THE Two Rocks Yanchep Culture and Arts Network (TRYCAN) has welcomed news that work to redevelop the Mary Lindsay Homestead will start this year.
The City of Wanneroo released a statement on Friday that construction and refurbishment works would soon start after the close of public open space tenders on February 16.
It said work on the park should start in May and finish in June.
The City plans to advertise building tenders on Saturday, February 25.
TRYCAN chairwoman Pam Annesley said the group was really excited and could not wait to move into the facility, having waited for the arts hub for several years.
“TRYCAN has worked with the City of Wanneroo to plan for the refurbishment of the Mary Lindsay Homestead to ensure that the homestead will be used for the community with a culture and arts basis,” she said.
“We are excited that the plans will now be put into place and we envisage using the facility as a gallery, exhibitions, artist residencies and an historical hub for school children to learn about the history of the area.”
Ms Annesley said TRYCAN hoped to set up a display of historical artefacts in the building.
According to the City’s statement, the public open space was designed to ensure equal access for the community and would include play equipment and barbecue facilities.
It expects to finish the building refurbishment towards the end of the year.
Designed to promote the site with a community arts and culture hub, it will have two studios, a gallery and room for an artist-in-residence.
The City received a $750,000 grant from Lotterywest to help fund the $3.6 million project.
The homestead stands on land bought by Mary Lindsay in 1926. Her family lived in a tent while the Bunning Brothers built the timber-framed homestead.