(9/1/2018) Fremantle's West End wins heritage grants
Fremantle is reaping the benefits of the heritage listing of the historic West End precinct, with four properties in the West End receiving state government heritage grants.
Heritage Minister David Templeman announced today the four Fremantle properties were among 23 heritage places to share in $1.22 million in funding through the 2017-18 Heritage Council of WA grants program.
The West End became the largest single place to be permanently included in the State Register of Heritage places in July last year.
Acting Fremantle Mayor Ingrid Waltham says the grants show the value of the having the precinct heritage listed.
“The City of Fremantle nominated the West End for inclusion on the State Register and worked very closely with the State Heritage Office and property owners for more than a year to make it happen,” Acting Mayor Waltham said.
“To be eligible for Heritage Council grants buildings must be heritage listed, so the listing of the entire West End – which includes around 250 buildings – means there are a lot more opportunities for property owners to access government funding.
“Because these grants have to be matched by property owners dollar-for-dollar there will be a lot of investment happening in Fremantle’s West End, which is very pleasing.
“The heritage listing has resulted in some great outcomes for the community, for the City, for property owners and for our unique and valuable built heritage."
The largest grant went to the Oceanic Hotel building on Collie Street, which received the maximum amount of $100,000.
Wilhelmsen House on Cliff Street received $61,725, the Ajax Building on High Street received $32,738 and $54,697 was awarded to the warehouse on Pakenham Street that is home to the PS Art Space.