Rob Johnson

Rob Johnson


    Centenary of Federation funds help preserve historic cottage: Minister

    10/01/2001 9:28 AM

    Aspro Cottage, in Araluen Botanic Park, is being revitalised with State Government funding made available through the WA 2001 Community Centenary Project.

    The historic cottage has long held heritage and cultural significance to the Roleystone district.

    Built in 1933, it is one of four remaining similarly styled log cabins constructed as a part of the Young Australia League’s recreational camp.

    Sold by the YAL in 1985, community action prompted the Ministry for Planning to purchase the property.

    Works; Services; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Rob Johnson said a comprehensive restoration and conservation plan for Aspro Cottage had now been documented and accepted by the WA Heritage Council.

    The State Government has committed $20,000 toward the restoration work.

    “The grant to the Araluen Botanic Park Foundation forms part of the $3.5 million committed by the State Government under the WA 2001 Community Centenary Project,” Mr Johnson said.

    “This money is helping communities celebrate an incredibly important milestone in our nation’s history - the Centenary of Federation.

    “The 201 successfully funded projects will provide valuable facilities and attractions in their respective communities as well as provide lasting reminders of the Centenary year.”

    Mr Johnson, who is the State Minister responsible for the Centenary of Federation, said the official opening of the restored cottage would take place on Thursday, January 25, at 2pm.

    Media contacts:
    Fran Hodge (Minister’s office) 9215 4800
    Liz Dunn (Project co-ordinator) 9496 1171