The National Trust of Western Australia is seeking expressions of interest for the first time to lease the former railway Roundhouse in Collie and to find possible tourism and community options for the building.
Thought to be the only remaining structure of its type in the state, the building is part of the national heritage list.
Built in the early 1950’s, the Roundhouse housed 14 steam locomotives and today remains intact with the 100ft turntable and pit, the largest in WA.
Charted to protect and promote the heritage values of the building since 2011, the National Trust have recognised the way to achieve this is by supporting a range of activities and uses for the site.
National Trust of Western Australia’s acting chief executive officer said the heritage site has great significance to the town and the local community.
“There is strong local support for the place to become accessible and useful once more. Being the only remaining roundhouse in WA this site presents a unique opportunity,” Mr Sirna said.
The National Trust are hoping for potential lessees to help find a sustainable and new use for the site, located just off Coalfields Highway, and to capitalise on its landmark status, contributing to the economic and social development of the town.
Member for Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray said the locals were eager to see the site transformed into a place for suitable public use.
“The local community is very keen to see this building contribute to the social and economic development of our town and for the heritage of the place to be made available to visitors,” Mr Murray said.
The site is currently classified under restricted use, meaning that until they seek advice or funding to undertake necessary remediation of the site, like removing asbestos the site won’t be suitable for public use.
The National Trust said seeking assistance from the successful lessee to contribute to the costs associated with the remediation was also an option.
Collie Heritage and Menshed Group member Keith Robinson said he’s hopeful someone will be able to step up and lease the site so something is done with it as it would be a great tourist attraction.
Expressions of interest to lease the site should be submitted to the National Trust by 3pm Monday, September 24. For more information go to www.nationaltrust.org.au/.