Sale marches on

THE sale of Leeuwin Barracks is a step closer with the defence department sounding out potential buyers for the prime riverfront site.

The department is looking for feedback from the property and development industry on how the East Fremantle site should be presented to market ahead of its potential sale.

The sprawling 14.3ha site could be sold as super lots and zoned for different types of use, depending on market appetite.

The DoD says more community workshops are scheduled for the first half of next year, and feedback from those and the “market sounding” will influence how the land is rezoned prior to sale.

An independent heritage assessment of the barracks is expected to be complete in the second half of this year, and in June the WA Heritage Council began its assessment of the barracks – particularly the Drill Hall, Junior Recruit Memorial and section adjacent to the parade ground – for inclusion on the WA state heritage register.

An indigenous values assessment of the barracks, in collaboration with the Whadjuk Working Party, has also been commissioned.

The DoD and East Fremantle council first consulted with the community over the future of the barracks in 2016, and endorsed the Leeuwin Vision Plan in early 2017. The plan included 1500 apartments in about 25 blocks ranging from 2 to 15 storeys, a hotel, civic precinct, local centre and a parkland running down the spine of the development.

In a nod to calls from former navy recruits that the site’s military history be acknowledged, their memorial facing Riverside Road will be expanded with a reflective pond and “commemorative space”.

The barracks is expected to go to market some time between 2022-24, as the rezoning process can take up to two years.

Closing date for those wanting to participate in the “market sounding” is September 20. For more info contact leeuwinbarracks@au.pwc.com

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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