The future of the Heathcote Precinct is assured under an agreement signed by the State Government and the City of Melville.
“A key provision of the agreement is that the lower land, slated for residential development in the original plan, will be reserved for parks and recreation,” Lands Minister Doug Shave said.
“The council will landscape and maintain the lower area to the same high standard as the rest of the site.
“More than a year of extensive, painstaking negotiations have resulted in the Heathcote Co-ordination Agreement which sets clear conditions for the protection of the precinct.”
The agreement was signed by Mr Shave, Works Minister Rob Johnson, and Melville’s Deputy Mayor Gerry Hofmann and Acting CEO Neil Bolton.
Under the agreement around 20 surplus Government land sites have already been identified in Melville as being suitable for sale.
“Many of these sites are road and drainage reserves which are surplus to requirements,” Mr Shave said.
“Advances in technology and planning mean they are no longer needed for their original purpose and can be recycled to optimise community outcomes.”
Proceeds from the sale of this land are part of a package to reimburse Melville for the $6 million cost of refurbishing the Heathcote precinct.
When financial arrangements are completed, freehold title to the Heathcote Heritage Precinct will be transferred to Melville. It will contain conditions to ensure full protection of heritage values and on future uses.
“This has been a long and difficult negotiation and I commend and thank all those who have worked so hard to achieve what I believe is a very good outcome for Melville and the State,” Mr Shave said.
“The agreement between the Government and the council means that one of Perth’s most spectacular river headlands will be accessible to the public. It ensures that the heritage values of its buildings and environment will be permanently protected for the benefit of all Western Australians.”
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