Re­lo­ca­tion of tower un­likely

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

CLARE­MONT coun­cil would con­sider re­lo­cat­ing iconic North­bridge Loreto tower back to the Town but say it is un­likely.

Mayor Jock Barker said it would cost up to $500,000 to move the 1937-built tower back to Clare­mont.

The tower was built as part of Loreto con­vent school in Clare­mont but when the school amal­ga­mated and be­came John XIII Col­lege, it was dis­man­tled and re­assem­bled in North­bridge on the cor­ner of Fran­cis and Wil­liam streets in 1991.

Mr Barker said the his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance of the tower was re­duced when it was moved, ac­cord­ing to heritage groups.

“We would have to in­ves­ti­gate the cost, cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance and com­mu­nity value of the tower be­fore­hand,” he said.

“At that cost I would be sur­prised if it was rec­om­mended by the art deco so­ci­ety and heritage groups.”

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