Plan for wall, ruins for heritage list

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett with Lucy Radich holding a photograph of her parents Jakubina and Jakov Vidovich. Picture: Martin Kennealey d423180
Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett with Lucy Radich holding a photograph of her parents Jakubina and Jakov Vidovich. Picture: Martin Kennealey d423180

The ruins, on West Churchill Avenue, are significant because of their link to the City’s market garden history.

The site had been owned by Jakov Vidovich and his wife Jakubina. The pair arrived in Australia from Croatia in 1939.

After purchasing the site in 1946, Jakov began growing potatoes, onions, carrots and beans. The gardens were operational until his death in 1997.

After being alerted to the ruins earlier this year, the City engaged a heritage consultant to assess the site.

It was found the structures have archaeological potential and scientific value.

It recommended the site be included in the City’s LGI as a Management Category B place and added to its Heritage List.

Jakov and Jakubina’s daughter Lucy said she was glad to see progress made to retain the remnants of her former home.

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said a proposal to keep the limestone wall and ruins would be put up for public comment from July 29. People have 21 days to make a comment.