City to negotiate Cossack heritage sites with State

The Cossack Heritage Precinct will be a subject of negotiation between State Government and the City of Karratha as the lease for the buildings draws to a close.

The ten heritage sites that make up the Precinct were identified and endorsed by Council on Monday night as those the City is prepared to discuss the tenure and transfer of with the State.

City of Karratha Deputy Mayor John Lally said some of the most significant heritage sites in Western Australia are located in the Cossack Heritage Precinct and it was important for Council to ensure these were protected and maintained well into the future.

“The Cossack Heritage Precinct has a significant maritime heritage and it is imperative that these built sites are appropriately respected moving forward,” Cr Lally said.

“The Precinct is currently under lease from the State Government, with the City responsible for maintenance. This period is due to expire in July 2017, prompting a review of the ownership and management structures in place and as a result, the decision to negotiate favourable terms for the tenure of these heritage sites has been made,” he said.

The heritage sites the City will discuss with State Government are:

Cossack Custom House and Bond Store;
Cossack Post and Telegraph Office;
Cossack Police Quarters and Lock Up;
Galbraiths Store;
Cossack Court House;
Cossack School House;
Cossack Land Backed Wharf Area;
Cossack Water Tank;
Cossack Upper Landing; and
Jarman Island Lighthouse and Quarters.