Major Rottnest development receives conditional approval

A major proposed redevelopment of Rottnest Island's Lodge site has been conditionally approved.

A consortium led by Place Development was selected as the preferred proponent to redevelop the site in May.

The $40 million proposal includes a range of new accommodation including affordable and premium options consisting of 46 new boutique-style rooms and 56 refurbished rooms in the Boys Reformatory and Lakeside Villas. 

The redevelopment will also feature new food and beverage facilities open to the public including a restaurant with a focus on Western Australian produce, café with alfresco seating for 70, gelato bar, a wellness centre with six treatment rooms, community space, two pools and service areas.

Rottnest Island Authority has placed a number of conditions on the approval following a public comment period which concluded in October 2021.

The conditions cover a range of matters including cultural heritage such as the requirement for a Whadjuk Aboriginal Monitor to be present on site during excavation works or ground disturbance activity.

Twenty-three submissions were received during the three week public consultation process undertaken in September and October 2021. Sixteen submissions supported the application while five raised concerns and two objected.

All submissions are available to view at

Handover of the Lodge site to Place Development is expected to occur on June 1, 2022. Redevelopment of the site is anticipated to start in mid-2022 with completion in 2025.

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View of new restaurant (left) and entrance to refurbished reformatory rooms as part of a major proposed redevelopment of Rottnest Island’s Lodge site.