Heathcote Cultural Precinct Vision and Place Plan 2025

The Heathcote Vision and Place Plan describes the potential place making strategies and vision for the future activation of Heathcote Cultural Precinct

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The Heathcote Cultural Precinct is a heritage-listed site with a rich history and a variety of current uses. From 2000, a large part of the site was leased and managed by the Challenger Institute of Technology. In April 2015, the Challenger TAFE lease was returned to the City of Melville presenting the City with a clear opportunity to develop a holistic Heathcote Cultural Precinct Vision and Place Plan to guide the direction and activation of the site for the next ten years.

The City of Melville has engaged with community members, Heathcote tenants, and cultural programming and facility specialists to inform the development of a precinct vision and place plan for Heathcote. Central to the vision and place plan development is a strong community, place and people focus. Thank you to everyone who shared their ideas for what they see for the future of the Heathcote Cultural Precinct.

Heathcote Vision and Place Plan

The Heathcote Vision and Place Plan document is now available.

This report describes the vision that has emerged for the precinct, summarises insights generated through the stakeholder engagement activities under six strategic themes, identifies a number of place making strategies, and sets out a framework for place planning.

The Place Plan is intended to become a key document in guiding and developing future activities, events, uses and leases on site, and was presented to Council for formal endorsement on 21 February 2017.

For more information

For more information please contact Jana Braddock the Heathcote Gallery Curator on 9364 5666 or email jana.braddock@melville.wa.gov.au


FAQs

What is the Heathcote Cultural Precinct Vision and Place Plan Project?

The City of Melville has committed to planning for the future of the Heathcote Cultural Precinct. The City has partnered with Heathcote tenants, businesses, local residents and groups, and the wider community to shape the future of the Heathcote Cultural Precinct, by developing a Vision and Place Plan to guide the direction and activation of the site for the next ten years. Place making consultants 'Social Fabric' were commissioned to facilitate the stakeholder engagement phase of the project.

What is the Place Plan?

The Place Plan identifies unique qualities of the Heathcote Cultural Precinct, establishing a vision for the centre as well as short term actions and longer term strategies to realise that vision. The plan is achievable, clear in its intent, and established shared responsibilities between the City of Melville, Heathcote tenants, businesses, and the community, so that we can work together.

What is a ‘place-based’ approach?

A place-based approach looks at how social, economic and spatial qualities that are unique to a particular geographical area can contribute to a greater sense of place. It ensures all stakeholders are engaged in a collective process to address issues and opportunities as they are experienced within that neighbourhood or precinct.

How does this fit with the City of Melville Corporate Plan?

The Corporate Plan 2013/17, sets out key actions and success factors to ensure a vision where residents, businesses and visitors feel connected to our city. The Heathcote Cultural Precinct Vision and Place Plan project reflects the City of Melville’s vision as an engaged and vibrant city and brings together interested people in the community to shape the future of this precinct.

How does the Heathcote Vision and Place Plan project differ from other City of Melville projects?

The Heathcote Vision and Place Plan project focuses on planning for the future of this unique, state heritage listed precinct, rather than on wider town planning issues. The Place Plan establishes shared responsibilities between Council, business and local residents so that we can work together to increase the vibrancy of the precinct.