Golden Ea­gle to get new look

South Western Times - - News - Stu­art McGuckin

A push to re­mem­ber the his­tory of Col­lie has led the town’s coun­cil to vote in favour of re­con­struct­ing the Golden Ea­gle restau­rant’s bal­cony and ve­randa in the style of the orig­i­nal struc­ture.

Up to $10,000 will be al­lo­cated to the Throssell Street project from the Col­lie Shire Coun­cil’s her­itage in­cen­tive scheme.

Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive David Blur­ton said it was the type of project the long-stand­ing scheme was in­tended to help with.

“It’s to try and en­cour­age shop and prop­erty own­ers to think about the her­itage of their build­ing when they go to fix or build on them,” he said.

Mr Blur­ton said a sim­i­lar project un­der­taken on the neigh­bour­ing Pak-it Com­put­ers turned out well.

“We put up an old bull-nose style ve­randa there,” he said.

“Given Throssell Street is a main av­enue through town it is im­por­tant for us to have that look­ing as good as pos­si­ble. Coun­cil recog­nises that a his­toric streetscap­e can add a lot of value to the amenity of the area.”

The ve­randa was re­moved in 2015 af­ter be­ing dam­aged by a ve­hi­cle.

Mr Blur­ton said the coun­cil and the own­ers recog­nised that some­thing needed to be done to re­store the build­ing to its pre­vi­ous glory.

“We’ve worked with the own­ers to come up with some­thing that will look re­ally good,” he said.

“Co­or­di­nat­ing the whole process can be dif­fi­cult and one thing we found with the Pack-it build­ing was that it can be hard to find builders with ap­pro­pri­ate ex­per­tise to re­store her­itage build­ings.

“Some of those skills have been lost, but we be­lieve it is an im­por­tant project to un­der­take. If you go to a place like Kal­go­or­lie and look at the streetscap­es up there it’s like step­ping back in time a lit­tle bit.

“We want to make sure our her­itage is re­mem­bered as well as en­sur­ing there is a nice fa­cade wel­com­ing peo­ple to town, be­cause at the mo­ment it doesn’t look great.”

Young Perth woman Belinda Teh is walking from Mel­bourne to Perth to pro­mote the need for Vol­un­tary As­sisted Dy­ing.

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