A COMMUNITY engagement plan on the reactivation of the Maylands Brickworks will go ahead despite concerns raised by some Bayswater councillors about the potential option of a multi-storey development.
The City-owned and managed brickworks, which include one of only a handful of remaining Hoffman kilns in Australia, has remained vacant since 1984.
At the December 5 committee meeting, the council voted 6-5 to approve the Heritage Directorate of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage’s Maylands Brickworks Community and Stakeholder Engagement Plan.
The plan included a mail-out to land owners and community groups within the vicinity of the site, information to be provided on the Heritage Directorate and the City’s websites and an invitation to groups to meet with the directorate.
According to an officer’s report, the Directorate has not finalised the options for reactivation but concept plans were presented at a councillor workshop on November 28.
Councillor Lorna Clarke, whose motion to defer the decision for a workshop lapsed 5-6, said the plan lacked a “vision” and she wanted to see genuine community consultation.
Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish said councillors were presented an option of a four to six-storey development at the workshop.
Mayor Dan Bull said he felt uncomfortable with approving the plan because it did not include the development options that were presented to councillors.
Strategic planning and place manager Matt Turner said the Directorate did not have a firm view on the height of a potential development but were prepared to drop it to four storeys.