Her­itage area left in limbo

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Louise Alling­ham

“There are sig­nif­i­cant costs in get­ting some of the build­ings up to scratch and we can un­der­stand the City’s de­ci­sion to fo­cus their ef­forts on Cos­sack and Jar­man Is­land,” she said.

“We hope in the fu­ture some other plans can be de­vel­oped by some­one to pre­serve and utilise some of these her­itage build­ings be­fore it’s too late.”

Roe­bourne Vis­i­tor Cen­tre holds an in­for­mal lease with the State Gov­ern­ment over the Old Gaol.

The City leases the build­ings in the Cos­sack Her­itage Precinct from the State.

The lease’s ex­piry in July next year has prompted the City to re­view the own­er­ship and man­age­ment of the precinct.

City of Kar­ratha Deputy Mayor John Lally said it was im­por­tant to en­sure Cos­sack’s her­itage build­ings were pro­tected and main­tained well into the fu­ture.

The City is dis­cussing the ten­ure of the precinct with the DoL, Depart­ment of Plan­ning and State Her­itage Of­fice. Roe­bourne’s her­itage build­ings have been left in ad­min­is­tra­tive limbo as the City of Kar­ratha ne­go­ti­ates a trans­fer of the Cos­sack Her­itage Precinct’s ten­ure with the State Gov­ern­ment.

The Depart­ment of Lands has re­quested the City take over man­age­ment of the Roe­bourne Her­itage Precinct as it has no gov­ern­ing body re­spon­si­ble for its up­keep.

“As the lo­cal au­thor­ity, the City is bet­ter suited to man­age the lo­cal her­itage precinct than the depart­ment,” a DoL spokesman said.

“Should the City not wish to ac­cept man­age­ment of the precinct at this time, then the depart­ment will have to ex­plore other op­tions for the site.”

Roe­bourne Vis­i­tor Cen­tre vicechair­woman Eileen Wright said she un­der­stood the City’s de­ci­sion to leave Roe­bourne out of her­itage ne­go­ti­a­tions but was dis­ap­pointed to see the build­ings be­come di­lap­i­dated.

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