Leeuwin Vision Plan - Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the Vision Plan being prepared?

The Leeuwin Vision Plan will ensure a greater level of development certainty for the community and prospective purchasers, and will lead to a higher quality outcome.

The Vision Plan will include a vision statement and development objectives and provide direction with regards to:

  • The site’s development potential
  • What uses might occur on the site
  • The height of development
  • Design and location of open spaces, streets and buildings
  • Celebration of the site’s heritage and natural features
  • Achievement of sustainable outcomes

It can be assumed that housing will be a key feature within the Vision Plan to ensure that the Town contributes to housing some of Perth’s projected growth of 3.5 million people by 2050.

Who will be involved in the Design Forum?

A significant number of stakeholders will be invited to be a part of the design forum, including: government departments and agencies, service authorities, surrounding land and business owners, surrounding local government representatives, local community groups, special interest groups, property developers, architects and builders, aged care providers, educational representatives, and local, state and federal politicians.

How long will it take to complete the Vision Plan?

The Vision Plan is intended to be completed by the end of 2016.  The 4-day design forum is a key part of the process, providing an opportunity for the key stakeholders and the community to participate. 

Is the site Heritage listed?

The site has historical significance in demonstrating the role of the RAN during World War II, the National Service era of the 1950s, and in particular the role of the Junior Recruits in the RAN from the 1960s to the 1980s. The remaining buildings on site reflect each major phase of the site’s usage. 

Leeuwin Barracks is recognised as a place of cultural heritage value through inclusion on the Town of East Fremantle Municipal Heritage Inventory and its Town Planning Scheme (TPS) Heritage List. The Drill Hall is also under consideration for assessment with a view to entry into the State Register of Heritage Places. 

Will the Junior Recruits Memorial be protected?

Leeuwin Barracks is strongly associated with the RAN junior recruits who were trained at the facility between 1960 and 1984. In 2010, this strong association was formally recognised by the installation of a memorial in front of the Drill Hall, which commemorates the role of the junior recruits in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping activities since 1960.

Provisions have been made as part of this project to protect the Junior Recruits Memorial, which comprises a granite monument, main mast, and paved garden area, as part of the contract of sale. 

What happens once the site is sold?

Following the Vision Plan process, Defence will be undertaking any further steps required in order to facilitate the sale of the site. 

Defence properties are sold in accordance with the Commonwealth Property Disposals Policy. This policy states that all surplus Commonwealth property is to be sold on the open market for full market value.

Where to after the sale?
The preparation of the Leeuwin Vision Plan is only the first of many steps in the planning process.

The site is currently zoned ‘Public Purposes’ under the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) and Town of East Fremantle Town Planning Scheme No. 3 (TPS3). The site will need to be rezoned to facilitate its use for any other purpose.

It is intended that the Vision Plan be used as a base to inform the subsequent statutory processes including MRS and TPS3 amendments, local structure planning, design guidelines, subdivision and ultimately development applications.

How will the Town provide information on the redevelopment program from here on?

As the development of the Leeuwin site progresses, it is intended that the Town provide regular updates via Facebook, the Town’s website and newsletters and media statements.

What further opportunities will there be for community consultation?

As the development process unfolds there will be opportunities for public comment during the MRS and TPS3 amendment phases as these require statutory advertising periods to occur and the Town would invite community comment on the development of design guidelines and development applications.

Who should I contact if I have any further enquiries?

Following the Vision Plan process, you can contact the Town of East Fremantle via email

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