Francis Logan

Francis Logan

Minister for Energy; Resources; Industry and Enterprise

    Grants boost for heritage in Guildford and Kalamunda

    6/12/2005 12:00 AM

    Two historic hotels in Guildford and Kalamunda are set to benefit from the Gallop Government’s $1million program to conserve the State’s heritage assets.

    Heritage Minister Francis Logan announced today that $20,000 would go to the owners of Guildford’s 1840 Rose and Crown Hotel - one of Perth’s oldest hotels - to replace its roof and gutters and rebuild its chimney.

    Another $30,000 will go to the Kalamunda Hotel in Railway Road, Kalamunda.

    The two hotels are among 29 heritage sites around the State to receive grants in 2005-06 to help pay for important maintenance and restoration work.

    “These grants will make a substantial contribution to this region’s heritage,” Mr Logan said.

    “The Rose and Crown Hotel is an extremely valuable heritage site, particularly because of its long history as a traditional Australian pub. It still contains its original cellars and a well, as well as stables that are said to have been used by Afghan camel drivers.

    “The Kalamunda Hotel is also very significant because it retains much of its original character, including the classic corner-pub verandah. The original hotel was built in 1904 and a second hotel was built immediately adjacent in 1928.

    “It was the first place to provide tourist accommodation in the Darling Ranges and has been linked to the expansion of tourism in the district in the late 1920s and 1930s.”

    Mr Logan said the $1million grants were a significant investment by the Gallop Government.

    These will provide vital assistance to private owners undertaking conservation works and planning, including repairing stonework, improving drainage and stabilising sites.

    “The grants will ensure the survival of many of our important heritage landmarks, like these two hotels in Guildford and Kalamunda,” he said.

    Mr Logan said the Heritage Council had received 56 applications for funding under the Heritage Grants Program.

    Over the past eight years, the program had provided almost $7million to the owners of heritage properties to help conserve the State’s built heritage.

    "The grants provide much-needed assistance to private owners and help ensure the State's heritage gems are conserved for future generations to enjoy," the Minister said.

    "It is another example of the Gallop Government acting to protect and enhance Western Australia's unique lifestyle and environment."

    Mr Logan also announced the permanent listing of the Guildford Road Bridge, which has been the site of the traditional river crossing from Bassendean to Guildford for 174 years.

    “The timber and concrete bridge that stands there today was built in 1937 in response to increased population and transport loads and reflects the importance of the Guildford region throughout WA’s early history,” the Minister said.

    “It makes a landmark western entry to the heritage precinct of Guildford and the bridge’s use of aged bush pole timbers is in harmony with its woodland and river setting.”

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