Re­de­vel­op­ment of his­toric site likely

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

THE derelict, Bris­tile As­cot kilns have had op­por­tu­nity thrown their way af­ter the State Gov­ern­ment in­cluded a $500,000 al­lowance in its 201516 Bud­get for a plan­ning re­view.

Bel­mont MLA Glenys God­frey said the kilns had been an is­sue for lo­cal res­i­dents for many years and wel­comed the fund­ing.

She said the plan­ning re­view would in­clude com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tions for res­i­dents to share their ideas about how the site should be re­de­vel­oped.

“I have been lob­by­ing the Gov­ern­ment on this is­sue for many years,” Mrs God­frey said.

“This is very en­cour­ag­ing news and shows that our ef­forts are now bring­ing the goal of re­de­vel­op­ing the As­cot kilns closer to re­al­ity.”

Bel­mont Com­mu­nity Group (BCG) pres­i­dent Cassie Rowe stressed the im­por­tance of the site be­ing de­vel­oped as a com­mu­nity as­set.

In Septem­ber 2014 the BCG wrote to the Pre­mier and asked the State Gov­ern­ment to set aside fund­ing in the State Bud­get for the restora­tion of kilns.

“When the BCG asked lo­cal

www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d432222 res­i­dents to put for­ward ideas for the fu­ture use of the site as a com­mu­nity as­set, some re­ally in­no­va­tive ideas were raised,” she said.

“With this in mind, any restora­tion should be done in close con­sul­ta­tion with the Bel­mont com­mu­nity,” she said.

The West­ern Aus­tralian Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and City of Bel­mont are in dis­cus­sions to con­duct a joint plan­ning re­view, which will in­cor­po­rate the devel­op­ment of a lo­cal struc­ture plan, re­zon­ing and due dili­gence spe­cific to the kilns site.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

The his­toric Bris­tile kilns in As­cot are likely to be re­de­vel­oped fol­low­ing a State Gov­ern­ment al­lowance.

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