The Hon Tony Simpson MLA, Member for Darling Range, presented a cheque on behalf of the Peel Development Commission to National Trust of Western Australia CEO Mr Julian Donaldson on 31 January 2017.
Mr Donaldson said community use of the Mill Manager’s house was a vital consideration in the future of the place which is listed on the State Heritage Register.
“The grant will fund external painting, structural works and roof remediation as well as an internal fitout including new kitchen and toilet facilities, flooring and painting which will provide an inviting and sustainable option for community and commercial groups,” he said.
“The National Trust will liaise closely with the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale and local communities and businesses to ensure visitors can enjoy this important place which is significant locally and for its role in the far-reaching distribution of Jarrah internationally as a desirable timber.”
Mr Simpson said the former residence was home to Jarrahdale’s mill managers for over a century and has direct links with the history of the State’s timber industry.
“The 1881 Mill Manager’s House is a significant landmark and historic place within Jarrahdale Heritage Park. Its conservation will ensure a continued future as a valued place in the Peel region.”
National Trust of Western Australia CEO, Julian Donaldson said he was delighted to receive support from the State Government and the Peel Development Commission for this important work at Jarrahdale which expected to be completed by October this year.
“The conservation of the Mill Manager’s House is an important step towards strengthening Jarrahdale Heritage Park as a central community asset with tourism and educational potentials for the town and region.”
Shire President John Erren said the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale looked forward to working in partnership with the National Trust of Western Australia to raise the profile of the historic town of Jarrahdale with the conservation of the landmark Mill Manager’s House.