City of Wanneroo to nominate Carabooda kiln for State heritage register


The Susac lime kilns in Carabooda in 2012. Pictures: Bruce Hunt
City of Wanneroo to nominate Carabooda kiln for State heritage register
City of Wanneroo to nominate Carabooda kiln for State heritage register
The Susac lime kilns in Carabooda in 2012. Pictures: Bruce Hunt

THE City of Wanneroo plans to nominate a Carabooda lime kiln site for inclusion in the State Register of Heritage Places.

Last month, the council unanimously agreed to ask staff to nominate the Susac family-owned lime kilns as it adopted the Local Heritage Survey for consultation purposes.

“The Susac lime kiln is the only remaining working lime kiln in Wanneroo and has been identified as having very high cultural heritage significance,” a report to the council said.

Reasons included its historic value associated with the lime-burning industry practised at many locations within the City, and with the role Jack Susac and his family played in developing that industry.

The report linked the site’s social value with families who have lived and worked at the site since the mid-20th Century.

It also cited the research value of the site to potentially demonstrate techniques of lime building used since the 1930s.

“Administration considers the Susac Lime Kilns to be suitable for inclusion on the State Register of Heritage Places and recommends that the City commence the process for nomination,” it said.

“If the Heritage Council considers that the Susac Lime Kilns meet the heritage thresholds, they will then undertake a full assessment for inclusion on the State Register of Heritage Places.”

During public consultation for the heritage survey in April-May this year, the City also received a submission identifying a lime kiln on Wattle Avenue in Neerabup.

“Administration has investigated the lime kiln and concluded that it is the Geneff Tower Kiln,” the report said.

It said Robert K. Brittain’s report The lime kilns of Wanneroo: a study in the preservation and conservation of a series of historic structures, published by the Shire of Wanneroo in 1984, identified the kiln.

“This report did not include information regarding the location of the kiln, and as such it was not included in the 2006 Municipal Heritage Inventory,” it said.

“Given the current lack of detailed information about Geneff Tower Kiln, it is not proposed to be included in the Local Heritage Survey at this time.

“Instead it is recommended that administration further investigate this site, with a view to including the Geneff Tower Kiln in the Local Heritage Survey at a later date.”