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The Fight That Saved and Preserved Perth’s History

Friday 22nd March / presented by Rhian Todhunter

In 1994 Council House was almost brought to the ground when commissioners voted to demolish it as part of the then-Premier Richard Court’s new city plan.

The building was full of asbestos, the cost of refurbishing was estimated to be around $40 million, and despite uproar from the National Trust, the building wasn’t placed on the Heritage Register.

This decision kicked the Royal Institute of Architects into action and they stirred up the public to find out what they thought was considered ‘heritage’.

City Vision Chair and Architect Ken Adam remembers the battlefield around Council House in the mid 1990’s.

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Shadow Minister for Police; Road Safety; Crime Prevention; and Tourism Michelle Roberts has just retained the Lower House seat of Midland by a slim margin – 24 votes – so she knows a thing or two about fighting for what she sees as important.

She had one on her hands in the 2006 – as Heritage Minister in the Gallop Government, she listed Council House listed on the heritage register, a difficult process to tackle.

Michelle Roberts is on Artbeat to look at that process that saved the polarising building…

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