Delivering a World Class Heritage Destination to Victoria Park

Published on 25 August 2021

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Edward Millen House and surrounding buildings are the jewels in the Town of Victoria Park’s crown, and the state heritage-listed 1912 building and surrounding buildings are finally about to undergo a major restoration and redevelopment. 

In a rare and exciting collaboration between the private sector, Australian and Local Government’s, Victoria Park Council endorsed a $16 million plan to unlock the future of Edward Millen House, surrounding buildings and parklands.

Mayor Vernon said: “This public/private partnership will deliver a world class iconic destination to our Town, with all the facilities that our community has been asking us to deliver on this site for over a decade”.

The House is to be leased to WA based company Blackoak Capital Ventures for 20 years.  Their proposal includes a lump sum upfront payment of $2 million to upgrade the park.  In addition, the Town will receive ground lease rent from year 21 until the end of the lease period.

Under the proposed lease, Blackoak will carry out the heritage restoration work on the buildings, pay rates, taxes, outgoings, insurance and ongoing maintenance costs of the buildings, any new buildings and immediate surrounds.   The lease will include five options to renew of 10 years each. 

Mayor Vernon said “After years of community consultation, it was very important to secure a proposal that had a positive financial return for the community, a substantial investment in new facilities at no cost to the Town, whilst relieving the burden on the Town of paying for ongoing maintenance for the buildings.”

Blackoak’s proposal includes creating unique hospitality and entertainment offerings including café, bistro dining, gastro pub, event and function space, bakery, local produce store, fruit and vegetable gardens, and speciality farmers market for artisan food and crafts.  Importantly a public museum space is to be created inside the House, and the immediate surroundings will be landscaped.

“Council has worked hard since 2018 to resolve the future of the buildings by ensuring the preservation of this important community asset and creating great activation of the site for future generations to enjoy” said Mayor Vernon.

The Australian Government has committed funding of $4 million towards the redevelopment.  This funding will be used for heritage restoration.

The Town is seeking public submissions on the lease proposal as required under the Local Government Act.

Share your thoughts

To view the full terms of the least agreement and comment on the proposal, visit Your Thoughts or contact the Town on 9311 8111 or admin@vicpark.wa.gov.au

Feedback on the proposed lease agreement is invited until: 5pm Thursday 9 September 2021.

For more information, contact the Town on 9311 8111 or email admin@vicpark.wa.gov.au

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