Residents join fight to save Duffy House in Woodvale

The Save Duffy House sign. Picture: Martin Kennealey.
The Save Duffy House sign. Picture: Martin Kennealey.

RESIDENTS have joined the fight to save Duffy House with a sign recently appearing on the Woodvale site.

In May, the State Government offered the City of Joondalup up to $150,000 towards the building’s restoration.

The historical building on WA Planning Commission land was proposed to be demolished but plans have been put on hold following calls to retain the stone structure.

The State Government’s proposal would allow the City to take over management of Duffy House while potential commercial uses could be investigated.

However, the Joondalup council in June voted to renegotiate the offer, stating costs to restore the building alone were estimated at $180,000 and other potential infrastructure could cost up to $275,000.

Kingsley MLA Jessica Stojkovski said if the City pursued more money under the Area Assistance Grants Scheme, it would require the City to match the funds dollar-for-dollar.

“I am working with the minister’s office to find a solution,” she said.

“I am very keen to see Duffy House saved and encourage the community to get in contact with me about their views on the future of Duffy House