City of Perth debates heritage policies, places popular pub on Heritage List

City of Perth debates heritage policies, places popular pub on Heritage List

HERITAGE policies were a subject of debate at Tuesday night’s Perth Council meeting, with Cr Reece Harley expressing concern about bunching recommendations in a single item.

“I am not exactly happy with their two having been put together,” he said. “I think we should deal with sites separately.”

Cr Harley agreed with half of the item – the heritage listing of the Motor House (68 Milligan Street, Perth) – but disagreed with the other half – the decision not to list Kastellorizo (formerly Wiluna Flats, 1298 Hay Street, West Perth).

“In the case of Kastellorizo, much of the original building is left… It is very hard to find a building that is exactly as it was when it was built. It has been maintained very well for a long time… Many formerly residential buildings in West Perth are now offices, it doesn’t mean we can demolish them all.

“We will vote yes because I want to list Motor House… I would like to do these separately because I would like to see Kastrollorizo (listed as well)”.

Cr Judy McEvoy noted that while Kastellorizo “looked good from the front” it is “completely different at the back”, and that the owner is not at all interested in having it heritage listed.

In a separate item, Council voted to place Rosie O’Grady’s pub in Northbridge on the City’s Heritage List.

Cr Harley pointed out that the pub’s building had changed significantly over the decades but it was a worthy entry – highlighting the need for a less restrictive approach to analysing the heritage values of other sites.

Rosie O’Grady’s has operated as a pub since 1885.