Park cot­tage to be de­mol­ished

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

THE Town of Victoria Park will de­mol­ish a cot­tage on the cor­ner of Lathlain Park as part of the re­de­vel­op­ment of the area.

The council ap­proved con­cept plans for zone 2 and 2X of the Lathlain Park Re­de­vel­op­ment Project dur­ing a meeting on Au­gust 8, which will see the Care­taker’s Cot­tage re­moved.

The cot­tage is es­ti­mated to have been built in the 1920s and al­though it is not her­itage-listed, many com­mu­nity mem­bers have called for it to re­main.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers had asked when the cot­tage will be de­stroyed but no time­line had been set.

Lathlain res­i­dent Luana Lisan­dro said she was dis­ap­pointed that the council chose not to de­lay the de­ci­sion to de­mol­ish the cot­tage.

“I don’t think the council fully looked at other uses of the cot­tage or how costs could have been partly borne out by an­other party,” she said,

“I don’t think the ar­gu­ments pre­sented by council that there are other fa­cil­i­ties in the area that can be used by com­mu­nity groups was ac­cu­rate as council had not fully in­ves­ti­gated pop­u­la­tion pres­sures as well as other op­tions for the re­ten­tion of the cot­tage.

“I’m still hop­ing that there is time and the de­ci­sion can be re­scinded as oth­ers have for Lathlain Park.”

Town Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the con­cept plan showed the area near the cot­tage would in­clude a hard­stand park­ing area and an ad­di­tional over­flow turfed park­ing area that was to be used on game days for the Perth De­mons VIP Park­ing.

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