The Old Swan Brewery development was an "opportunity missed" and severely damaged Indigenous relations in WA. The 'What We Thought Would Kill Us' project undertaken by the Committee for Perth examines some of Perth's most controversial developments, including the Bell Tower and Hillarys Boat Harbor. The latest edition in the series examined the Old Swan Brewery, and described the development of the site as a "low point" in relations with the Whadjuk Noongar community. Committee for Perth chief executive officer Marion Fulker told Radio 6PR the project did not recognise or seek to protect the significance of the Goonininup site, and the Brewery "fell short" in establishing itself as a heritage, commercial or economic powerhouse. "It was one of those opportunities partly missed, and I think that was because of the controversy," she told Gareth Parker's Mornings program. "When something goes on for 16 years like this project did, compromise after compromise is made and while, yes we can now walk across the riverfront... I think in terms of Aboriginal connection to the place, it was entirely missed." According to the report, the conflict between Indigenous and European heritage was the "primary source of controversy" associated with the redevelopment, and resulted in protesters camping on the site for more than three years until police intervened. Ms Fulker said anyone who lived in Perth between 1989 and 1992 would remember the protests on Mounts Bay Road. "People used to honk their horns on the way past in the morning at the Aboriginal elders on the way to the site," she said. "The unions actually helped Aboriginal people with their cause. They even went out on strike because they thought the Noongar people's concerns weren't being taken into account. " The report found that while some aspects of the brewery redevelopment had been successful, the project had been a major "step backwards" in relations between non-Indigenous and Indigenous Australians. "With the benefit of hindsight, it is evident that the development process could have been more participatory and conciliatory, and the final outcomes more respectful to Indigenous heritage and culture, particularly given that the site was State Government owned," the report said. "In this regard, the redevelopment of the Old Swan Brewery could be regarded as an opportunity partly missed." The report recommended the State Government make steps towards acknowledging and repairing the relations damaged by the Old Swan Brewery's redevelopment.