What is happening at Hamilton Senior High School?

WA’s land and infrastructure development agency LandCorp has been engaged by the State Government to redevelop the Hamilton Senior High School Site, once the school closes in December 2017. LandCorp is seeking feedback from Hamilton Hill locals and residents as it prepares to transform the site to become part of the community.

Why is the school amalgamating?

In 2014, Education Minister Peter Collier announced Hamilton Senior High School and South Fremantle Senior High School would be amalgamated to form Fremantle College, a new independent public secondary school located at the South Fremantle Senior High School site with state-of-the-art facilities.

To find out more about Fremantle College visit the Department of Education website or the Fremantle College Facebook page.

LandCorp has been asked to take on this revitalisation project based on its award-winning track record in transforming school sites into thriving new communities.

Why is this site being developed for housing?

Projections show that by 2050 Perth’s population will reach 3.5 million people.  As Western Australia’s land development agency, one of our responsibilities is to ensure the availability of land for jobs and land for living for current and future Western Australians.

Urban regeneration is a key strategy to help make the most of existing infrastructure, including roads, access to public transport, established work opportunities, businesses, and health and education facilities.

LandCorp identifies suitable infill and urban renewal sites in established communities and develops them in a way that is sympathetic to their surrounding environment and community. 

The Hamilton Senior High School Site is in the southern corridor of Perth, near excellent infrastructure and facilities, and presents an ideal opportunity to help address Perth’s rapid population growth while improving local amenity and housing diversity.


What is LandCorp’s role?

LandCorp, as Western Australia’s land development agency, creates connected, vibrant urban places  around Perth. LandCorp has been engaged to transform the former Hamilton Senior High School site into a residential area that integrates with the surrounding area and that will support the City of Cockburn’s Revitalisation Strategy.

How will this development fit in with the local community?

LandCorp’s goal is to transform the site into a new community that integrates with the surrounding area and that supports the City of Cockburn’s Revitalisation Strategy.

Residents will enjoy a vibrant and connected community which offers a diverse range of modern housing options.

What are the plans for the old buildings?

LandCorp will demolish the school buildings and remediate the site in accordance with Occupational Health and Safety requirements, and will use best practice for waste management and recycling.

Will this development feature public open space?

Our award-winning developments feature beautiful public open space, innovative landscaping and design and best practice water-wise measures designed to ensure estates are sustainable. Access to public open spaces, parklands and walkways ensure our developments are attractive and enjoyable places to live. We will be seeking ideas from the local community on the types of open space that could be developed as part of the revitalisation of the site.

How much will housing cost?

It is too early in the planning of the site to know this level of detail. Our aim is to provide a wide range of housing types with universal access opportunities that will appeal to people of all ages.

What do you want to hear from the community?

As in other LandCorp projects, community members will be invited to contribute their thoughts about what makes the site special and what should be included in its redevelopment.

LandCorp hopes to continue to build upon the existing strong relationship between the school and the community through the design and built form process.

A concept plan will be made available for review and feedback in Autumn 2017 with a final concept plan informed by this feedback prepared for mid 2017, when it will be discussed with key stakeholders

What community consultation will be undertaken?

LandCorp will work with key stakeholders and community members to develop the vision for the site. We want the community to share their ideas for the development at a forum to be held on 23 November 2016.

Community members will be invited to contribute their thoughts about what makes the site special and what should be included in its redevelopment.

LandCorp expects a local structure plan to be lodged in mid-2017, which will be advertised by the City of Cockburn for formal public comment.

When will final decisions be made?

The first step in this process is to rezone the site from its current land use as a school to allow for future residential use, but this does not involve any design work.  The design of the future site occurs through the local structure plan process.

We expect a local structure plan to be lodged with the City of Cockburn in mid-2017, which will be advertised by the City for formal public comment.

Final approval is not expected until end of 2018. In the meantime, LandCorp will demolish the school buildings and remediate the site ready for new use.  It is anticipated that this work will commence from December 2017.

How many houses will be built?

It's too early in the planning process to know this level of detail but will be determined in 2017.