Sun rises on Sunset
LAWN weddings and digital movie making could mix with family picnics at the re-opened Sunset Heritage Precinct in Dalkieth, which will be managed by the National Trust Australia (WA).
“There’s a potential to mix art, culture and food, and public use in the open spaces,” Trust chief executive Julian Donaldson said.
Premier Colin Barnett reopened the former 8ha Sunset Hospital site, near where he grew up, 10 days ago.
Since Mr Barnett announced the precinct in 2013, $8 million has been spent removing rubbish, modernising water and power supplies, landscaping, building barbecues and an adventure playground, and putting in seating and new toilets .
Essential services at the site, which was vacant since 1995, were improved using money from the sale of a 1993sq m block at its southwest corner to the Sultan of Johor last year.
Mr Donaldson said he could see artists, film makers, arts and community groups, and food gourmets, using the remaining buildings, many of which still require renovation, as the site develops into a cultural hub over 10 to 15 years.
“We’ll be looking for tenants after it’s handed over from the Department if Finance to the Trust, perhaps mid-year,” he said.
The Sunset site has a European history going
back to the 1904 construction of the Claremont Old Men’s Home at the location.
A large ‘Sunset’ sign on the banks of the Swan River was a prominent landmark, and it was uncovered and painted during the recent renovations.
Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins said councillors and residents were “very happy” with the work that had been
National Trust Australia (WA) chief executive Julian Donaldson wants arts, culture and food groups at Sunset.