Woodvale: City of Joondalup still advocates for Duffy House restoration

Duffy House in Yellagonga Regional Park.
Duffy House in Yellagonga Regional Park.

THE City of Joondalup wants to renegotiate an offer from the State Government to help restore Duffy House.

The council on Tuesday night considered the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage’s offer of $150,000 to the restore the Woodvale icon, providing the City accepted the ongoing management of the property.

The historical building in Yellagonga Regional Park was recently slated for demolition. The City did not support this and instead asked that it be included on the State Register of Heritage Places. Its request was turned down.

The department then made its offer, stating if the City did not accept it by June 30, it intended to prioritise demolition.

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According to a council document, costs to restore the building alone were estimated at $180,000.

Potential infrastructure such as an access road, carparks and freestanding universal access toilet, could cost up to $275,000.

The report also mentioned the discovery of asbestos fragments at the property.

“Removing the asbestos and potentially remediating the site will be an additional cost… that would need to be covered within the proposed $150,000 grant funding amount,” the report said.

Councillors unanimously voted to advocate for the protection of Duffy House but noted the City had no budgeted funds for the restoration or future management.

They also noted should the council commit to accepting a future management arrangement, any potential works could not start until a Land Management Order was issued to the City because the property is currently owned and managed by the WAPC.

They asked the chief executive to liaise with the department to ensure the site was remediated from any potential asbestos contamination before the City considered any future land management arrangements and any potential funding contributions offered be renegotiated to better reflect the costs for restoring, protecting and activating the site.

Cr John Chester said he thought the State Government’s offer of $150,000 was “underwhelming” and a “poor effort”.