The City of Melville is seeking Registrations of Interest from diverse organisations and individuals to help create a must-visit, cultural destination at the iconic Goolugatup Heathcote Cultural Precinct site in Applecross.
A unique opportunity has arisen for arts and cultural organisations, along with well-being industries, to take up residency at the site’s largest building, Dandalup Murray House, and create a vibrant hub south of the river.
Overlooking the Swan River, Heathcote’s cliff-top heritage buildings and its adjacent foreshore grounds are a much-loved recreational area.
The historical buildings and surrounding parkland already host thriving cultural and commercial activities, including a contemporary art gallery, museum, restaurant, public markets, music events, artist studios, art classes, creative small businesses and recreation. The site features a renowned children’s playground and sunset river views, both which attract locals and visitors from across the metropolitan area.
As the largest building on the Goolugatup Heathcote Cultural Precinct site, Dandalup Murray House provides a dynamic environment for visitors and residents that comprises several large and versatile spaces with a potential for a wide range of uses, along with panoramic views of the Swan River.
Goolugatup Heathcote Gallery Curator Jana Braddock said the precinct is seeking individuals and organisations that can make their mark at Heathcote and help create an exciting and intimate destination based on its history and heritage, picturesque vantage point overlooking the Swan River and its ability to offer diverse experiences.
Braddock said successful tenants would contribute to and develop the potential of Heathcote in line with the Heathcote Cultural Precinct Vision and Place Plan Project 2016-2025.
“We are looking for businesses, groups or organisations that want to be a part of a creative community, someone who matches our vision for the site as a vibrant, active hub that brings our community together,” she said. “We know there are many people out there who fit the bill and we urge them to come forward and make the most of this wonderful opportunity to be part of something special.”
Goolugatup Heathcote Cultural Precinct is less than 10km from the Perth CBD and closely connected to a number of vibrant and growing urban communities.
For cultural and commercial organisations, Heathcote provides superb access to expanding residential and business communities and hundreds of thousands of potential visitors and customers created by increasing density in surrounding suburbs and transport hubs.
Heathcote is on the fringe of the Canning Bridge Activity Centre that surrounds the integrated rail and bus transport station at Canning Bridge. The local area is expected to double in population by 2031, with employment increasing by 40%. Developments within the Activity Centre will include a mix of residential, civic, office, retail and entertainment uses.
A further 10 minutes south along the Kwinana freeway, the Murdoch Specialised Activity Centre will eventually become one of the largest employment areas outside of Perth’s CBD. Over the next two decades the area is expected to create 35,000 jobs, house 22,000 residents and support 44,000 students.
As part of the City of Melville’s Stretch Reconciliation Plan (RAP), the City is currently undergoing a process to formally rename the culturally significant site Goolugatup Heathcote, in acknowledgement and celebration of the Noongar Beeliar people’s rich history and ongoing connection to Point Heathcote.
The City is working with Landgate to formalise the renaming.
During this transitional phase, the City is referring to the hub as Goolugatup Heathcote Cultural Precinct. The name Goolugatup was selected in consultation with Aboriginal Elders and Goolugatup Heathcote Lower Lands Project and means 'place of children' in Noongar language.
Registrations of Interest close 14 October
Assessments take place 15-22 October
Tenancies begin January, 2021 (negotiable)
Permanent food and beverage opportunities are not being sought as part of this ROI process.
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