A strip of turn-of-the-century character properties in the Parry Street heritage precinct have been given a new lease on life, and will become social housing to support some of our State’s most vulnerable people.
The seven properties were identified for priority conservation works as part of the State’s post-COVID-19 economic stimulus program, with some of the homes being vacant for the past seven years.
The Federation-style cottages are not individually listed on the State Heritage Register, but are located within a culturally significant precinct which reflects a time of rapid urban expansion on the city fringes, generated by the 1890s gold rush.
Locally owned and operated firm Western Projects was awarded the contract to carry out conservation works, which were designed and overseen by heritage specialists within the State Government.
The works were focused on preserving the heritage features of the properties, such as repairs and restoration of original ceilings and floorboards, while also providing essential structural, plumbing and electrical safety upgrades.
Over 40 local subcontractors were engaged to provide a range of construction services. Among those employed on the project were 14 apprentices, five female tradespeople and seven Aboriginal workers.
The Department of Communities contributed $1.5 million to the project.
As stated by Housing Minister John Carey:
“The McGowan Government is committed to boosting the number of homes available to vulnerable Western Australians, and as Housing Minister, this is my number one priority.
“This joint project has seen new life breathed into these character homes which had fallen into disrepair – however, now functional and fully refurbished, these cottages will soon be called home by families who really need them.
“Being close to transport hubs, health services and support networks, they will be a valuable addition to our State’s public housing.
“This Government is using every lever it can to increase social housing, from restoration projects like this one, through to modular builds, spot purchasing and conversion of unused Government Regional Officers’ Housing properties.”