The State Government has
agreed to a $600,000 grant to ensure the survival of St Patrick’s Basilica in
Fremantle - the State’s only basilica.
Minister Francis Logan formally announced the grant today, describing the
basilica as one of Fremantle’s most significant historic
“The conservation grant will help
restore the basilica’s limestone walls, which are in urgent need of repair,” Mr
“The basilica is a significant
heritage asset, valued for its beautiful architecture and history as the
cultural and spiritual hub for many Irish, Italian and Portuguese migrants for
“It was built in 1900 and designed by
renowned architect Michael Cavanagh.
“It is a
magnificent icon that adds to the vitality of Fremantle.”
The Minister said the funding was in addition to the State
Government’s annual $1million Heritage Grant Program, which assisted private
owners with heritage conservation.
He said the
Gallop Government was committed to protecting and enhancing Western Australia's
unique lifestyle, including significant heritage sites.
Fremantle MLA Jim McGinty welcomed the grant and said the basilica
had made an important contribution to the lives of Western
“The basilica is integral to the
port town and continues to be central to cultural and religious festivals like
the Blessing of the Fleet and processions for St Patrick’s Day, Our Lady of
Fatima and Our Lady of Tindari,” Mr McGinty said.
“The basilica is also internationally recognised for its music, being
home to two of Australia’s finest organs.”
Basilica campaign director John Pritchard said the State Government’s
support would be a catalyst for the conservation of the heritage precinct, and
encourage funding from the Commonwealth and private sources.
“St Pat’s holds a special place in the heart of the Fremantle
community,” Mr Pritchard said.
“It is where
thousands have been baptised, married and farewelled - it is essential that the
basilica is retained as part of WA’s history and its
*A basilica is a church ordained by the
Pope to be of special significance.
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