De­mo­li­tion dis­may

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

SOME res­i­dents are un­happy with the Town of Vic­to­ria Park’s plan to de­mol­ish and “rein­ter­pret” a cot­tage as part of the Lathlain Park re­de­vel­op­ment.

The coun­cil gave the tick to the man­age­ment plan for the park and the De­vel­op­ment Ap­pli­ca­tion (DA) for the West Coast Eagles’ ad­min­is­tra­tion, train­ing and com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity dur­ing a spe­cial meet­ing on De­cem­ber 6.

The man­age­ment plan will go to the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and the DA will go to the Metropoli­tan Cen­tral Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel.

Mem­bers used writ­ten sub­mis­sions and pub­lic ques­tion time dur­ing the meet­ing to voice their op­po­si­tion to the plan to de­stroy the house, which is known as the care­taker’s cot­tage.

Lathlain res­i­dent Luana Lisan­dro said she was dis­ap­pointed with the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to de­mol­ish the cot­tage.

“The cot­tage was built as part of the Vic­to­ria Park Sta­tion Es­tate by James Thomas Peet and it pre­dates the Lathlain Oval grand­stand,” she said.

“I be­lieve it was one of the first houses built in the area.

“I think it could be re­pur­posed as a com­mu­nity build­ing. When you con­sider the pop­u­la­tion of the area will grow by 70,000 in 2050, we will need more places for com­mu­nity groups.

“From my point of view, the com­mu­nity aren’t against the West Coast Eagles be­ing on the site.

“There is a level of dis­ap­point­ment and frus­tra­tion that the com­mu­nity haven’t been ac­com­mo­dated.

“It feels like el­e­ments of the area’s his­tory are slip­ping away piece by piece.”

Town of Vic­to­ria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the coun­cil would not re­con­sider d463386 de­mol­ish­ing the cot­tage.

“Even though Lathlain Park is listed in the Town’s Mu­nic­i­pal Her­itage In­ven­tory (MHI), such a list­ing re­lates to its sig­nif­i­cance as a place for play­ing Aus­tralian Rules foot­ball,” he said.

“There is no men­tion of the her­itage sig­nif­i­cance of the cot­tage on the MHI.

“Also, the site is not listed on the Her­itage Coun­cil of WA’s State Her­itage Reg­is­ter.”

Jim Mel­lor, Jeanette McPhee, Marag Croft, Luana Lisan­dro, Heather John­stone, Ron­hhda Pot­ter and Deb Boyce are un­happy over plans to de­mol­ish the old care­taker’s cot­tage.

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