Heritage Perth voluntarily closes

City of Perth Council House.
City of Perth Council House.

HERITAGE Perth has been voluntarily cancelled following Tuesday night’s City of Perth council meeting.

Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the group’s transition plan, with $20,000 granted to facilitate the cancellation.

The Heritage Perth board, which includes deputy chair commissioner Gaye McMath and commissioner Andrew Hammond, resolved at a May meeting to seek voluntary cancellation “to allow services and initiatives to be delivered by the City”.

Heritage Perth issued a statement on Wednesday morning saying that after a decade as an independent, non-profit organisation, they were finding a new home within the City of Perth.

Board chairwoman Paula Rogers said the strategic transition would improve coordination and integration within existing City initiatives.

“With the development of the City’s first draft Heritage Strategy, the City of Perth has shown increased maturity, commitment and dedication in its approach to heritage conservation,” she said.

“It’s been an honour to be associated with Heritage Perth, and I am confident the City can continue delivering this important work now that heritage conservation and promotion is firmly embedded in its organisational strategies.”

Ms McMath said Heritage Perth had enabled heritage conservation and promotion to flourish, and said the City took this responsibility “very seriously”.

As part of the transition, a Cultural Advisory Committee with a Cultural Heritage Subcommittee has been established and Ms McMath said it would guide the City’s decisions with professional expertise and stakeholder advice.

“The transition will also provide an added benefit to taxpayers by lowering the overhead costs associated with an independent organisation,” she said.

“The City is delighted to welcome Heritage Perth to a new home, where its reputation, cultural value and programs will continue to thrive and grow.”