Wanslea restoration embraces history and community
Two significant Lotterywest grants helped a heritage-listed landmark rediscover its former glory and embrace a new future as a community facility. Grants of $6.5 million to the National Trust of WA and a $1.6 million grant to the Cancer Wellness Centre saw historic Wanslea House in Cottesloe extensively conserved and refurbished to house four cancer support member organisations.
Professor Tony Brennan, President of the Cancer Wellness Centre, said the resulting facility, which was recognised at the 2015 State Heritage Awards, had enormous benefits for the Centre’s member organisations;
"The successful conservation and refurbishment of the Wanslea heritage and co-location of Cancer Wellness Centre member organisations provides greater opportunities for leveraging collaboration amongst leading cancer support organisations in WA to enhance the services provided to people with cancer, their families, carers and communities.”
The Wanslea restoration project has since received further recognition with an honourable mention at the 2015 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.