Tea rooms set for makeover
THE Matilda Bay Tea Rooms are set for an extension and renovation after Subiaco Council voted to tell the Swan River Trust at a meeting last month that they approve of redevelopment plans.
Proposed changes to the iconic Crawley tearooms and kiosk included constructing an external canopy, extending the existing building and performing internal alterations.
Councillor Leanne Potter said the application was “obviously a lot better” than the rejected 2011 application to demolish the adjoining kiosk and construct a new restaurant.
“They want to upgrade it and make it better, not diminish it as a tearoom,” Cr Potter said.
“Height is good and the visual amenity will not distract from anything.”
But Cr Lynley Hewett said the redevelopment would diminish the iconic kiosk facility.
“We would all like to see this upgraded because, quite frankly, it has become run down,” Cr Hewett said.
“Unfortunately, this is a change of use and nothing else – once those blinds go down it is no longer a kiosk.”
Cr Mark Burns said the council could not make prescription about what something would later become.
“We are simply advising an advisory body,” he said.
Cr Murray Rowe said the extension and renovation would greatly improve the condition of the building and area’s amenity.