breakwater would be dredged or shipped or railed to Kwinana then pumped or barged.

Q: Some politicians have already bagged the idea. How do you expect to secure the necessary approvals, principally the lease over the sea bed, if the head of the State Government doesn’t believe the concept is viable?
A: With great respect the politicians have not had time to examine the concept in any detail. We are releasing our concept plans now so that the public can decide if it’s a good idea or not. We know the Premier and his Ministers listen to the people and we believe that this is such a visionary project that the Government will give us their support when they realise what it will mean to Western Australia.
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MPs divided over $10b Fremantle island plan

30th May 2008, 6:45 WST

An audacious, $10 billion island development proposed for Fremantle’s North Quay could become a divisive election issue after the Government and Opposition split over its merits.

Alan Carpenter and Attorney-General Jim McGinty are against it but Opposition Leader Troy Buswell and shadow planning minister Simon O’Brien say it should get a chance.

The construction of six islands behind a 3.5km breakwater at North Port Quay will only go ahead if the State Government releases 345ha of seabed for lease and then freehold after environmental and planning approvals are gained.

“The group came and saw me three years ago, I told them then it would never happen and I hope it never happens,” the Premier said. “I don’t know what’s driving this proposal but it’s not common sense.”

But Mr Buswell said the instant dismissal of the project was typical of a Premier and Government with no vision. “These kinds of projects deserve to at the very least be investigated and properly considered rather than arrogantly dismissed out of hand as the Premier has done,” he said.

Mr O’Brien said he had some social, environmental and engineering concerns but the proposal broadly supported the Liberal Party’s vision for the area, released in December, which relocates heavy port operations and road freight traffic to James Point in Cockburn Sound.

When quizzed about the proposal last month, Planning Minister Alannah MacTiernan said she had told the proponents three years ago it would not be accepted by the public because it was too large. “I understand there has been some revision, but he’s got a lot of hurdles to surmount before it could get under way,” she said.

Fremantle Ports chief executive Kerry Sanderson said she was concerned the proposal engulfed the port, potentially affecting the efficiency of its operations.

“We also have safety concerns in terms of the access road and the potential for recreational vessels to impact on the shipping channel,” she said. “Ports worldwide are being threatened by urban encroachment because when people move nearby they suddenly complain about the 24-hour operation and try to get them closed down.”

Fremantle mayor Peter Tagliaferri said he would keep an open mind on the concept until he was fully briefed, suggesting it was exciting but there were concerns about reclamation, integration and transport conflict.

Save Freo Beaches Alliance convener Michael Martin said the failed Three Harbours proposal had shown locals were against the privatisation of the seabed but the developers needed the chance to explain their proposal.

The chairman of urban think-tank FuturePerth, Sean Morrison, said the nay-sayers should wait to see the detail.

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Who was the design team? Are they still moving forward with this?
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There hasn't been any word on it ever since it was announced and subsequently slammed.
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What's the point? Is there a land shortage in Western Australia?
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Stupidest proposal ever.

Nothing like this will ever happen in WA
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They forgot to add one thing ...
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