Govt help for Duffy House

Joondalup Weekender - - News - Tyler Brown

THE State Govern­ment has thrown Duffy House a life­line by of­fer­ing up to $150,000 to­wards the Wood­vale building’s restora­tion.

The his­tor­i­cal building on WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion land in Yel­lagonga Re­gional Park was re­cently pro­posed to be de­mol­ished but plans have been put on hold fol­low­ing community calls to re­tain the stone struc­ture.

Kings­ley MLA Jes­sica Sto­jkovski also called for the “adap­tive re­use” of the building to en­sure its sur­vival af­ter con­cerns of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and van­dal­ism in and around the house.

A pro­posal was re­cently sent to the City of Joon­dalup to al­low the coun­cil to take over man­age­ment of Duffy House and an ac­cess way to Duffy Ter­race, while po­ten­tial com­mer­cial uses can be fur­ther in­ves­ti­gated.

The State Govern­ment will also pro­vide up to $150,000 for ini­tial re­pairs, main­te­nance and con­ser­va­tion of Duffy House.

How­ever, pro­vi­sion of the funding is de­pen­dent on the City­mu­ni­ d478156 ac­cept­ing man­age­ment of the building.

Mayor Al­bert Ja­cob said the City ex­pected to fi­nalise its de­ci­sion on the pro­posal by June 30 af­ter an as­sess­ment of restora­tion op­tions and as­so­ci­ated costs.

“At this stage, the pro­posed funding con­tri­bu­tion of $150,000 is un­likely to cover the es­sen­tial costs as­so­ci­ated with restor­ing the site,” he said.

“There are also a num­ber of site is­sues that must be con­sid­ered and re­solved prior to the City mak­ing its de­ter­mi­na­tion.”

Plan­ning Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti joined Mrs Sto­jkovski at Duffy House on Mon­day to make the an­nounce­ment as part of the Govern­ment’s Kings­ley and Bal­catta Community Cab­i­net meet­ing.

Mrs Sto­jkovski said with so few his­tor­i­cal sites left in the lo­cal area, Duffy House was an “im­por­tant link to our rich her­itage”.

“The adap­tive re­use of Duffy House as a cafe or tea­rooms would be in keep­ing with community ex­pec­ta­tions while be­ing sym­pa­thetic to the his­toric fab­ric and story of the house,” she said.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

The his­toric Duffy House in Yel­lagonga Re­gional Park.

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