Francis Logan

Francis Logan

Minister for Energy; Resources; Industry and Enterprise

    $600,000 for WA's only basilica*

    7/09/2005 12:00 AM


    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.

    Heritage Minister Francis Logan formally announced the grant today, describing the basilica as one of Fremantle’s most significant historic landmarks.

    “The conservation grant will help restore the basilica’s limestone walls, which are in urgent need of repair,” Mr Logan said.

    “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 105 years.

    “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 Australians.

    “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 future.”

    *A basilica is a church ordained by the Pope to be of special significance.

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