In August 2017, EXTENT Heritage were commissioned to provide heritage services for the Western Growth Project – Bankstown Campus Redevelopment. As WSU seeks to redevelop the site as part of its Western Growth initiative, which will include transferring all current educational operations at Milperra to a new and more accessible Bankstown CBD campus by 2020, it is proposed that the existing campus at Milperra be redeveloped to accommodate housing and retail facilities in the area. While the subject site does not have any heritage significance, it is bound to its north by Bullecourt Avenue, and to its west by Ashford Avenue – both of which are part of the listed item of local significance – Milperra Soldier Settlement (Roads).
The Milperra Soldier Settlement roads have heritage significance as these are the remaining road patterns of the 1917 Soldier Settlement that was established in the area after World War I to repatriate returned servicemen who had served overseas. The site had 56 farms and 5 roads. While none of the buildings survived the road patterns and some lot boundaries have, thereby making these items of local significance.
The project is at the Master Plan Stage, and EXTENT’s role in this project has been to assist and inform the precinct planning and design process, followed by impact assessments to be appended to the master plan, and finally advice regarding heritage management processes following submission.
EXTENT has provided the following assessments that will accompany the Development Application for the project:
Due Diligence Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment of the subject site;
Statement of Heritage Impact that provides an assessment of the impacts of the proposed development on the indigenous and European significance of the site and its surrounds.
In January 2016 AHMS and Futurepast Heritage merged to form Extent Heritage. EXTENT offers the most comprehensive range of built heritage, archaeology and Aboriginal heritage services available within the Australian and Asia Pacific region.