The Assembly

Planning Process

Lodgement of the Development Application represents a significant milestone for the site’s redevelopment.
A number of key check-points have been reached over the past 7 years, with many conversations with stakeholders adding energy and ideas that have informed the site’s redevelopment.


Step One


Site acquired by 3 Oceans Property Group.


Step Two

Structure Plan Lodged

Structure Plan lodged with the City of Fremantle. The Structure Plan will facilitate the delivery of a total of 500 dwellings across the site, with areas of ‘Mixed Use’ (Commercial) development to be incorporated within the existing heritage buildings (to be retained as part of the future development).


Step Three

Structure Plan Approved

WAPC resolved to approve the Structure Plan, subject to modifications. The modifications to the Structure Plan included requirements relating to staging, funding arrangements, location and size of open space, internal access, design details of the internal link road and required a revised Traffic Impact Assessment.


Step Four

Final Endorsement by WAPC

The Structure Plan was modified in accordance with the WAPC’s 2017 resolution and resubmitted for final approval in June 2020. At its meeting on 22 September 2020, the Statutory Planning Committee of the WAPC resolved to approve the Structure Plan.


Step Five

Design Advisory Committee Meeting # 1

The development proposal was presented to the City of Fremantle Design Advisory Committee for comment in September 2021.


Step Six

Design Advisory Committee Meeting # 2

The development proposal was refined by the Project Team in response to the matter raised at the September 2021 Design Advisory Committee Meeting and presented to the City of Fremantle Design Advisory Committee for further review in December 2021.


Step Seven

Lodgement of Development Approval

Development Application lodged for assessment by the City of Fremantle, prior to determination by the Metro Inner-South Joint Development Assessment Panel. The Development Application is anticipated to be advertised for public comment in July 2022, with a determination expected in September – October 2022.


Step Eight

Development Approval

Anticipated date of Development & Planning Approval.


Step Nine

Commencement of Construction

Anticipated date of construction commencement of Stage 1.

Creative Team

The project vision has been brought to life by Perth’s most experienced and respected creative teams led by:

Land Owner




Landscape Architects

Development Manager

Town Planning

Rowe Group


Full Circle


The Assembly



The Assembly is a new civic precinct that will become a heart for the existing and future community. It will reactivate the iconic Matilda Bay Brewery building, create new connections through the area, deliver public spaces and activity, and create housing options for the whole community.

The site has a rich indigenous and industrial history, being located on a major walking trail between Fremantle and Mount Eliza and previously used as the Ford Assembly Plant and Matilda Bay Brewing Company.  The site has been sitting vacant for almost a decade, with no community access to the heritage building or the surrounding landholding.


A Development Application will be lodged with the City of Fremantle and determined by the Metropolitan South-West Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP). More information on the Panel can be found on the Western Australian Planning Commission Website

The Development Application will be formally advertised by the City of Fremantle for a period of 28 days. To support this public advertising period, a series of community drop-in sessions and site tours have been organised. You can register for the events here.

The design of the precinct has been carefully considered and includes varied building heights of 2, 10, 11 and 16 storeys covering only a third of the site area. The buildings have been designed and placed to respond to the heritage building, create new public space, minimise overshadowing and retain key site lines through the area.

The proposed buildings are largely compliant with the planning rules, including plot ratio and site coverage controls. Variations to building heights are proposed to achieve more slender building forms, celebrate the heritage building, free up public space on the ground floor, reduce overshadowing and maintain views of significance.

The Assembly is pursuing 5 star-Green Star design and will include solar power, LED lighting, solar passive and cross ventilated apartment design and efficient air conditioning.  75% of the site will be landscaped including the planting of 62 new trees across the area.

A total of 122 publicly accessible car bays will be provided for visitors to The Assembly.  A further 341 bays are provided for the apartments.

The Matilda Bay Brewery Building is included on the City of Fremantle Local Heritage List. The design retains and celebrates the heritage building, proposing 3,600sqm of adaptive re-use into a new brewery, restaurant and local produce store. Public space is also proposed around the building to celebrate its iconic façade.


The site will be transformed into a new civic precinct, with restaurants, cafes, provedore, brewery, co-working spaces and creative studio spaces adding life and vibrancy to the area. These uses will be supported by new public spaces and communal facilities for new residents.

207 diverse housing options are proposed including 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom apartments.  These new dwellings are provided with exclusive communal amenity including new pilates studios, children’s play areas, landscaped decks and working from home facilities, creating spaces for the whole community.

Following planning determination later this year, the development partners will commence detailed design of the precinct and buildings.  Construction is anticipated to commence in 2023.

To review the full Development Application documents and comment on the proposal, visit

To register for project updates, register interest in retail or apartment opportunities, please use the enquiry form below.