Conservation works set for WA Rowing Club thanks to Heritage Council funding


The WA Rowing Club is getting more than $80,000 for conservation of the roof, walls and flooring, ensuring the building remains safe and functional. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d478231
The WA Rowing Club is getting more than $80,000 for conservation of the roof, walls and flooring, ensuring the building remains safe and functional. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d478231

THE iconic WA Rowing Club building on the Swan River will get a makeover for the club’s 150th anniversary.

The club was announced as one of 23 heritage places in WA that will take a share in a Heritage Council of WA grants program for much needed conservation works.

Club caption Nick Wakeford said its $88,369 share would go towards works on the roof, walls and flooring, which would be completed before the club’s anniversary in July.

“We are planning a big gala for the club’s 150th, but because of the size of it, it will be held off-site, but the works are scheduled to be finished by May,” he said.

“The works are scheduled to be staged and are planned so that it has minimal impact on the club and the 180 members; we are trying to limit interruption.”

Mr Wakeford said exposure to the elements caused timber rot, which needed to be fixed and guttering needed replacing due to corrosion which caused water to leak inside the building.

He said it would also get a fresh coat of paint.

William Street’s 1924-built Rechabite Hall will receive $100,000 to assist with the restoration of the deteriorated facade, cutting out spalling concrete and treating or replacing defective steel reinforcing before reinstating the original finish.

The windows will also be conserved as part of this project to reactivate the building.

The Bulk Handling Building in West Perth has also secured $100,000.

Heritage Minister David Templeman said this year’s round of grants amounted to $1.22 million and when combined with owner contributions, would generate more than $3 million in conservation works around the state.

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