Greenough Flats Historic Places EOI

Redevelopment & Partnership Opportunities up to 7 leases available .

Call for expressions of interest

 

The National Trust of Western Australia is seeking expressions of interest from potential partners to create sustainable and compatible new uses for several significant heritage places on the historic Greenough Flats, 23km south of Geraldton. Proposals are welcomed to repurpose these places to suit mutual cultural, environmental and economic strategic objectives.

The properties subject to expressions of interest are included on the State Register of Heritage Places and comprise:

These places are all part of an extensive portfolio of heritage places managed by the National Trust in Western Australia. Expressions of interest may be submitted for individual places, a selected group or places or all places on this list.

Central Greenough (historic settlement), on the Brand Highway which links Indian Ocean Drive with Geraldton in Western Australia’s Coral Coast, is situated close to the places under consideration however does not form part of this expression of interest. Redevelopment of these vacant places near Central Greenough has the potential to build on the cultural tourism offering in the area.

Central Greenough is open to the public daily. As a highly significant heritage place, Central Greenough aims to become one of the key places to visit in the region. It is currently one of the National Trust’s most visited properties in the State and has the potential to attract a greater number of visitors.

Cultural tourism is an important element in the mix of visitor attractions to the region. Tourism data shows that key attractions have the potential to increase the length of stay of visitors; and that cultural tourists generally stay longer and spend more on their visits. We welcome your ideas and proposals to re-purpose our vacant heritage places to suit mutual economic, environmental, and cultural objectives.

The National Trust’s objectives include, but are not limited to:

  • Development of sustainable places with compatible new uses
  • Integration of cultural heritage values in any proposed work
  • Exploration of the potential to open the places to visitors

The National Trust strives to maintain strong and vibrant partnerships with government, businesses and community organisations along the Coral Coast and in the Mid West region. It also supports active community engagement with the State’s heritage, including sensitive redevelopment enhanced by interpretation. Finding a new use for vacant historic places within the significant Greenough Flats can enhance community awareness of the area’s heritage values.

Scope of Project

Background                  

The historic Greenough Flats district was originally inhabited by the Yamaji and Noongar Aboriginal tribal groups. Colonial expansion into the district saw intensive settlement and freehold sales on the Flats between 1857 and 1867. An immigrant ticket of leave workforce enabled the district to expand quickly following the arrival of convicts in the Swan River Colony in 1850. By 1879 there were 162 houses in Greenough along with a Police Station, Courthouse, schools and churches. Roads and bridges were also built by convicts and Central Greenough became the focal point for social interactions.

By 1875 Greenough Flats was the leading primary food production area for the Colony. However, by 1890 two natural disasters (including red rust) ruined the wheat crop and floods inundated the Front Flats which led to the decline of the district. Into the 20th century, many places were abandoned and fell into disrepair. Central Greenough and a number of other significant places were acquired by the National Trust in in the late 1970s and have remained under Trust management since that time.

Potential uses              

Each of the places listed in this expression of interest are vacant and currently listed as reserves for public purposes. Any proposed use will be subject to local council approval and early liaison with the City of Greater Geraldton regarding planning and building code compliance requirements is recommended. Relevant documents and additional planning information is available on the City of Greater Geraldton web site.

As the historic Greenough Flats area is of State heritage significance, planning restrictions on the development of the area exist. The places are within a Special Control Area with guidelines to ensure the conservation of the heritage values of the area.

Proponents are encouraged to discuss any proposals with the City of Greater Geraldton as well as the National Trust of Western Australia. The National Trust encourages compatible uses that respect the cultural significance of the place. These may include residential and/ or commercial uses.

Heritage approvals      

The National Trust of Western Australia has delegated authority under the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990 for places it owns or manages. This gives the organisation the power to lodge applications with supporting documentation directly to the decision making authority without referral to the State Heritage Office.

A heritage impact statement prepared by an appropriately qualified heritage professional shall be lodged with any planning, building, demolition or other application affecting the properties. An archival record prepared by an appropriately qualified heritage professional will also be required prior to works proceeding. Documents will be provided to the State Heritage Office for their information and records.

Each of the places under consideration are held by the National Trust with freehold title.

PlaceLocationLease areaHeritage listingsPlans & Drawings
Central Greenough (Greenough Historic Hamlet)
Not for lease
n/aState Register of Heritage Places number 01137, Classified by the National Trust Conservation Plan Vol One and Two (1995) Palassis Architects
Gray’s Store, Cnr of Company Road & McCartney RoadLot 1 on Plan Diagram 744242,023 sqmState Register of Heritage Places number 01153, Municipal Inventory place 50 category 1Conservation Plan (2000) Palassis Architects, Site Plan, Floor Plans,External Elevations
Wesleyan Church, Cnr of Company Road & McCartney RoadLot 2 on Plan Diagram 744254,043 sqmState Register of Heritage Places number 1167 , Municipal Inventory place 049 category 1Conservation Plan (1999) Palassis Architects, Site Plan, Floor Plans, External Elevations
Stone Barn and Cottage, 220 McCartney RoadLot 1 on Plan Diagram 532726,298 sqmState Register of Heritage Places number 03748, Municipal Inventory place 048 category 3No individual conservation plan, Site Plan, Partial Floor Plans
Cliff Grange, 11 Gregory RoadPart of Lot 3 on Plan Diagram 64228 2,840 sqmState Register of Heritage Places number 01154, Municipal Inventory place 032 category 1 No individual conservation plan, Site Plan, Floor Plans,External Elevations
Clinch’s Mill, 9 Gregory RoadLease part of Lot 1 on Plan Diagram 49220, License for conditional access to other areasPart of 21,129 sqmState Register of Heritage Places number 01146, Municipal Inventory place 031 category 1Conservation Plan (2002) Palassis Architects, Site Plan, Floor Plans,External Elevations
Greenough Hotel, 9 Gregory RoadLease part of Lot 1 on Plan Diagram 49220, License for conditional access to other areas of Lot 1 and Lot 3 PD 64228 (common road)Part of 16,748 sqmState Register of Heritage Places number 01143, Municipal Inventory place 030 category 1 Conservation Plan (1998) Palassis Architects, Site Plan, Floor Plans
St James’ Church, 33583 Brand HighwayLot 703 on Plan Diagram 2520602,021 sqmState Registered of Heritage Places number 01145,Municipal Inventory place category 1Conservation Plan (2006) Eastman Poletti Sherwood Architects with Gary Martin, Historian, Site Plan, Floor Plans, Internal & External Elevations

Further Information

Lease Terms                

These places are available for lease either individually or as a group. Short or long term lease options and terms are negotiable subject to agreed valuations.

Planning Controls        

There are a number of relevant statutory controls and agencies, planning and management frameworks. The proponent is recommended to obtain independent advice on planning and statutory controls that may affect their proposal.

Form of proposal         

Proponents submitting an expression of interest are to include:

  • full details of all parties involved in the expression of interest (name, address and contact details)
  • preliminary scope of the proposal
  • preliminary outline of a business plan if the proposal involves running a business
  • amount of funds that would be available to invest in the building adaptation/conservation project and a statement of financial capacity to finance the works
  • detail any previous experience of running such a business
  • understanding of the importance of conservation of the heritage values of the place
  • an indication of the desired lease terms

Proponents who wish to express an interest in sole residential use with no business model:

  • full details of all parties involved in the expression of interest (name, address and contact details)
  • amount of funds that would be available to invest in the building adaptation/conservation project and a statement of financial capacity to finance the works
  • preliminary scope of the proposal
  • understanding of the importance of conservation of the heritage values of the place
  • an indication of the desired lease terms

Enquiries and submissions     

Assessment of expressions of interest will be ongoing from March 2017 until all lease options have been accepted

Enquiries should be directed to:

Kelly Rippingale

National Trust of Western Australia

4 Havelock St

WEST PERTH WA 6005

08 9321 6088

[email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a guiding management policy for the heritage place(s)?

The proponent is required to work with the National Trust to prepare an updated Conservation and Management Plan either before works commence or on completion of any works to the place as agreed. Some places have individual conservation and management plans prepared and some do not yet have an individual conservation plan. The ‘Historic Greenough District Conservation Masterplan’, prepared by Palassis Architects for National Trust of Australia (WA), 1995. Vol 1 & 2 provides overarching management policy for Greenough.

What would the National Trust commit to the project?

The fundamental priorities of the National Trust are to have watertight, secure and structurally sound heritage buildings stabilised for the future. Any lessee will be expected to fund agreed capital improvements as pre-payment of an agreed rental value.

The National Trust does not have cash funds to contribute to conservation of the fabric. It is however eligible to seek grant funding towards non-commercial aspects of a project, including but not limited to interpretation and education components.

The Trust has recently received a Midwest Regional Development Commission Royalties for Regions grant to fund a one year skills training program with the Greenough Regional Prison for stone conservation works to heritage places in the area. Such initiatives have the potential to also support future works to these heritage places.

Can I use my own architect?

As each of these places is included on the State Register of Heritage Places, services of an appropriately experienced architect are required.  If the proposed architect does not have sufficient heritage experience, a heritage consultant will need to be part of the project team.

The National Trust has an in house team of conservation architects with extensive conservation experience and a proven track record of successful adaptive reuse projects. The team is available on a fee for service basis at competitive rates.

All endorsed proposals are to be developed with a team that includes professional conservation architects and any other required specialist architectural, environmental, engineering, fitout, or cost consultants.

The project team should prepare a detailed policy guideline for any adaptive reuse proposal as part of the approvals process. Potential procurement models include:

  • National Trust architects undertake all architectural and project management services for the needs of the project including design, documentation, consultant management and heritage impact assessment;
  • works are documented and contract administered by National Trust architects with fit out by others; or
  • National Trust architects act as heritage advisors to nominated project architects.

Can I use my own builder?

Any proposed registered builder is required to have a proven history of experience working with heritage places, demonstrating sensitivity for heritage values and fabric. The National Trust will prepare evaluation criteria for consideration of builders prior to any tenders or help assess suitability of any builder.

Are there drawings available?

Measured drawings specific to each place, as listed in the table above can be requested from the National Trust in AutoCAD dwg format. We recommend all dimensions are confirmed on site.

How can I view the sites?

Please contact the National Trust to make arrangements for access to these places.

What is the deadline for submissions?

Expressions of interest will remain open until all leases have been secured.  Assessment of submissions will commence early March 2017 and be considered on merit from this date.