Duffy House may be saved after WA Heritage Council assessment

Duffy House. Picture: Marie Nirme d478156
Duffy House. Picture: Marie Nirme d478156

THE WA Heritage Council has decided that a full assessment should be completed of Duffy House and presented for consideration.

In 2012, the council resolved Duffy House was unlikely to meet the threshold for the State Heritage Register and did not warrant a full assessment.

However, it met again on February 9 to look at the City of Joondalup’s recent request to urgently consider including it to ensure it was protected from demolition and from falling into further disrepair.

As the owner of the site at 108 Duffy Terrace in Woodvale, the WA Planning Commission has proposed to demolish the building.

However, the City does not support this.

A Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage spokeswoman said it was undertaking the heritage assessment of Duffy House “as a priority”.

She said there were two key parts to the assessment: the documentary evidence and the physical evidence.

“The documentary evidence is a concise history of the place, which particularly focuses on its importance within the history and development of WA,” she said.

“The physical evidence is a description of all the built elements on site.

“The cultural heritage values of the place are then analysed and from these, a statement of significance is developed. The draft assessment will be considered as soon as possible by the Heritage Council’s Register Committee, which meets monthly.”

Kingsley MLA Jessica Stojkovski said the goal was to adapt Duffy House “for re-use”.

“I think this would be the best outcome for our community,” she said.

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