Swanbourne Primary School

Community Information

Construction and landscaping was completed in March 2007 and included a reserve named Hatchett Park.

Hatchett Park features reminders of the original school building, with the design based on the layout of the former primary school. The original building's footprint, portico and nameplate have all been incorporated into the design, highlighted by the planting of over 50 new trees and colourful plants.

Four significant members of the Swanbourne community who are now deceased have been honoured within the development for their contribution to the area.

Dick Hatchett, a former student, teacher and Deputy Principal, has been commemorated in the naming of the new public park.

Laneways in the development were named after John Needs and Brian Walker and a bench was installed in the park to honour Geoffrey Mathews. All three former students were friends and died during active service in the Vietnam War in the 1960s.

A community event hosted by LandCorp and the Town of Claremont at Hatchett Park on Friday, March 30, 2007, recognised the men and their families.

These park features are all explained in five interpretive signs around the park.

Development Update

Eighteen residential lots, ranging in size from 373sqm to 559sqm, have been sold. Nine of these lots were sold at a public auction on Saturday, March 31, 2007. The remaining lots were sold by private treaty shortly afterwards.

The land to the north of the development (2,057sqm denoted as ‘private ownership’) remains in the hands of the Department of Education and Training and does not form part of this residential development. The site is appropriately zoned for residential development

Purchaser Information

The Town of Claremont adopted design guidelines at the former Swanbourne Primary School site to encourage a high standard of building design.

Sustainability in Action

We redeveloped the 1.3ha site applying sustainability principles to create a quality residential estate that complements existing streets and housing.

This project was part of the Government Asset program and our role was to provide planning and development expertise to redevelop surplus government property assets. We aimed to optimise returns to government and the broader community through careful balancing of community, environmental and economic outcomes.