The Hilton Action Group wrote to DoH this month, focusing on the home on the corner of Paget and Farrell streets and one on Chadwick Street, which the action group said had been authorised to be demolished despite a memorandum of understanding being signed between the department and the City of Fremantle in May 2011.
‘Since the signing we have allowed the department a grace period and have been acting in good faith that they would treat Hilton differently to its blanket policy of demolition for old timber-frame housing stock,’ the letter said.
‘The idea behind the MOU (memorandum of understanding) is to allow retention of the timber- frame houses and to on-sell them into the private sector.’
DoH commercial and business operations general manager Paul Whyte said that since the signing of the MOU, they had demolished only two old timber-framed homes, the most recent being the Farrell Street property last Monday.
‘One was approved for demolition prior to the MOU being signed and the other, on Farrell Street, had extensive damage and was beyond repair,’ he said.
‘There is no intent to demolish the dwelling on Chadwick Street and the property has been earmarked for subdivision, and the existing home will be sold.
‘Of the remaining older properties, 13 have been sold and nine are waiting on subdivision approval, after which the original timber-frame dwellings will be sold.’
Fremantle planning and development director Philip St John said the City constantly recommended refusal for the demolition and stressed the importance of those types of homes in Hilton.