East Fremantle’s Dovenby House to become a community history hub

Town of East Fremantle CEO Gary Tuffin and Mayor Jim O'Neill.
Town of East Fremantle CEO Gary Tuffin and Mayor Jim O'Neill.

EAST Fremantle’s Dovenby House is one step closer to becoming a new community history hub.

East Fremantle councillors passed the policy to enter into a 12-month license agreement with the Museum of Perth for the use of Dovenby House last week .

The Museum will provide services including documenting historic homes in East Fremantle, acting as a local history centre, planning and creating heritage-related digital media.

It will also look at planning and drafting a refreshed interpretation plan focusing on George Street or other high traffic precincts.

The council also authorised the chief executive to dispose of the property known as ‘Old Police Station’ at 133 Canning Highway.

East Fremantle Mayor Jim O’Neill said Dovenby House and the Old Police Station had been utilised as buildings in the past.

“The buildings were utilised by the Town for office space during the 12-month refurbishment of the East Fremantle Town Hall,” he said.

“Prior to this, Dovenby House was used to accommodate the Town’s HACC services, who have now relocated to another Council building.

“The main aim was to ensure that the buildings are utilised and not left vacant, as it is well known that the best way to keep a building in a good state of repairs is for it to be used.”

Mr O’Neill said he was very keen for the types of projects that the Museum of Perth would take up.

“Museum of Perth was considered an appropriate tenant and their proposed services will be a great addition to the Town of East Fremantle,” he said.

Both buildings will provide services to the Town and residents that may not have been previously available.