City of Perth: councillors question cap on heritage restoration funding

City of Perth: councillors question cap on heritage restoration funding

PERTH Council’s cap on heritage restoration funding was under fire at Tuesday’s council meeting, with a motion to review the $40,000 limit narrowly defeated.

Deputy Lord Mayor James Limnios questioned the logic of treating “a single cottage in an obscure part of the City” in the same way as the former Western Australian Club building on St George’s Terrace.

“The owner has written advising us that to restore the building to its original condition will cost $250,000, and they are prepared to bear the brunt of that; asking us for $90,000,” he said.

“We should consider taking this back to the committee and amending the policy to allow for exceptions in special cases.”

Perth chief executive Martin Mileham advised that City policy set out “guidelines” but council could choose to ignore it in particular cases, adding “I would counsel against making ad hoc decisions on a single issue”.

Councillor Jim Adamos said the Western Australia Club building owners were primarily focussed on renovating the building to allow disability access.

“Should the City of Perth be contributing to every building owner who needs to bring their building up to code?” he asked.

“Previously this building received $30,000 in heritage funding in 2007 and $40,000 in 2009.”

Cr Lily Chen moved to refer the item back to the committee, seconded by Cr Reece Harley.

The move was supported by Crs Limnios and Green but the vote was defeated, with the Lord Mayor and Crs McEvoy, Davidson, Adamos and Yong voting no.