Sunset hospital site set to rise again
STAGE one of the $7.5 million Sunset Heritage Precinct redevelopment in Dalkeith will open to the public in October 2016, says Premier Colin Barnett.
Mr Barnett and Finance Minister Bill Marmion toured the former Sunset Hospital site and viewed latest artists’ impressions of the planned facilities last Wednesday.
“Over the next year, we will see this longneglected but important place transformed into a unique and accessible public asset, and a beautiful place for families to enjoy,” he said. “Landscaping of the eastern parkland and Padbury view will open up the site for the first time, with barbecue and picnic facilities overlooking the Swan River.”
Mr Marmion said workers were demolishing non-heritage buildings and clearing dangerous, diseased or intrusive vegetation and trees to prepare the parkland area to open before the October 2016 school holidays.
“The focus is on preservation and recycling, with significant timber from the current demolition program being set aside for later use across the site,” he said.
“In the longer term, we envisage that the impressive main hall will be fully restored, with potential use for performance, entertainment and community events.”
Premier Colin Barnett and Finance Minsiter Bill Marmion at the former Sunset Hospital site.