THE old police station in Maylands is set to get a $146,000 facelift to attract more visitors.
The Maylands Historical and Peninsula Association moved into the 1908 federation building last year, but has struggled to attract visitors to exhibitions.
The planned facelift includes a new timber verandah, wheelchair ramp, drinking fountain and a new roof and paint job.
President Terry Gaunt says the works will integrate the station into surrounding parkland shared by the Maylands Hall, War Memorial and the Rise.
“We don’t get much passing foot traffic so hopefully this will give the site a fillip and attract more people” he says.
“Every Wednesday we open our doors to the public.
“We have loads of interesting historical documents and photos on show.”
The little-known association provide a wealth of free historical information to several organisations, including consultants hired by Bayswater city council.
It recently provided historical background to Cathy May, who is writing the council-funded history of Bayswater “Changes They’ve Seen”.
The station houses thousands of historical artefacts about the suburb, including significant engineering documents from Maylands Aerodrome and West Australian Airways.
The aerodrome, opened at Maylands Peninsula in 1924, was Perth’s first official airport and the landing site of the first non-stop flight across Australia, performed by Charles Kingsford-Smith in 1928. It closed in 1963 when Jandakot opened.
The station’s planned facelift will also beef up security with the installation of CCTV cameras, security lighting and fencing.
Mr Gaunt says the surrounding parklands play host to anti-social behaviour: “We’ve seen various groups camping out at night and causing a bit of trouble,” he says. “Hopefully the new security measures will clean the place up a a bit and make it safer.”
by STEPHEN POLLOCK