St John’s face to stay

THE old St John of God in Bunbury will be kept intact on the outside at least, says one of the group of fifteen who purchased the property for $6.1 million.

While everyone is ‘keeping mum’ over the deal, Business News’ investigations indicated that local builder and civil engineering contractor Devaugh managing director Merv Waugh was one of those involved in the purchase of the property.

Mr Waugh, while acknowledging he was one of the buyers, declined to say who else was involved in the purchase of the 2.8 hectare site bounded by Sampson Road, Spencer, Parkfield and Edward Streets.

Southern Districts Estate Agents’ Ross Ranson brought the syndicate of fifteen people together, most of whom are from the South West, after tenders were called by selling agent Warren Tucker.

The site, rezoned special use city centre, has a ratio of R40-R60 and incorporates eight titles.

Mr Waugh said the exterior of the building would remain intact and, while not confirming what the building would be used for, he did say it would bring benefits to the local community.

Local rumours suggest the most likely scenario is for apartments and high density terrace housing while the old convent may be turned into a backpacking establishment.

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