Old Maylands Brickworks site project welcomed


The vacant Maylands Brickworks site.
The vacant Maylands Brickworks site.

MAYLANDS Historical and Peninsula Association president Deborah Chinnery has welcomed a community consultation project about the reactivation of the vacant Maylands Brickworks site.

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

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

The City and the State Heritage Office are working together on the project.

Ms Chinnery said the association was looking forward to taking part in the project, which was a “great opportunity” for Maylands.

“The Maylands Brickworks is a fantastic heritage site which we believe has a lot of potential for heritage tourism,” she said.

“It will be wonderful for locals and tourists to be able to experience the Brickworks once again.

“The State Heritage Office has achieved great outcomes in Fremantle, so we are interested to see what ideas they have for this important heritage site in Maylands.”

Planning, Lands and Heritage Department Director General Gail McGowan said the project’s aim was to gauge how people felt about the site and possible connections to the surrounding open space.

“We will be especially keen to engage with residents who live in the immediate vicinity, when we commence community consultation, likely in early December,” she said.

A City spokesman said following council’s decision to initiate the preparation of concept plans and a feasibility study, the City and State Heritage Office have been focusing on planning the engagement component to ensure that the community was involved with the project.

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