Engineer to inspect heritage inn

The heritage-listed site has been in decline for years, and has suffered significant vandalism.

It is the oldest commercial building in the City of Rockingham and one of WA’s only surviving 19th century hotels.

Built in 1855, the building was most recently used as a youth hostel until it suffered arson damage and was abandoned two decades ago.

LandCorp economic and employment lands program general manager John Hackett said the company was committed to protecting the inn, and were currently awaiting the engineer’s report.

‘LandCorp is working with the City of Rockingham and Heritage Council WA to determine a suitable use for the building and its surrounds,’ he said.

‘It is our intention to refurbish the building, in accordance with a previously prepared, Heritage Council WA-approved conservation plan for the site, once an appropriate user is found.

‘Until that time, LandCorp is working with the City of Rockingham and the local police to minimise access and vandalism to the building with perimeter fencing and regular police patrols.’