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Everybody's favourite do-gooder plans a tiny town punctuated by major Perth landmarks.

Const Care’s mini-Perth safety school

CHRIS THOMSON

Everyone’s favourite do-gooder is planning a traffic safety school at Maylands with an outdoor mini-town replete with replicas of major Perth landmarks.

The Constable Care Foundation wants to erect the pictured safety school outside Constable Care’s existing HQ at the defunct Maylands Primary School on Guildford Road.

The safety school is planned for the former primary school’s oval, beside the Seventh Avenue and Guildford Road intersection.

If the school is approved, there’ll be a modern classroom, mock road circuit, mock Winthrop Hall, Mock St Mary’s Cathedral, mock Transperth bus, mock rail carriages, and other mock landmarks.

The scale model buildings will be metal framed, compressed fibre clad and vinyl wrapped with an image of the building represented.

The only thing standing between Constable Care and his safety school is the WA Planning Commission who he’ll need to convince to approve it.

Perspective by Philip McAllister Architect.

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Questions over whether gallery's 'unauthorised' al fresco area damaged important Fremantle site.

‘Kidogo deck may have harmed heritage’

CHRIS THOMSON

An allegedly unauthorised timber deck erected recently at Fremantle‘s historic Kidogo arthouse may have  damaged archaeological heritage and should be torn down, say state government planners.

In a report to be debated by a state committee next week, the WA Planning Commission planners say the pictured deck significantly differs from an extension to Kidogo approved in July last year.

Kidogo received approval for an $80,000 extension on the northern side of its state heritage listed limestone building. The approved extension had a total area of about 13.6m x 3.8m, and comprised a timber-clad toilet block and a 6.3m x 3m timber deck. 

Kidogo FremantleInstead, a $75,000 13.6m x 5.12 deck was erected on the northern side of the building, which the planners say is significantly larger than the deck that was approved.

The planned toilet block, which has long been a bone of contention at Kidogo, has not been built.

In a submission on the deck, the Heritage Council of WA has expressed concern that the deck has been built over an area of archaeological significance, its scale “virtually dominates” the “highly significant” limestone building, and its “plan, elevation, detail and material” is “inappropriate to the early colonial setting” of the Kidogo building.

The WAPC planners further allege the deck has been built contrary to the granted approval, and say it has potential to impede the path of pedestrians to and from the end of a public boardwalk that abuts the deck.

They conclude that the deck detrimentally affects the cultural heritage significance of the building and place, which overlooks historic Bathers Beach.

The planners allege that no archaeological monitoring was carried out while the deck was being built, and say that nobody knows whether the structure caused any disturbance.

On March 22, the state committee will debate a recommendation by the planners that an application by Kidogo for retrospective approval of the deck be refused.

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Cockburn council plans to list virtually the entire corridor.

Second heritage spanner in Roe 8 works

CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: A second heritage spanner has been thrown in the works of the contentious Roe 8 freeway project in Perth’s southern suburbs with the City of Cockburn planning to add virtually the entire transport corridor to its significant trees register.

oneperth.com.au can reveal the council plans to list as significant a corridor of Tuart, Marri, Karri and Eucalyptus trees within the Roe 8 reserve, as pictured.

The Roe 8 corridor includes about 20 trees (marked in green) that are potential breeding trees for endangered black cockatoos.

These trees sit in a much larger corridor of trees the city says are significant, as marked in yellow.

The council’s push to list the trees follows a oneperth.com.au revelation last year that the city had moved to place the remains of a nearby defunct Australian Women’s Army Service World War II army camp on the local heritage register.

A council-hired archaeologist recommended the state government, which is itching to build Roe 8, be made aware of the camp and its potential as a complicating factor for the freeway project.

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State agency admits its major project obliterated important Perth landmarks.

Elizabeth Quay not authentic: MRA

CHRIS THOMSON

The government agency that dismantled the verdant Esplanade Reserve to erect skyscrapers at Elizabeth Quay has admitted the once heritage-rich area now lacks authenticity and integrity.

A Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority heritage assessment seen by oneperth.com.au declares that the $2.6 billion project should receive heritage protection despite having low authenticity and integrity from a heritage perspective.

“The place has considerable historic value as the location of the former Esplanade Reserve which was formed through major reclamation work commenced in the 1880s along the Swan River foreshore to create a network of public open spaces and river amenities aimed at integrating the city environment with the river,” the MRA document says.

“By the nature of its formation, ‘Elizabeth Quay’ continues the history of the manipulation of the landscape to create connections between the city and the river.

“The place has very high historic value for the many important events and elements that occurred or were constructed on Esplanade Reserve (former), including the proclamation of self-government for the State in 1890, the Perth city Anzac Day parade and service from 1916 to 2013 and including the statue of Sir J. J. Talbot Hobbs, the Perth Exhibition in 1881, the site of the former Allan Green Conservatory which commemorated the State’s 150th anniversary of foundation, the Alf Curlewis Gardens and the Florence Hummerston Day Care Centre.”

The report says the development of Elizabeth Quay has seen the former reserve’s public garden and lawn, the Allan Green Conservatory and Alf Curlewis Gardens removed.

In 2014, the historic Talbot Hobbs memorial was relocated from its original position to its present location at the Supreme Court Gardens, near the intersection of The Esplanade and Barrack Street.

Also in 2014, the Florence Hummerston Day Care Centre was controversially deconstructed and reconstructed in a new location on an artificial island at Elizabeth Quay.

Many mature trees including Moreton Bay figs on the corner of Barrack and William Streets have been retained.

The MRA plans to officially open Elizabeth Quay to the public on January 29. Though, as revealed here, several of the planned skyscrapers will only be grassy blocks of land for some years, and much-anticipated food outlets are likely to be delayed.

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New lease on life for Langley Park landmark.

Cafe plan for sewage pump house

CHRIS THOMSON

A defunct sewage pump station at Langley Park in East Perth is set to become a cafe.

Perth council officials have recommended that expressions of interest be called to convert the state heritage listed Hill Street Pump Station, pictured, into a “destination cafe”.

A Perth council mailout to 1200 ratepayers resulted in 13 responses, most of which suggested a cafe.

Perth ratepayer Soliman Allam suggested a “classy cafe/restaurant” for the building.

Fellow ratepayer Richard Ng suggested turning the pump station “into a charming old-world Australian-style cafe that serves ONLY Australian fare”.

Harry and Yvonne Marwick thought the pumping station would “make a great themed café/coffee shop, which could act as a pseudo museum or at least a reminder of the early airfield [at Langley Park] and what the foreshore looked like through the city’s evolution”.

The 1914-built pump station was decommissioned in 1989.

A city commitee will debate the cafe proposal on December 8.

Photo: GHD, Langley Water Pump Station Consultation Outcomes Report

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New council policy bans spread of Cottesloe's best known trees.

Farewell to the Norfolk Island Pines

CHRIS THOMSON

Cottesloe council is set to put a cap on the number of landmark Norfolk Island Pines at Perth’s best known beach.

A new tree policy drafted by council officials promotes the use of “Indigenous” vegetation, including trees, on road reserves, to extend the habitat of “Native” birds and animals.

Although native to the Australian territory of Norfolk Island, Norfolk Island Pines are far from native to Perth. Nor are the vocal rainbow lorikeets that descend on the pines in droves most afternoons.

The new policy states that: “Other than in accordance with a landscape plan, or on the foreshore, Norfolk Island Pines are only to be planted where they will replace an existing Norfolk Island Pine”.

“While the Norfolk Island Pine is part of the visual character of Cottesloe, they are not suited to all locations in the town, and may not be aesthetically appealing in every street,” the draft policy opines.

“New street trees, other than in the town centre or on the foreshore, will be Western Australian Natives, and, where there is a dominant Native street tree type in the street, any new tree will be the same species as the dominant type in the street.

“All individual street tree planting will be undertaken by the Town.

“All other planting on verges, other than a lawn, will require a submission to the Town of Cottesloe for approval.”

A town committee is slated to debate the draft policy on Tuesday night.

Photo: Cropped from one by Michael Spencer, Wikimedia Commons, under Creative Commons licence.

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Momentum builds toward return of gutted Perth landmark.

Beer garden ‘important’ for Guildford Hotel

CHRIS THOMSON

Only its facade will remain much as it was before fire gutted the Guildford Hotel in 2008, but a beer garden is set to return, according to a licence application that demonstrates it’s full steam ahead for a return of the state heritage listed venue.

The application reveals a large al fresco beer garden will coexist alongside several casual indoor drinking and dining areas when the 1883-built hotel rises from the ashes.

The current hotel owners have applied to transfer their existing liquor licence to ESGDJA Pty Ltd, run by Steve Garcia and John Ahern, which operates The George, The Aviary and Wolfe Lane venues in Perth, and The Byrneleigh in Nedlands.

Garcia and Ahern envisage the hotel, pictured here before it burnt down, will be “a home away from home”.

“The Guildford Hotel will be an extension of your own lounge room,” they promise.

“The beer garden will be an important feature of the hotel … and it is envisaged it will be a very popular area for patrons to drink and dine.”

The target market for the resurrected hotel will mainly be local residents, workers and business owners aged 40 and above.

“They will characteristically have disposable income allowing them to treat themselves regularly and, on occasions, friends to a night out,” the application asserts.

Generation Y locals between the ages of 21 and 35 will take a back seat for a change, as the hotel’s secondary market.

“This group of patrons will no longer have to travel to the city,” the application promises.

“Typically this group of patrons will socialise on the weeknights and generally will have a high disposable income for social outings and eating out.”

Tourists, and day trippers from the big smoke, will be a tertiary target market.

Live music is envisaged from 5pm to 11pm on Fridays, 1pm to 4pm and 8pm to 11pm on Saturdays, and of course, for Perth’s quintessential Sunday sesh.

Anyone wishing to comment on the liquor licence application can do so here.

And tell ’em oneperth sent ya.

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City plans to approve its own while signing the death warrant of another.

Some billboards more equal than others

CHRIS THOMSON

Cockburn council staff want one billboard dispatched from the side of a state-listed heritage building and a new billboard of their own to adorn an extension to another of the city’s most cherished heritage structures.

On the corner of Cockburn Road and Rockingham Road in Hamilton Hill, the defunct Newmarket Hotel building is set to lose its billboard, pictured right.

After decades of neglect, the landmark state heritage listed structure is set to get a new lease on life as a ballet school run by dance teacher Michele Cleaver-Wilkinson.

Mrs Wilkinson wants to tear down the billboard, and render the southern side of the 1912-built limestone building so a mural can be applied.

Cockburn council planner Giselle Alliex has recommended that Mrs Wilkinson’s wish be granted.

Just up the road, on the corner of Rockingham Road and Carrington Street, Ms Alliex has recommended that her council colleagues be granted the opportunity to erect an electronic billboard on a 2006-built extension to the Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall.

Perth billboardPlans for the billboard (pictured, left) did not go out for public consultation, despite the old, 1925-built, part of the hall being recognised as having “exceptional heritage significance” on the council’s heritage register.

“An LED sign at this location will have a positive impact on the place as it will communicate events to the community and bring people together therefore improving the social fabric of our suburbs,” Ms Alliex opines.

“This sign will help promote the cultural significance of the site whilst creating a more simplified streetscape by way of removing other banners, therefore resulting in a better outcome.”

Both recommendations are slated to be debated by Ms Alliex’s political masters on Thursday night.

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And officials don't find her scheme hard to Swallow.

MacTiernan plans a bigger bar

CHRIS THOMSON

Federal Member for Perth Alannah MacTiernan plans to expand her small bar at Maylands and council officials say she should be allowed.

In 2011, oneperth.com.au revealed Ms MacTiernan had been granted a liquor licence to open her Swallow wine bar overlooking the train tracks at Whatley Crescent.

Now her bar manager Meredith Bastian has applied to expand the bar into the adjacent former station master’s house, as pictured.

Swallow bar MaylandsThe station master’s house was built in 1902 and is on the state heritage list. But state heritage office agrees has no problem with Ms MacTiernan’s mooted bar extension because it is planned for the back of the building.

Bayswater city planners have recommended their political masters approve the bar expansion at a council meeting to be held on Tuesday night.

The extension is 24.8 sqm in size.

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Rugby ground worth of turf makes a comeback at project that was supposed to replace it.

Watch the grass grow at Elizabeth Quay

CHRIS THOMSON

Grass, once stigmatised by property developers as the bogey-plant of the Perth foreshore, is set to make a 9000 square metre comeback at Elizabeth Quay because the Barnett Government’s Esplanade Reserve privatisation plan has not yet materialised.

oneperth.com.au can reveal that 9295sqm of turf is about to be laid at Elizabeth Quay on big blocks of land that have not yet sold to skyscraper developers.

That’s about 1000sqm more grass than the surface of Perth Oval where the Western Force and Perth Glory strut their footballing stuff.

And the grass makes a farce of the Barnett government’s goal to rid the state heritage listed public park once known as The Esplanade Reserve of turf by concreting, excavating, flooding and privatising most of it.

With the 2.7 hectare Elizabeth Quay inlet due for completion by the end of this year, Lots 2, 3, 5 and 6 (pictured) are yet to be sold.

Lots 5 and 6 are under negotiation with Brookfield, and expressions of interest on lots 2 and 3 close on October 22.

The blocks will be returfed progressively from November 14 to mid January next year, to discourage the emergence of dust and tumbleweeds.

The Esplanade Reserve in its 2011 'hay day', a year before the earth movers rolled in.

The Esplanade Reserve in its 2011 ‘hay day’, a year before the earth movers rolled in.

A major rationale for obliterating The Esplanade Reserve was that the $2.6 billion Elizabeth Quay project would ‘activate’ the Perth foreshore in a way that an old-school public park purportedly could not.

But, back in May, oneperth.com.au revealed state officials did not expect Elizabeth Quay to be fully developed until at least 2030, which would have left big chunks of the project to languish for a decade and a half.

Prodded to action by the prompt oneperth.com.au coverage, Perth’s languid band of big media corporations belatedly picked up on the delays.

While acknowledging land sales had slowed in the city, The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority backed down on its projection, and claimed a 10-year development plan was now achievable.

Now, state officials have revised their gloomy forecast in writing, assuring the public that skyscrapers will start rising where the turf is about to be laid by 2019.

The government says the blocks will be temporarily “activated” throughout the year with “events, leisure activities and markets”.

Note: Amendments made to original copy to reflect details of ongoing land sales.

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Recognition on the way for the good old days.

11 corner shops headed for heritage list

CHRIS THOMSON

Nostalgia for 11 of Perth’s onetime and current corner shops has spilled over to a proposal that they be heritage listed.

City of Subiaco staff have proposed that defunct corner shops at 230 Hamersley Road, 142 Hensman Road, 219 Heytesbury Road and 90 Onslow Road be added to the town’s heritage register, which will give them a deal of protection against demolition or distasteful renovation.

A heritage assessment conducted for the council by Greenward Consulting concludes the above properties have “considerable” heritage significance.

Council officers have also floated the idea of adding 65 Bagot Road, 135 Heytesbury Road, 104 Keightley Road, 77 Nicholson Road, 107 Nicholson Road, 299 Railway Road, and 396-398 Rokeby Road to the city’s local government heritage inventory. The inventory is a kind of heritage hall of fame and offers no real protection against demolition or Channel Nine-style renovation rescues.

The heritage assessment says these properties have “some” heritage significance.

In all, Greenward identified 52 existing or former corner shops in the City of Subiaco, with only 14 retaining recognisable evidence of the shop.

The city’s elected officials are yet to consider the corner shop conservation and commemoration concept.

Photos: Greenward Consulting

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Watch what happens next at historic park in a bustling Chinese city ...

Shanghai goldfish girl

CHRIS THOMSON

With a population of 24 million people, Shanghai is a socialist metropolis that’s crawling with capitalists.

Amid all the humanity, materialism and ideology, a solitary young woman approaches a pond in a popular park.

From a plastic shopping bag she releases dozens of goldfish.

Watch what happens next at a historic reserve in a bustling Chinese city …

 

 

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Fly in the ointment for contentious Cockburn freeway.

Army heritage stymie for Roe 8

CHRIS THOMSON

A fly is set to emerge from the ointment of the Barnett Government’s planned Roe Highway extension between North Lake and Bibra Lake, in the week the mooted motorway received Ministerial approval.

On Thursday, acting state Transport Minister Bill Marmion said the locally-contentious Roe 8 extension could be built in an environmentally sensitive manner, as pictured, right.

Mr Marmion’s statement came after state Environment Minister Albert Jacob approved the freeway project, with conditions, earlier on Thursday.

Roe 8 heritage ruinsBut, oneperth.com.au has learned that a push is now on at Cockburn council to stymie Mr Marmion’s Roe 8 plans – on heritage grounds.

In a paper to her political masters, senior Cockburn council planner Donna Di Renzo advises that remains of a defunct Australian Women’s Army Service Word War II army camp on Hope Road in Bibra Lake are “further evidence as to why the Roe Highway would have an unacceptable impact if it proceeds”.

The camp’s remains (pictured) were brought to the attention of Cockburn council by the Bibra Lake Residents Association.

There is no evidence the remains have been previously investigated by an archaeologist.

Roe 8 heritage ruinsThe remains are located 170-odd metres south of where Mr Marmion wants construction to start on Roe 8 from early next year – a plan that virtually nobody in the suburb of Bibra Lake is doing cartwheels about.

Based on recent recommendations by a council-hired archaeologist, Ms Di Renzo has recommended the camp’s remains be advertised for listing on the Cockburn council heritage register.

She has also recommended that the state government be made aware of the camp and its potential as a complicating factor for Roe 8.

The Australian Women’s Army Service was formed in August 1941 to release men from administration, driving, catering, signals and intelligence duties.

The camp’s prefabricated buildings and infrastructure were removed immediately after World War II, but there are traces that identify where latrines, shower blocks, and tracks once were.

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Plunkett’s mansion kicked to the kerb

CHRIS THOMSON

Property developer Marcus Plunkett has failed to resurrect plans for a mansion on one of Peppermint Grove’s poshest streets.

Last year, oneperth.com.au revealed that Mr Plunkett – who in 2013 paid about $9 million for a Federation-era bungalow at 58 The Esplanade – was facing stiff opposition from his next-door-neighbour and fellow real estate developer Nigel Satterley in getting the pictured mansion approved.

Peppermint-Grove-houseAt the time, Mr Satterley was planning a mansion expansion of his own.

In March last year Peppermint Grove council refused Mr Plunkett’s mansion, by Giorgi Exclusive Homes, which would have seen the existing bungalow bowled.

After Mr Plunkett appealed that decision in the State Administrative Tribunal, the council refused the mansion again, largely on heritage grounds.

Now, after a second round in the tribunal, Mr Plunkett has been defeated.

In a decision published last week, tribunal member Rebecca Moore noted the existing Federation Queen Anne Bungalow is part of a group of four heritage listed homes

Ms Moore found that Mr Plunkett’s mooted mansion would have an adverse impact on the streetscape of The Esplanade which winds around the banks of Freshwater Bay.

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