Kicking off the repairs was work to the stonemasonry on the front boundary walls, including the removal of non-permeable paint on the stonework, raking out inappropriate cement-based repairs to mortar joints and replacing the cement with a lime-based stone mix.
Improvements to the drainage and stormwater collection will follow. Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said the repairs were part of a $2 million investment into the heritage-listed cottages.
‘These are priority conservation works identified in the conservation plan and will protect their structural integrity, reversing a long period of gradual decline,’ he said.
‘These initial works are critical to the future of the cottages, regardless of their future use.
‘The future of the Fremantle Warders’ Cottages now presents an exciting opportunity for the City of Fremantle.’
Works will continue throughout the year with the aim to sell or lease the cottages in 2016.