Darling Range Hotel unlikely to gain heritage status

Darling Range Hotel unlikely to gain heritage status

THE Darling Range Hotel is unlikely to meet the threshold for entry into the State Register of Heritage Places and does not warrant full assessment, according to the Heritage Council, a blow to a group fighting to save the hotel.

State Heritage Office executive director Graeme Gammie said while the hotel may have local significance, only places of state significance were included in the State Register of Heritage Places.

“The Heritage Council’s Register Committee met on April 28, 2017, to consider additional information in support of a nomination for the Darling Range Tavern to be assessed for possible inclusion in the State Register,” he said.

“The committee had previously determined, in November 2016, that the place did not warrant assessment.

“The Register Committee resolved to refer the matter to the full Heritage Council because of the level of community interest in the nomination.

“The Heritage Council reviewed the additional information provided by the community, particularly in relation to the tavern being frequented by servicemen.

“It concluded that although the hotel may have been a popular venue for soldiers, this was not unique to the Darling Range Tavern and other places already in the State Register have stronger links to the history of the Anzacs in WA.

“Furthermore, Federation era hotels constructed between 1890 and 1915 are well represented in the State Register, with 37 metropolitan and 51 regional hotels State Heritage listed.

“In light of this information, the Heritage Council resolved that the Darling Range Tavern is unlikely to cross the threshold for entry in the State Register of Heritage Places and therefore does not warrant full assessment.”

Bellevue Residents and Ratepayers Association secretary Dianne Arvino said the decision was disappointing.

“But it does not alter our campaign to save this important landmark building in Bellevue or the importance of what events happened on this site, which we still believe is of state significance,” she said.

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