Tea rooms set for makeover

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

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