Wanneroo Council endorses demolition of Wanneroo Racing Pigeon Club

The Wanneroo Racing Pigeon Club will be demolished.
The Wanneroo Racing Pigeon Club will be demolished.

WANNEROO Council has opted to spend $60,000 to demolish the Wanneroo Racing Pigeon Club building rather than spend $325,000 on major works to make it fit for habitation.

The council agreed the Jambanis Road building was not fit for purpose and endorsed its demolition at its October 16 meeting.

A council report said the building was unoccupied as the club had surrendered its lease on the site due to lack of membership and insufficient funds to maintain the building.

“The building was inspected by administration on May 9, 2018, and it was determined that the building is in a poor state. Over recent months the building has suffered a number of break-ins and vandal attacks,” it said.

“A dilapidation report by JDI Projects in February 2018 highlighted that the building requires extensive works or alternatively be considered for demolition.”

It found most of the ceiling had collapsed, the kitchen was old and not usable, utilities had disconnected water and power, and asbestos was present.

“The building remains a target for anti-social behaviour and vandalism due to its isolation while it is unoccupied, resulting in ongoing maintenance cost to the City,” the report said.

“In its present state, the building is not fit for habitation; the estimated cost of such major works is in the order of $325,000.

“The estimated cost to demolish the building, dispose of the materials and mulching the site is in the order $60,000.

“Due to its isolated location, it is anticipated that commercial entities or other organisations would not be interested in leasing this site.”