West Perth: Derelict heritage-listed building on the chopping block at next City of Perth council meeting

60 Thomas Street.
60 Thomas Street.

A DERELICT West Perth heritage-listed building is on the chopping block at Tuesday’s City of Perth council meeting to provide for the future widening of Thomas Street.

City officers have recommended approval for an application to demolish 60 Thomas Street, which is owned by the WA Planning Commission, after the building has sat vacant for about 10 years.

“While there is no timeframe for future road widening works, the demolition is proposed in order to address ongoing issues related to ongoing access, vandalism and squatting which has occurred on the site,” officers wrote.

The building was constructed in 1920 and was originally used as a home before being adapted for commercial premises.

The front third of the lot is also split by a Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) ‘Other Regional Roads’ reservation, with officers viewing demolition as “an inevitable consequence” given the building’s position.

February 26’s ordinary council meeting agenda also includes recommendations to approve $45,000 sponsorship for the WA Day Festival – $55,000 less than requested by Celebrate WA – along with grants for improving the east end of the city and a memorandum of understanding between inner city councils.

The commissioners are also set to receive the minutes from the January Annual General Meeting of Electors, with recommendations including not supporting an annual payment to the West Australian Ratepayers and Residents Association and noting an officer report will reach council by mid year on safety around the Blue Boatshed in Crawley.