Sun rises on Sun­set

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

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


Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett

Na­tional Trust Aus­tralia (WA) chief ex­ec­u­tive Julian Don­ald­son wants arts, cul­ture and food groups at Sun­set.

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