Duffy House site concept plan to be released for consultation

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The future activation of century-old Duffy House in Woodvale has taken a step forward after Joondalup Council endorsed the release of a concept plan for public comment.

One of the City’s oldest buildings, the single storey limestone cottage – constructed between 1911 and 1913 – is associated with the prominent Duffy family who were early settlers of the area and long-time Wanneroo* residents. It has been abandoned since 2009.

The key feature of the concept plan is a proposal for a modest development that would support a commercial operation such as a café or restaurant.

Based on initial stakeholder feedback, the venue could potentially host seasonal market/events, weddings and alfresco dining.

The concept plan, which will go out for feedback from 22 July – 18 August 2021, incorporates a Noongar six-season garden, tree decking, improved pedestrian and cycle paths, a pop-up event space and a play space.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the historic building meant a great deal to many people in the region and progression of the project needed to be handled delicately.

“We want to take our community on this journey with us,” he said.

“Duffy House is one of our last surviving links to the pastoral land use in the Wanneroo and Joondalup area and given the building’s historical significance it is vital our community members have input into its future use.

“The City takes seriously the responsibility of bringing this project to fruition. It is important we strike the right balance between activating the site and protecting its heritage values.”

In 2018, the Joondalup Council agreed to accept future management of the building and was provided with grant funding from the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) to progress restoration works and identify potential future uses for the site.

The City has completed stage one restoration works, including installation of security fencing, power, water and future communication supplies, partial demolition and remedial works to the old dairy, replacement of the roof, structural repairs, new windows, floor repairs, internal painting and construction of a car park and access road.

Feedback can be provided via the community consultation section of the City’s website from Thursday 22 July. Hard copy feedback forms will be available.