New look Warders, but concerns remain

New look Warders, but concerns remain

Fremantle historic Warders Cottages have partially reopened, but concerns remain over the Government’s plan to sell them off to private owners.

State Labor MP Simone McGurk, who alongside residents and the Fremantle Society, has campaigned for years to have the heritage icons restored, welcomed the opening of the first two cottages, but urged the State Government to include residents in determining the future of the site.

“It’s good to see that work has been done to restore the beautiful Warders’ Cottages,” Ms McGurk said.

“Since the eviction of tenants by the Barnett Government over five years ago, the cottages were visibly deteriorating and badly in need of work.

“The community were rightly outraged at their neglect. Over 1000 people signed a petition to have action taken, and I have written numerous times to the state government to urge action, and did a grievance in parliament in 2013.

“I’m hopeful there will be good outcomes for the restoration given that only a fraction of the $6 million repair bill the National Trust estimated has actually been spent by the Government.

“It’s important that we get the next steps right. To ensure there are consistent outcomes that respect the cottages’ heritage, the community must have some input about what happens to them. That’s the only way we can protect these gems,” Ms McGurk said.