Quarry heritage plans on hold
THE Town of Cambridge will seek assurances from the Heritage Council of WA that listing the Quarry Amphitheatre on the State Register would not impede future developments.
Councillors agreed at the June 20 meeting to hold off supporting the move to heritage list the venue “at this point in time” until the Town was satisfied it would not interfere with increasing the seating capacity in years to come.
In May, the Heritage Council advised the Town that the 556-seat open-air venue, which has operated as an amphitheatre for 30 years, had cultural heritage significance after an assessment in January.
Councillor Corinne Macrae said it was not a question of if the venue would be listed, but when. She amended the motion to seek clarification from the Heritage Council about development restrictions.
Cr Sonia Grinceri said she hoped to keep the option open to include more seats at the venue in the future.
“The longer we push back on a government agency on our decision making on improving the venue, the better,” she said. “This is our opportunity to determine our own fate on the development and progress of the amphitheatre.”
Mayor Keri Shannon was also endorsed as council representative on the Heritage Council’s Register Committee to oversee the State Register proposal.