- Land transfer allows RSLWA to embark on $23 million improvement plan
Premier Colin Barnett today signed a Heads of Agreement gifting ANZAC House to the Returned and Services League of Australia WA Branch (RSLWA) and paving the way for a $23 million redevelopment of the St Georges Terrace property.
The site was originally owned by the RSLWA and was surrendered to the State to make provision for the law courts. "It is fitting we now return the asset to the RSL," Mr Barnett said.
The Premier said the plans to redevelop ANZAC House into a new seven-storey home for the RSLWA, which could also provide options for Ex Service Organisations to use some of the space, was a good move forward. Commercial office accommodation would also be incorporated.
"The land transfer is one of a number of Liberal National Government contributions made in recognition of the Anzac centenary commemorations," he said.
"ANZAC House land alone is valued at $3.36 million. In total, the State Government contributed nearly $30 million for the commemorations, including $15.8 million for the National Anzac Centre and centenary events in Albany."
Veterans Minister Joe Francis said the ANZAC House redevelopment would deliver a much needed boost in office space for the RSLWA.
"In addition to office space, RSLWA plans to include a dedicated one-stop-shop for pension, advocacy and welfare services," he said.
"Having these services at one location will make life much easier for RSL members and other veterans."
Mr Francis said the RSLWA would contribute $15 million toward the project and would seek the remaining $8 million from Lotterywest.
The land transfer was agreed on the basis that the RSLWA uses the land for the promotion and benefit of its objectives, fees or rental income be used to maintain and repair the property and the RSL provides the Government with first right of refusal on leased office space.
- The current ANZAC House was opened in 1981
- The Government has now contributed nearly $30 million to ANZAC centenary commemorations including the WWI Albany convoy re-enactment, The Giants visit and the Victoria Cross/George Cross plaques project on roads leading to Albany
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