South Perth: Heritage listed buildings part of proposed Civic Site development

An artist’s impression of the refurbished South Perth police station.
An artist’s impression of the refurbished South Perth police station.

HERITAGE-listed properties next to the Civic Site on Mill Point Road are planned to be refurbished as part of Finbar’s proposed development on the triangular shaped land.

Finbar’s application for a development on the land bounded by Labouchere Road, Mends Street and Mill Point Road was received by City of South Perth last month.

The police station is planned to be a cafe or restaurant with alfresco areas towards Mends Street while the post office will be restored when the lease with Australia Post expires in two years.

A Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage spokesperson said the former South Perth police station was on the State Register of Heritage Places and the Commonwealth heritage list.

“As such the proposed development has been referred to the Heritage Council which will be providing advice to the City of South Perth,” they said.

The Post Office is listed on the City of South Perth’s municipal inventory of heritage places but not on the State Register of Heritage Places.

Finbar managing director Darren Pateman said the team worked closely with Heritage Council of WA and City of South Perth to ensure both buildings’ historical significance was respected and retained.

The proposed Civic Site development would include 309 apartments from the 22-storey tower and a 39-storey north tower, the tallest in South Perth if approved and built.

Mayor Sue Doherty said the Post Office was currently operating while the Police Station was vacant.“As part of the City’s assessment process, the Civic Site development application has been referred to the State Heritage Office for comment, this will be included in the City’s Responsible Authority Report,” she said.

“It is expected that the Civic Site application will be determined at a Joint Development Assessment Panel meeting to be held in March.”