Maddington Homestead site to be redeveloped


Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle in front of the Maddington Homestead.
Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au   d461928
Maddington Homestead site to be redeveloped
Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle in front of the Maddington Homestead. Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au d461928

GOSNELLLS council has approved a plan for the Maddington Homestead, which will see office spaces and a community hall go up at the site.

The homestead was involved in a fire in 2004 which destroyed the roof and the first floor of the place.

Council has now approved a local development plan, which will have a community hall, medical centre, accommodation and a carpark.

In May, council resolved to approve the restoration of the homestead and outbuildings to be used as an office and |associated car parking.

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In June, it resolved to approve a local development plan subject to modifications.

The site has received subdivision approval to create 15 lots, including an extended road network, 12 single lots, two grouped housing sites.

The State Heritage Office found that it was the oldest |extant residence in the district and was an extremely rare |example of a substantial settler’s house built in WA before the convict era.

According to council documents, the City’s Municipal Heritage Inventory identifies the homestead as a category A place, which encourages |retention and conservation of the place.

City of Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle said:

“The future of the State heritage-listed Maddington Homestead has been a concern for the City for a considerable time.

“The remnants of the old buildings represent some of the earliest development in the City of Gosnells area and the City has been very keen to work with the landowners so the site can be restored in a way that respects the past and serves a new community purpose.

“The development plan for the land sets out a blueprint to achieve those aims and the City is excited to see development that will complement the restoration of the old buildings and retention of the site’s natural characteristics.”

The new caretaker/occupier will be the Tzu Chi Foundation, a non-profit Taiwanese charity group.