Rottnest Lodge Redevelopment Community Consultation

Public comment sought on planning proposal for Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) is seeking public comment on a development application for the Rottnest Lodge site on corner of Kitson Street and Digby Drive on Rottnest Island.

The proposal includes 102 accommodation rooms (46 new rooms, 56 refurbished Boys Reformatory rooms and Lakeside Villas), food and beverage facility, café, wellness centre, pools and service areas.

A community information session will be held for the proposal on Tuesday 21 September 2021 between 4:30pm and 6pm at the WA Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay, Peter Hughes Drive, Fremantle.

The information session will take place upstairs at the Australia II Gallery. Access is via the main entry on the ground floor.

The proposed plans are available for inspection below:

Design Guidelines:

The following surveys and investigations commissioned by RIA as part of the Lodge project process are available below:

Comments must be submitted in writing to the undersigned by Monday, 11 October 2021.

J Banks
Executive Director
Rottnest Island Authority PO Box 693 FREMANTLE WA 6959
Email -
Fax - 9432 9301

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is this proposal happening?

    The project is a key initiative of the Rottnest Island Management Plan 2020-24 to facilitate new private developments and specifically to re-create the Lodge in harmony with its natural setting, while respecting the solemn Aboriginal history of the area.

    RIA called for expressions of interest to redevelop the Rottnest Lodge site in March 2020. Six respondents were shortlisted and invited to submit detailed proposals against specific selection criteria including design, cultural and commercial factors. The submissions were assessed by an expert panel including representatives from RIA, Office of Government Architect and a member of the Wadjemup Aboriginal Reference Group (WARG).

  • Where is the Lodge located?

    The site is located between the Thomson Bay Settlement and the salt lakes.

  • Who is the proponent?

    Place Development Australia leads a Perth-based consortium including GPA Pty Ltd and Pendulum Group. The proposed development was designed by Fremantle architects Spaceagency.

  • What is proposed for the site?

    The proposal includes 102 accommodation rooms and 1 duty manager room, food and beverage facility, café, wellness centre, two pools and service areas.

  • If the development application is approved, when will construction start and when will the project be completed?

    Place Development is expected to take handover of the Lodge site following expiry of the current lease on 31 May 2022. Redevelopment of the Lodge site is anticipated to start in mid 2022 with completion in 2025.

  • Will construction cause disruption to visitors?

    The construction phase will require a construction and traffic management plan to minimise impacts to Island visitors and businesses.

  • What is happening to the Quod building?

    The Lodge is situated next to the former Aboriginal prison building known as the "Quod". Whadjuk Noongar people will lead consultation on a proposal for the future of the Quod as part of The Wadjemup Project. RIA has undertaken extensive due diligence on the Lodge site including ground penetrating radar surveys, an ethnographic survey and an archaeological survey in conjunction with Whadjuk Noongar Traditional Owners.

  • What is happening to the golf course?

    The Rottnest Lodge site is being progressed independently of the golf course.

  • What happens after the end of public consultation?

    The Rottnest Island Authority will make its final decision following assessment of the application. All persons and organisations that made a submission during the comment process will be informed in writing of the RIA’s determination and this will generally occur within 30 days of the development application being determined.