Landcom is calling for community feedback on the future use of heritage buildings at Bardia Barracks at an information session on Saturday, 24 March.
Landcom Head of Projects Matthew Beggs said the Bardia Barracks heritage precinct was an important link to Australia’s military history as a former training camp for soldiers who served in various conflicts since World War II.
“Ingleburn Army Camp was built in 1940 as a training camp for thousands of troops who served their country during the Second World War, and many Australians have a family connection with this significant heritage site,” Mr Beggs said.
“Soldiers that went on to serve in the Korean and Vietnam wars, the National Service and Army Reserve also trained at the camp, which was used by the defence force as a training facility up until the 1990s.
“As Australia’s first purpose-built training camp for World War II, it is important the site is preserved for future generations to learn about our nation’s wartime history.
“Landcom is identifying opportunities for appropriate adaptive reuse of the buildings, complimentary to the precinct’s heritage values.
“Landcom is investigating the option to restore and reuse the former guard house and cell block as a café and museum, providing new residents of Edmondson Park with a new recreational facility and supporting cultural development in the area.
“Reusing the buildings could safeguard the site’s future and open it up for local residents to enjoy.”
Mr Beggs said Edmondson Park was experiencing significant growth and it was important to plan for current and future residents to support their needs.
“Landcom is committed to ongoing consultation with the community and I would encourage local residents to attend the information session to find out more and have their say,” Mr Beggs said.
“We are keen to hear the community’s views on the proposal and get ideas for suitable community and retail uses at Bardia Barracks so we can plan for the site’s future.”
The information session will be held at Bardia Barracks, northern side of Campbelltown Road (opposite Mont St Quentin Oval), Edmondson Park from 10am to 2pm.
The community can drop in any time to talk to the project team. There is no need to RSVP.
Feedback received from the community and key stakeholders, including councils and the Office of Environment and Heritage, will inform investigations for future uses of the site.
For more information about the event, please call 1800 244 863 or go to: landcom.com.au/edmondsonpark