Fight to save cot­tage


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

RES­I­DENTS are plead­ing with the Town of Vic­to­ria Park to re­tain a his­toric cot­tage in Lath­lain Park.

Some lo­cals put their views to the coun­cil at a brief­ing ses­sion on Au­gust 1 as it gets set to tick off con­cept plans for the Lath­lain Park Re­de­vel­op­ment Project.

Town of­fi­cers have rec­om­mended the build­ing be de­mol­ished and the cot­tage’s fate will be de­cided tonight.

The coun­cil es­ti­mates the cot­tage was built in 1920.

Lath­lain res­i­dent Luana Lisan­dro said the cot­tage was part of the his­tory of the area. It was in­cluded in the orig­i­nal sub­di­vi­sion of Lath­lain and was built as part of the Vic­to­ria Park Sta­tion Es­tate by James Thomas Peet.

“The cot­tage could be a com­mu­nity and of­fice space fa­cil­ity, es­pe­cially given the pop­u­la­tion of the Town is es­ti­mated to grow by 75,000 res­i­dents by 2050 and we will need fa­cil­i­ties like these,” Ms Lisan­dro said.

“The op­tions for re­tain­ing the cot­tage in­clude of­fice spa­ces and meet­ing rooms as out­lined in a re­port com­mis­sioned by the Town.

“I hope that the coun­cil in­vests in re­tain­ing the cot­tage and in con­tin­u­ing its his­tor­i­cal, so­cial and cul­tural links with the com­mu­nity as their de­ci­sion will be their legacy.”

Hodge Col­lard Pre­ston Ar­chi­tects was hired by the Town to pro­duce con­cept plans for pro­posed al­ter­ations to the site.

The re­port said the build­ing did not lend it­self to adap­tive re­use in its cur­rent form and needed sig­ni­fi­ca­tion ren­o­va­tion, with the cost of op­tions be­tween $360,000 and $415,000

Carlisle res­i­dent Ron­hhda Pot­ter was among those who asked ques­tions about the cot­tage.

“If it is de­mol­ished then it will be an­other loss for the com­mu­nity, af­ter we lost trees and ac­cess to the ovals, so the cot­tage is a sym­bol for us,” she said.

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