Leeuwin Barracks sale imminent says Dept of Defence

THE Leeuwin Barracks site could be put on the market in about six months time, according to the Department of Defence.

The Town of East Fremantle last week announced it was about to begin creating a future planning vision for the site following months of discussion with the Department of Defence, after the department decided last year to sell the facility.

A Department of Defence spokeswoman said the site would be put on the market once the plan had been created, which was expected to take at least six months.

“Defence is working with the Town to facilitate a future vision plan for the site,” she said.

“Defence continues to field interest in the property while council develops the future vision plan.”

A steering committee comprising representatives of the Town of East Fremantle, Department of Defence and Department of Planning has been formed to oversee the visioning plan.

East Fremantle Mayor Jim O’Neill said the Town believed the development of the site was a once-in-a-generation opportunity.

“Whatever the outcome produces, we need to ensure a development that meets present and future needs of the Town and Perth,” he said.

“We believe it’s the last land of its kind on the Swan River and is likely to attract a lot of attention from developers when Defence places it on the market for sale.

“The aim is to work as closely as possible with the community, residents and interest groups to ensure their expectations and concerns are taken into account.”

Leeuwin Barracks personnel will transfer to the Irvin Barracks in Karrakatta.