The PMHPS joined with the National Trust (Victoria) and the Art Deco and Modernism Society to commission a more detailed study of the former Rootes car manufacturer in Salmon St.
These three organisations are concerned that there is no heritage protection for any part of the site, not even the administration building.
The detailed study revealed that the site had been used as a tank research deport during the war.
There is interesting footage from the Australian War Memorial showing the tanks and other armoured vehicles bowling across the Bend.
The report has been provided to the Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, along with a request for a more comprehensive heritage study of Fishermans Bend.
The report received extensive coverage in The Age on Tuesday 3rd August.
The full heritage report
Reeves, S Rootes Ltd Factory [former] 19-25 Salmon Street, Port Melbourne Heritage Assessment 23 July 2015
Dow, A Fishermans Bend’s ‘top secret’ World War II tank program The Age 3 August 2015
Demonstration of AFVs at Fisherman’s Bend Australian War Memorial ID no F07029
Trust Advocate Fisherman’s Bend: former Rootes car factory, and…tank research depot National Trust of Australia (Victoria)