Preserving local history

Preserving local history

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale and the National Trust are working to utilise historic sites to better serve the community.

Residents were invited to share their visions for the future use of the historic Mill Manager’s House and the 1949 Jarrahdale Timber Mill at a special community workshop held last month.

Built in 1885 the Mill Manager’s House and timber mill were key features of the Jarrahdale Heritage Park, which pays homage to the area’s history as Western Australia’s first timber town.

Both structures were recently granted Royalties for Regions funding to assist with preservation works.

With works beginning in 2018 the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale together with the National Trust of WA were seeking expressions of interest from local groups and businesses eager to activate the area and use the Mill Manager’s House.

Shire president Michelle Rich said the shire had a long a proud history which lived on through historic buildings.

“The activation of this site for community use is important to our residents and something the shire fully supports,” she said.

Ms Rich said the purpose of the workshop was to encourage interested groups to share their ideas and opinions for a longer term vision for the site.

“These sites are important historical landmarks that the shire is keen to see protected and utilised in a way that best serves the community,” she said.

“We are extremely keen to see this move forward and we will continue to support the National Trust as they seek to maximise the site’s potential.”

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