Michelle Roberts

Michelle Roberts

Minister for Housing and Works; Indigenous Affairs; Heritage; Land Information

    Local landmark awarded heritage grant

    2/11/2007 12:00 PM

    The historical Kalamunda Hotel is one of 32 places benefiting from this year’s $1million Heritage Grants Program.

    Heritage Minister Michelle Roberts announced today that the heritage-listed hotel would receive $60,000 for conservation works.

    “The Kalamunda Hotel was constructed in 1928 and provided some of the first tourist accommodation in the Darling Ranges,” Mrs Roberts said.

    “Almost 80 years later, it is still operating as a hotel, restaurant and public bar, providing a vibrant meeting place for locals and visitors.”

    The Minister said the place was a reminder of the important role hotels played in regional Australia during the early and mid-twentieth century.

    “The hotel is a central element of the historic streetscape of Railway Road and Haynes Street and is highly valued by the local community,” she said.

    Original owner P A ‘Paddy’ Connolly built the new hotel to capitalise on heightened local tourism, particularly following the visit of the Duke and Duchess of York and later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

    Other grants awarded in the local area included $20,000 for conservation works to Maddington Homestead (circa 1836) and $4,500 for the preparation of a conservation plan for the former Independent Chapel in Guildford (circa 1852).

    “Maddington Homestead is a very rare example of a substantial, intact settler's house in our State,” Mrs Roberts said.

    “The Independent Chapel was the first of its kind built outside the Perth townsite and has since been converted into a private residence.

    “I thank the owners for their dedication to the conservation of these important places and am pleased to be able to support their efforts through the annual Heritage Grants Program.

    “Through conservation of important places, the diverse stories of our cultural heritage can be celebrated and preserved for future generations.”

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