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Land swap to facilitate vision for South Guildford’s Rosehill Lodge

ROSEHILL Waters residential estate in South Guildford is proposing a land swap to help build on its plans for a new boutique precinct with the 99-year-old RoseHill Lodge at its centre.

The Metropolitan Region Scheme Amendment proposes to rezone part of two lots on West Parade from the rural to the urban zone, and to transfer a separate 1.3 ha portion of rural land to parks and recreation in exchange for 1.68 ha of urban-zoned land.

RWM Property general manager Tony Perrin said the proposal included “reimagining” the lodge into a casual café and gallery space with a new restaurant / tavern and function centre, alfresco terraces and some short-stay accommodation.

“Rosehill Lodge is a much-loved piece of local history that, with appropriate restoration works, can be revitalised,” Mr Perrin said.

Earlier this year, the lodge underwent short-term maintenance to help prevent further deterioration.

This included treating for white ants, repointing limestone foundations, resealing the decking board, repairing roof leaks and removing the old caretaker’s cottage, which was no longer habitable.

Mr Perrin said the Rosehill Lodge Precinct proposal would enable long-term management of the Helena River foreshore, improve the adjacent West Parade, move overhead powerlines underground, finalise vacant land uses and increase parkland areas and wildlife connectivity in the area.

“We believe the Rosehill Lodge Precinct will be something very special for South Guildford and hope the community will get behind our proposal,” he said.

Moreton Bay Figs will be retained under the plan and many existing flame trees adjacent to the vacant carpark relocated.

The WA Planning Commission said, in its opinion, the proposed amendment did not constitute a substantial alteration to the MRS.

Comments close August 19, https://consultation.dplh.wa.gov.au/

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