Southern Telegraph - - News - Pierra Wil­lix

The City of Kwinana is call­ing for expressions of in­ter­ests from com­mu­nity groups to take over the man­age­ment of the his­toric Sloan’s Cot­tage and Her­itage House.

Since the early 1990s the Kwinana Her­itage Group, in­cor­po­rat­ing the Sloan’s Re­serve Restora­tion Group, has been the cus­to­dian of two of Kwinana’s sig­nif­i­cant her­itage sites, Sloan’s Her­itage Site in Leda and Smirk’s Her­itage Site in Me­d­ina.

How­ever, be­cause of fewer vol­un­teers, the group has con­tracted its ac­tiv­i­ties to Smirk’s Her­itage Site.

The City is now look­ing to en­ter into an ar­range­ment with an­other com­mu­nity

group to man­age Sloan’s.

Sloan’s Re­serve, on land bor­dered by Wel­lard Road and Sloan Drive, has a re­stored lime­stone cot­tage, Sloan’s Cot­tage, and a sec­ond build­ing, Sloan’s Her­itage House.

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the precinct

rep­re­sented an as­pect of Kwinana’s past of cul­tural her­itage sig­nif­i­cance.

“Sloan Her­itage Precinct is a place among a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant sites in the area which pro­vide a sense of his­tory and per­ma­nence,” she said.

“The Sloan fam­ily were early set­tlers in the district with con­nec­tions to other set­tlers, such as the Smirks of Smirk’s Cot­tage fame.”

The City is work­ing to de­velop cri­te­ria for uses that would be com­pat­i­ble with and re­spect­ful of the cul­tural her­itage sig­nif­i­cance of the build­ings, which could in­clude arts and crafts ac­tiv­i­ties, artist stu­dios, per­for­mance and events spa­ces, com­mu­nity meet­ings and recre­ational learn­ing cour­ses.

“Groups en­gaged in such ac­tiv­i­ties will be en­cour­aged, they will need to be in­cor­po­rated en­ti­ties and have ap­pro­pri­ate lev­els of in­sur­ance cov­er­age in place,” she said.

When the cri­te­ria have been de­vel­oped, the City will ad­ver­tise time frame and process.

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams and se­nior mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Amanda Lind­say at Sloan’s Cot­tage.

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