Long-awaited Nedlands Aldi site fenced-off after becoming target for vermin and vandalism

A sprawling derelict supermarket that has been waiting years for redevelopment has finally been fenced off after complaints vandalism, vermin and antisocial behaviour were plaguing the site.

The former Captain Stirling Shopping Centre on Stirling Highway in Nedlands was purchased by Aldi in 2015, with the German retailer’s plans to demolish existing buildings and a $10 million redevelopment approved by State planners in 2018.

But more than four years later, the supermarkets remain in a dilapidated state with rubbish strewn across the site, many windows smashed and graffiti everywhere.

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Residents have also reported squatters to City of Nedlands councillors.

The city issued a notice to Aldi on December 16 last year to secure the site.

Camera IconThe city issued a notice to Aldi on December 16 last year to secure the site. Credit: Jake Dietsch/PerthNow

It welcomed a fence erected around the supermarkets on the Christmas break as a “first step in curbing antisocial behaviour at the site”.

City CEO Bill Parker said the site development was at Aldi’s discretion.

“But we are looking forward to the creation of a vibrant, communal shopping precinct,” he said.

One neighbour told PerthNow since the supermarkets closed down, a string of houses in the area had been sold off.

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