Town hall revamp

EAST FREMANTLE council will spend $1.8 million refurbishing its town hall.

The heritage-listed building will be “gutted” and 27sqm of office space added to the courtyard and a rear external lift installed.

The work will start in January and is expected to take around nine months.

“The proposed alterations to the historic building will have minimal negative impact on the heritage values of the existing building,” reported city officers.

East Fremantle mayor Jim O’Neill says the refurb was long overdue and the last one was over 30 years ago.

“It will provide a professional, safe and suitable purpose-built office environment to service the community from, and to maximise the building space more efficiently,” he says.

“The proposed works will allow for additional work stations should they be required in the future.”

During works, corporate services and the office of the CEO will be located in the old police station next door, and regulatory services and front counter staff will be in Dovenby House, at the rear of the town hall.

The town recently spent $50,000 on an internal update of the station and will seek expressions of interest for other uses after staff move back into the smartened up town hall.

The old police station, along with the town hall and post office on the corner of Stirling and Canning Highways, are all heritage listed.

The post office is owned by WA main roads and has been vacant for several years.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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