ANZAC COTTAGE may be transferred from Vincent council to the National Trust of WA.
The move would see it opened up to the public more often but with an entry fee attached.
The transfer plan has in-principle support from both main groups associated with the cottage – the leaseholders Vietnam Veterans Association WA, and the Friends of Anzac Cottage who are now back holding events there after disagreements led to them taking a six-month breather.
They’d both keep access to the cottage after the transfer.
The 104 year-old Kalgoorlie Street Cottage was built by locals almost entirely in one day for wounded Gallipoli veteran Cuthbert John Porter.
It’s currently open to the public when FOAC runs their open days on the first Sunday of each month and on significant war remembrance days (entry’s free, or a gold coin donation gets you afternoon tea).
Under the National Trust’s ownership it’ll likely be open much more often, but a $10 entry fee will be attached those days, or $5 for kids.
The trust is a registered charity and says the money is “used to offset maintenance and capital expenses in the future” and “such a fee can be moderated for community and education groups”.
Vincent council staff support the transfer as it’ll save on maintenance costs and councillors will make the decision after a consultation period.
Mayor Emma Cole says: “We think that the National Trust is in a strong position to preserve and enhance Anzac Cottage’s historic status and place within our community, but want to hear from as many Vincent residents as possible before we make a decision.”
Consultation runs til September 22 at imagine.vincent.wa.gov.au or give them your thoughts on 9273 6000.
by DAVID BELL