Quarry her­itage plans on hold

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - Ju­lian Wright

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.

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