Govt help for Duffy House
THE State Government has thrown Duffy House a lifeline by offering up to $150,000 towards the Woodvale building’s restoration.
The historical building on WA Planning Commission land in Yellagonga Regional Park was recently proposed to be demolished but plans have been put on hold following community calls to retain the stone structure.
Kingsley MLA Jessica Stojkovski also called for the “adaptive reuse” of the building to ensure its survival after concerns of anti-social behaviour and vandalism in and around the house.
A proposal was recently sent to the City of Joondalup to allow the council to take over management of Duffy House and an access way to Duffy Terrace, while potential commercial uses can be further investigated.
The State Government will also provide up to $150,000 for initial repairs, maintenance and conservation of Duffy House.
However, provision of the funding is dependent on the City accepting management of the building.
Mayor Albert Jacob said the City expected to finalise its decision on the proposal by June 30 after an assessment of restoration options and associated costs.
“At this stage, the proposed funding contribution of $150,000 is unlikely to cover the essential costs associated with restoring the site,” he said.
“There are also a number of site issues that must be considered and resolved prior to the City making its determination.”
Planning Minister Rita Saffioti joined Mrs Stojkovski at Duffy House on Monday to make the announcement as part of the Government’s Kingsley and Balcatta Community Cabinet meeting.
Mrs Stojkovski said with so few historical sites left in the local area, Duffy House was an “important link to our rich heritage”.
“The adaptive reuse of Duffy House as a cafe or tearooms would be in keeping with community expectations while being sympathetic to the historic fabric and story of the house,” she said.
The historic Duffy House in Yellagonga Regional Park.