Heritage fund a lifeline for iconic Warders Cottages

Premier Colin Barnett and Heritage Minister Albert Jacobs announce funding for the Warders Cottages in Fremantle.
Premier Colin Barnett and Heritage Minister Albert Jacobs announce funding for the Warders Cottages in Fremantle.

Premier Colin Barnett and Heritage Minister Albert Jacobs made the announcement in Fremantle, saying the Government would establish a $4 million Heritage Revolving Fund and that the cottages would be the first beneficiary.

The 18 Warders Cottages have been abandoned since 2011, when the Department of Housing removed tenants due to their worsening condition.

Mr Barnett said the new fund would be used to renovate publicly owned heritage buildings.

‘The fund will allow disused state and local government-owned heritage properties to be prepared for sale or lease in a way that optimises the heritage, financial and community benefits,’ he said.

City of Fremantle deputy mayor Josh Wilson said the City welcomed the announcement that would see the cottages benefit from conservation and maintenance work.

‘The city has been a relentless and constructive advocate for these precious but neglected buildings and we are pleased the government has taken this important step,’ he said.

But not everyone is happy with the announcement. Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk said the funding would not go far enough.

‘These heritage treasures have been crumbling before our eyes for nearly three years,’ she said.

‘The Warders Cottages are an icon in Fremantle and questions still remain over their future.’