Fresh start for cottages ready to be called home

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A strip of turn-of-the-century character properties in the Parry Street heritage precinct have been given a new lease on life, and will become social housing to support some of our State's most vulnerable people.
Collage of Parry Street after renovation

The seven properties were identified for priority conservation works as part of the State's post-COVID-19 economic stimulus program, with some of the homes being vacant for the past seven years.

The Federation-style cottages are not individually listed on the State Heritage Register, but are located within a culturally significant precinct which reflects a time of rapid urban expansion on the city fringes, generated by the 1890s gold rush.

Locally owned and operated firm Western Projects was awarded the contract to carry out conservation works, which were designed and overseen by heritage specialists within the State Government.

The works were focused on preserving the heritage features of the properties, such as repairs and restoration of original ceilings and floorboards, while also providing essential structural, plumbing and electrical safety upgrades.

Over 40 local subcontractors were engaged to provide a range of construction services. Among those employed on the project were 14 apprentices, five female tradespeople and seven Aboriginal workers.

The Department of Communities contributed $1.5 million to the project.

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Page reviewed 5 August 2022