Victoria Park residents fight to save Lathlain Park cottage

Don't knock it down: The heritage cottage on Lathlain Park that residents are fighting to save
Don't knock it down: The heritage cottage on Lathlain Park that residents are fighting to save

COMMUNITY members are pleading with the Town of Victoria Park to retain a historic cottage on the corner of Lathlain Park.

A number of residents made their views clear at the council’s briefing session on August 1 as the council gets set to tick off on concept plans for zone 2 and 2X of the Lathlain Park Redevelopment Project.

The officer’s recommendation in the council’s report is to demolish the building. The fate of the cottage will be decided tonight.

The council has estimated that the cottage was built in 1920 and is not heritage listed.

Lathlain resident Luana Lisandro said the cottage related to the history of the area as it was part of the original subdivision of Lathlain and was built as part of the Victoria Park Station Estate by James Thomas Peet.

“The cottage could be a community and office space facility especially given the population of the Town is estimated to grow by an extra 75,000 residents by 2050 and we will need facilities like these,” she said.

“The options for retaining the cottage includes office spaces and meeting room as outlined in a report commissioned by the Town.

“I hope that the council invests in retaining the cottage and in continuing its historical, social and cultural links with the community as their decision will be their legacy,” she said.

Hodge Collard Preston Architects were hired by the Town of Victoria Park to produce concept plans for proposed alterations to the site, one of which included a rear investigation and the other meant removing internal walls where possible.

The report suggests that the building does not lend itself to adaptive reuse in its current form and needs signification renovation, with the cost of the first option being $415,000 and the second option costing $360,000.

Carlisle resident Ronhhda Potter was among the residents to ask questions about the cottage during the council’s meeting.

“If it is demolished then it will be another loss for the community, after we lost trees and access to the ovals, so the cottage is a symbol for us,” she said.

Zone 2 of the project is referred to as the community zone and is intended to include walking paths, stormwater management areas, barbecue areas, bush regeneration as well as car parking for the Perth Football Club.

Zone 2X is the old Lathlain Carlisle Bowling Club site and Tom Wright Park. That area is proposed to include a fenced dog area, a nature play area, a multi-use court, a tennis court and passive open space.