Fight to save cottage
COUNCIL VOTE ON DEMOLITION TONIGHT
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.