THE State Government has thrown Duffy House a lifeline by offering up to $150,000 towards the Woodvale building’s restoration.
The historical building on WA Planning Commission land in Yellagonga Regional Park was recently proposed to be demolished but plans have been put on hold following community calls to retain the stone structure.
Kingsley MLA Jessica Stojkovski also called for the “adaptive re-use” of the building to ensure its survival following concerns of antisocial behaviour and vandalism in and around the house.
A proposal was recently sent to the City of Joondalup to allow the local government to take over management of Duffy House and an access way to Duffy Terrace, while potential commercial uses can be further investigated.
The State Government will also provide up to $150,000 for initial repairs, maintenance and conservation of Duffy House.
However, provision of the funding is dependent on the City accepting management of the building.
Mayor Albert Jacob said the City expected to finalise its decision on the proposal by June 30 following an assessment of restoration options and the costs associated.
“At this stage, the proposed funding contribution of $150,000 is unlikely to cover the essential costs associated with restoring the site,” he said.
“There are also a number of site issues that must be considered and resolved prior to the City making its determination.”
Planning Minister Rita Saffioti joined Mrs Stojkovski at Duffy House this afternoon to make the announcement as part of the State Government’s Kingsley and Balcatta Community Cabinet meeting.
“It’s clear there is community and council support to retain Duffy House so we have come up with a plan that will enable the City of Joondalup to proceed with the restoration,” Ms Saffioti said.
“This funding will allow the City to take control of the building and deliver an outcome in line with local expectations.”
Mrs Stojkovski said with so few historical sites left in the local area, Duffy House was an “important link to our rich heritage”.
“The adaptive re-use of Duffy House as a café or tearooms would be within keeping with community expectations while being sympathetic to the historic fabric and story of the house,” she said.