Woodvale: Duffy House closer to restoration after permit transferred

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob and Premier Mark McGowan at Duffy House. Picture: Martin Kennealey d490481
Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob and Premier Mark McGowan at Duffy House. Picture: Martin Kennealey d490481

THE historic Duffy House in Woodvale is a step closer to being restored for future use.

Premier Mark McGowan was on site this afternoon to transfer management of the house from the WA Planning Commission (WAPC) to the City of Joondalup, which will enable the City to occupy the Duffy House site and undertake works to restore the building.

This permit follows the State Government’s revised offer of $300,000 to help the City fund the restoration works.

The deteriorated property, which had become the target of antisocial behaviour and vandalism, was owned by the WAPC and slated for demolition in 2017.

However, the City, Kingsley MLA Jessica Stojkovski and the Woodvale community did not support this.

The State Government first offered the City $150,000 but this was renegotiated to $300,000, which will be used towards initial repairs, maintenance and conservation.

“I’m pleased local member Jessica Stojkovski and the local community advocated for a positive outcome for the future of Duffy House,” Mr McGowan said.

“The historical house has received a lot of community and council support, so I expect the restoration will give it a new lease of life for the whole community to enjoy.”

Mrs Stojkovski said with few historical sites, it was vital for the community to keep Duffy House and the heritage link to the Joondalup and Wanneroo suburbs.

“The people power behind this campaign has been extraordinary and this is truly a win for our local community,” she said.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the City was pleased to work in partnership with the State Government to s”ecure the future and legacy of Duffy House”.

“The funding and permit received from the State Government will enable the City to commence work on restoring Duffy House before a decision is made regarding the potential future uses and activation of the site,” he said.

Previously belonging to Jack Duffy, of the pioneering Duffy family of the Wanneroo and Joondalup areas, the house is located within Yellagonga Regional Park on WAPC land.