Concepts released for Maylands Brickworks


Maylands Brickworks site. Picture: Kristie Lim
Maylands Brickworks site. Picture: Kristie Lim

THE Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage have recommended Maylands Brickworks be turned into a clubhouse for the Maylands Peninsula Golf Course but the City of Bayswater is unsupportive.

The Department released a feasibility report on May 21 about several reactivation concepts for the heritage-listed Brickworks, which has been vacant since 1983.

It has recommended concept F, which involved the kiln being used for a relocated clubhouse, demolishing the existing clubhouse and an urban square created on the west forecourt of the kiln.

The Kiln, view of the firing circuit.

Fencing removal and rezoning the Brickworks Lake and Lot 539 to public open space instead of the current R40 residential have also been proposed.

This option would cost $5.4 million and would require financial contribution from Golf Oracle – the company that leases out the State-Government owned Maylands Peninsula Golf Course and City-owned clubhouse.

However, Golf Oracle confirmed the Department had had no contact with them since 2018 and declined to comment further.

An artist impression of the Kiln, view of the west facade. Pictures: Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.

City officers have recommended the council not support concept F, defer works to the drying shed and terminate the project with the Department’s heritage directorate.

Officers also recommended chief executive Andrew Brien consider alternate uses for the site, consider allocating funds to undertake further studies in 2020-2021 and investigate external sources of funding for conservation works and further studies.

An artist impression of the Pugmill and its machinery, centrepiece of the heritage interpretation.

The council will consider the item at Tuesday’s meeting.

Bayswater Council to make call on concepts and future of site

A Department spokesperson said concept F was the most beneficial out of the options investigated in terms of conservation and community outcomes and weighed against the evaluation criteria.

“The City of Bayswater will consider the next course of action regarding the Maylands Brickworks site,” the spokesperson said.

“No further community consultation is planned.”

In a statement, the Friends of Maylands Brickworks said the group supported the City’s recommendation to end the project.

“This will ensure the Maylands Brickworks site remains under the control of the City and open to the community which has been paramount from the beginning and follows the results of the community engagement strategy,” the statement read.

“We would like to encourage the councillors and the City to consider forming a working group with Friends of Maylands Brickworks members to enable us to create a business case and pursue alternate funding options that may not necessarily be available to local government.”

In September, the group presented a concept to the City and Department based on community feedback which included retaining the pug mill, forming a small tea room or wine bar, preserving machinery and creating a social space in the drying shed.