New life for old ho­tel

Cockburn Gazette - - STREET WATCH -

WORK to re­store the for­mer Coogee Ho­tel and Post Of­fice has be­gun.

The ho­tel and post of­fice are the only re­main­ing rem­nants of what was a thriv­ing so­cial and re­tail precinct from the 1900s to the 1920s.

Once re­fur­bish­ment of the her­itage-listed build­ings is com­plete, the prop­erty is ex­pected to be sold.

Her­itage Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob said the re­pairs were be­ing funded un­der the Her­itage Works pro­gram, which re­stores her­itage build­ings so they can be utilised again.

“The works will re­store orig­i­nal form and de­tail to the build­ings, some of which have been lost or ob­scured over the years,” Mr Ja­cob said.

“The works un­der­taken will re­vi­talise the sig­nif­i­cant her­itage el­e­ments of both build­ings, en­sur­ing they are well con­served into the fu­ture.

“The fu­ture for dis­used her­itage places lies in find­ing con­tem­po­rary uses for them.”

The prop­erty has been empty since ten­ants left in Oc­to­ber.

The for­mer Coogee Ho­tel and post of­fice are be­ing re­stored be­fore be­ing sold.

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