Mt Lawley Society finds home in Yokine

Beaufort Street in Mt Lawley.
Beaufort Street in Mt Lawley.

THE Mt Lawley Society has a home.

Stirling council have endorsed a lease to the non-profit organisation at Yokine Community Recreation Centre.

The society will lease the mezzanine area of the centre for 12 months from March 1 at a cost of $300 per year, with ability to renew for another year.

It has been seeking a permanent home for more than two years; the City was unable to find it a location in February 2017 but kept its request on record in case of vacancies, which finally happened late last year.

The society was founded in 1977 to promote local history education, heritage protection and community spirit within the heritage suburbs of Mt Lawley, Inglewood and Menora.

It also helps residents by providing information to preserve the amenity of their property, streetscapes, character and heritage features.

Councillors voted unanimously to approve the lease at Tuesday’s meeting but Cr Elizabeth Re believed the group should be housed in an appropriate building within Mt Lawley, Inglewood or Menora with space to keep its collection of historical items.

She wanted the City to continue searching for a venue she said would offer more permanency.

But Cr Joe Ferrante said the lease would get the society out of the “dungeon” they currently occupied and believed they could work to find them a home within the heritage protection area in the future.

Infrastructure director Michael Littleton said it would provide “ample space to start showing off their significant heritage inventory”.