New council digs delight

Claremont councillor Karen Wood and chief executive Stephen Goode on site at the new council building.
Claremont councillor Karen Wood and chief executive Stephen Goode on site at the new council building.

The Town recently launched a 50 faces of Claremont search by asking people to nominate influential residents who will be part of artwork on the southern wall of the new building.

The new administration and chambers will be open in November with the first council meeting held on November 18 ” exactly four years after an accidental fire destroyed the old building.

Builders will hand the building over to the Town for fit out at the end of September.

Chief executive Stephen Goode could not wipe the smile from his face as he admired the building while giving the Western Suburbs Weekly a tour this month.

Mr Goode said windows on the eastern side of the structure would ‘bring Claremont Park in to the building’. He said the facility was double the size of their previous home, which would feature in the new building by retaining exposed brick work from the former council chambers plus the heritage facade fronting Stirling Highway.

The library will remain at the Claremont Community Hub.

Administration will take up most of the ground floor with the council chambers and Mayor Jock Barker’s office on the first level and Mr Goode based on the top storey.

Files will be stored in a fireproof area at the northern end of the building.

Nominations for Faces of Claremont close on August 27. Call 9285 4300 or email toc@claremont.wa.gov.au.