Frequently Asked Questions

  • What opportunities is this Expression of Interest relating to?

    Rottnest Island Authority is offering both the Rottnest Lodge and Golf Course to the market via a two-stage process, the first of which is an Expression of Interest (EOI).  Following evaluation of submissions RIA may select a shortlist to proceed to stage 2, Request for Detailed Proposal (RFDP). Upon conclusion RIA may enter into contractual arrangements with the successful respondent.

  • What form of land tenure is being offered to the market?

    Both the Rottnest Lodge and Golf Course are being offered by way of leasehold, the length and conditions of the tenure will be negotiated with the preferred respondent at completion of the EOI and RFDP processes.

  • What will the redevelopment of the Rottnest Lodge look like?

    The Rottnest Lodge is an existing business that offers a variety of food and beverage services and short stay accommodation, portion of which is heritage listed. It is expected that the majority of the existing buildings will be upgraded and refurbished and new buildings will be constructed to integrate with the natural heritage of the precinct. Design Guidelines to be endorsed by the Heritage Council will guide any new development.

  • Will the Golf Course be retained?

    Yes, the Golf Course will be retained in its current form. It is expected that the successful proponent will not only operate the business but enhance the amenity.

  • Will the Rottnest Lodge be open this summer 2020/21?

    Yes, the Rottnest Lodge will be open during this period.

  • What consultation has occurred to date?

    The Rottnest Island Management Plan 2020-24 (www.ria.gov.au) released in draft form in 2019 noted that this site would be offered to the market as an opportunity to re-create the Lodge in harmony with its outstanding natural setting. Following submission of an Activity Notice to the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC) RIA has liaised and consulted with nominated members to undertake surveys and provide input into the Design Guidelines for submission to the Heritage Council of Western Australia.

  • What planning approval process will be required for the sites to be redeveloped?

    RIA is an independent statutory authority established by the Rottnest Island Authority Act 1987 and can approve developments. As part of the process RIA advertises substantial applications for public comment and also refers applications to other government agencies.

  • When will the public be able to make comment on the new development?

    As per the planning approval process any substantial development will be advertised for public comment prior to final consideration by RIA. The actual timing is not yet known however it is anticipated that a proposal may be advertised during 2020/21.

  • What impact will there be on the Quod and Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground?

    The Rottnest Lodge currently occupies a number of non-heritage buildings, such as staff quarters, storage and laundry facilities within the Quod and the Burial Ground precinct. This project will facilitate the progressive removal of those portions of the Lodge operations within the Quod and Burial Ground precinct and consolidate them with the Lodge proper in a new lease area.

  • When will construction commence?

    This is dependent on the procurement of a successful developer/operator and the proposed extent of the redevelopment however it is not expected that construction will be undertaken till 2021/22.

  • What impact will the redevelopment have on the Island?

    It is not expected that this development will impact significantly on the Island infrastructure as Rottnest Lodge is an existing business. The existing premises requires refurbishment and additional land has been identified for new development that will allow some of the facilities to be relocated from the heritage areas as well as for new construction that will enhance the overall quality and level of accommodation.

  • What environmental approvals have been sought?

    The Lodge redevelopment was referred to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) pursuant to the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act) and Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. On 18 February 2020, the EPA issued its decision not to formally assess the referral under Part IV of the EP Act.

  • What will happen to the vegetation onsite?

    Significant trees have been identified for retention within and adjoining the site. As part of the approval process any new development will include landscape plans to enhance the site.

  • Where can I find out more?

    To register for the relevant Expression of Interest document, please contact Andrew McKerracher, Managing Director at RIA’s agent Burgess Rawson on 0411 611 919 or amckerracher@burgessrawson.com.au. Progressive updates on the EOI process will also be provided on the RIA website.