Heritage Perth facing cancellation

Heritage Perth facing cancellation

HERITAGE Perth is facing the axe at tonight’s City of Perth council meeting.

The group celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, with its Heritage Perth weekend opening up historic buildings across the city for people to explore.

Commissioners will decide tonight whether to approve a transition plan for the group, with $20,000 proposed to facilitate its voluntary cancellation.

The Heritage Perth board resolved at a May meeting to seek voluntary cancellation ‘to allow services and initiatives to be delivered by the City’.

The board and City officers noted their partnership was “unsustainable” due to the City’s financial constraints, a “duplication of services” across Heritage Perth and City business units, increased capacity within the City for heritage promotion, and “limited evidence of Heritage Perth’s ability to raise funds”.

Perth commissioners Gaye McMath and Andrew Hammond both sit on the board.

Commissioners will also decide at tonight’s meeting whether to approve an application for a dog day-care centre in West Perth – the State Administrative Tribunal has invited council to reconsider its April refusal – and the future of the Roe Street Rooftop Movies, with approval recommended for a licence renewal until April 2020.