Maylands Brickworks site future still not decided after council deferral


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

A COMMUNITY consultation project on the future of the vacant Maylands Brickworks site is set to be delayed after Bayswater council deferred its decision at last night’s committee meeting.

The City-owned and managed brickworks, which include one of only a handful of remaining Hoffman kilns in Australia, has remained vacant since 1984.

Council supported councillor Elli Peterson-Pik’s motion to reconsider the Heritage Directorate of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage’s proposed Maylands Brickworks Community and Stakeholder Engagement Plan at its December 5 committee meeting.

Councillors voted 5-5 for the motion before planning committee chairperson Cr Brent Fleeton used his casting vote to progress the motion.

Council will also request the Heritage Directorate to change the plan to include all Maylands ratepayers and residents are consulted on the proposed options.

The plan included a mail out to land owners and community groups within 400m 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 the plan, Maylands Golf Course operators Golf Oracle could possibly relocate from its clubhouse next door to the Brickworks site.

Heritage Directorate executive director Mike Betham said it was a shame the site had been unused for more than 30 years and the project was an opportunity to “bring it back to life”.

“Our feeling is that two months will be adequate and we would be happy to do a follow-up mail out in January if people have not responded… we may need to extend the timeframe,” he said.

“We will come back to council on November 28 with more detailed designs.

“Results would be brought back to Council in February together with feasibility and repair costs.”

Cr Catherine Ehrhardt, whose amended motion to initiate consultation after the December-January holiday period lapsed, said starting the project later would increase response rates after consultation the now-scrapped Guildford Road widening and Maylands Waterlands recorded poor returns during the same period.

In May, Bayswater council approved stage one of the enhancement and redevelopment of the 26,672sq m site, at no cost to ratepayers.

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