Doug Shave

Doug Shave


    Salter Point's Mt Henry project shows Government's commitment to safeguarding landmarks

    10/11/1999 10:20 AM

    The Mt Henry residential project at Salter Point is another example of State Government assets being redeveloped to provide economic and community returns.

    Lands Minister Doug Shave said this when officially opening the LandCorp project today.

    “Mt Henry demonstrates the Government’s commitment to safeguarding landmarks for future generations by carefully managing assets on behalf of the community,” Mr Shave said.

    “The project protects the site’s significant legacy from its links with the Bibbulmum Aboriginal people, the ‘Canning Camps’ during the Great Depression and former Mt Henry hospital for the aged from the early 1950s.”

    Mt Henry, seven kilometres south of the Perth CBD, is one of the last river view developments near the city. Blocks range from 443m2 to 780m2 and the first 15 of the 135 being developed will be auctioned on Saturday (November 13).

    LandCorp Chief Executive Officer Ross Holt said the 11ha site includes almost 8,000 m2 of rehabilitated bush and 3,000 m2 of landscaped parklands for community use.

    “There has been strong demand for Stage One blocks with over 500 inquiries received so far and we expect spirited bidding on Saturday,” Mr Holt said.

    The Mt Henry Public Art Program was also launched by Mr Shave at a community tile laying ceremony at today’s opening.

    The program, established by LandCorp with help from local artists Toogarr Morrison and Julie Crockett and the Community Arts Network (CAN), celebrates the site’s European and Aboriginal heritage. Sculptural and visual features include a terrazzo entry court and a mosaic fountain in the shape of an echidna.

    Art for the site was created by local artists, the Aboriginal community and Year 7 students from Manning Primary School.

    Two large London Plane Trees, retained from the site, create a central framing feature. LandCorp donated almost 50 Macrozamia trees from the site to the City of South Perth for replanting to landscape other parts of the city.

    Media contacts: John Clune (Minister’s Office) 9213 6500
    Michelle Downie (LandCorp)