Heritage Minister John Castrilli has announced the interim listing of Langley Park, the site of Perth’s first aerodrome in the 1920s, to the State Heritage Register.
Mr Castrilli said Langley Park was used for the first regular airmail service in Australia and continued to be a venue for a wide range of sporting and leisure activities for visitors and the people of Perth.
“The 11.7ha grassland area is a popular place to view the Lotterywest Skyworks and has been used as an airfield for the Red Bull Air Race World Series,” he said.
“It is still being utilised by intermittent air services such as RAAF Caribou aircraft transporting accident victims to Perth.”
The Minister said Langley Park was created by land reclamation from the adjacent Swan River between 1921 and 1935, in response to a need for open space near the city.
“It is associated with aviator Major Norman Brearley who established Western Australian Airways in 1921 and flew the first regular air mail service departing from the site,” he said.
“Located in the Central Business District and running alongside Riverside Drive, the parkland is an oasis that must be protected.
“The State Government is taking a proactive approach to preserving Perth’s historic places by adding them to the Heritage Register.
“Langley Park is considerable historic value for its social, cultural and recreational uses and is very worthy of heritage listing. The park contributes significantly to the Perth community’s sense of place.”
Mr Castrilli said in working towards the park's permanent entry in the register in the next 12 months, the Office of Heritage would be liaising with the City of Perth to develop an agreed management framework that would clarify the matters that needed to be referred to the Heritage Council for advice.
“This will enable the city to manage the care and maintenance of the park, and ensure that it continues to flourish as an active and vibrant area for the community to enjoy,” he said.
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