Town accepts Federal grant to progress Ed Millen redevelopment project

Published on 16 December 2020

Anthony Vuleta, Steve Irons and Karen Vernon at Edward Millen House

The Town has thanked the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, Michael McCormack, and the Member for Swan, Steve Irons, for awarding a $4 million funding contribution to progress the Edward Millen precinct redevelopment project. 

On the campaign trail in 2019 Steve Irons promised to deliver $4 million to kick start the project should the Liberal Government get re-elected. The Town was advised in September 2020 that it had been awarded the funding through the Commonwealth Community Development Grants program. Council formally accepted the grant at the November Ordinary Council Meeting. 

Mayor Karen Vernon and CEO Anthony Vuleta met with Steve Irons at the historic Edward Millen House to acknowledge the contribution made by the Federal Government. 

“This will be a transformative project for the Town. I’d like to thank the Federal Government for their considerable contribution to kick-start the project which will attract the private sector investment needed to deliver the overall adaptive heritage re-use development,” said Mayor Vernon. 

“Steve works tirelessly as the local Federal member to bring local issues to the attention of those in Canberra and we appreciate his efforts. 

“I’d also like to thank Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and his department for awarding the funds to secure the future preservation, use and enjoyment of this heritage precinct for our community.” 

The $4 million will be spent on hazardous material removal, increasing structural integrity and the capping of existing services. A variety of refurbishment, replacement and repair will be done to make the buildings fit-out ready. 

An Expression of Interest to attract developers with unique heritage redevelopment experience is currently open until 19 January 2021. 

For more information on the project, visit