Heritage listing no barrier for redevelopment

A MASTER plan for the redevelopment of Perth’s eastern gateway is expected to be available for public comment by April.

And one the city’s most recognisable landmarks – the Police Headquarters building – is likely to remain as part of the redevelopment.

Some early plans for the eastern gateway, stretching westward from the Causeway roundabout and down Adelaide Terrace, Riverside Drive and Hay Street, called for predominantly low-rise development, which would have required demolition of the Police Headquarters.

However, the Heritage Council of WA has recommended the building be listed on the State Register of Heritage Places, and it is understood that Heritage Minister Judy Edwards supports this proposal.

Such a listing would mean that any development applications affecting the building would have to be recommended to the Heritage Council for its comments.

The redevelopment of Perth’s eastern gateway has been given to the East Perth Redevelopment Authority because it has the statutory ability to redevelop WA Government-owned land.

There are several WA Government-owned properties in the eastern gateway area, including the Police Headquarters, the old Metrobus depot and the Government Chemical Laboratory.

EPRA chief executive officer Tony Morgan said the mooted heritage listing actually helped the authority’s plans for the area.

He said the authority would be finalising the master plan over the next two months and would release it for public comment.

In-depth planning of the Adelaide Terrace precinct – immediately to the west of the Causeway roundabout – is also being carried out.

“There is a lot of consultation work being done with stakeholders such as the WACA Ground,” Mr Morgan said.

Lord Mayor Peter Nattrass, who has been a strong advocate of redeveloping the CBD’s eastern entrance, believes the Police Headquarters building should be retained.

“I think keeping it would be a positive step but it needs to be turned to some sort of public use. If it were to be turned into a hotel that would be excellent,” Dr Nattrass said.

“If it is turned into a Government office building it would be a disaster. I also think a residential use would be inappropriate.”

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