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Premier reopens Cottesloe's historic Wanslea

14 November 2014
  • Premier opens refurbished Wanslea - listed on the State Register of Heritage Places
  • Cancer Wellness Centre completed with Lotterywest grants of more than $8m

Premier Colin Barnett today officially opened the refurbished Wanslea in Cottesloe, now home to a unique support centre for West Australians affected by cancer.

Using more than $8 million in Lotterywest grants, the heritage-listed building has undergone extensive refurbishment to become the Cancer Wellness Centre with four cancer support organisations offering information and support from a central location.

"The redevelopment of Wanslea was a significant conservation project which has also highlighted the potential to adapt heritage projects for use as community facilities," Mr Barnett said.

"The conservation and re-use of this beautiful building has not only taken it back to its former glory but also restored Wanslea to the original purpose of caring for West Australians."

Wanslea was built as an orphanage in 1905. Throughout its history, the building has been used by various organisations including the Red Cross to nurse returned service personnel and by the State Government as a home for the children of sick mothers.

The Premier also acknowledged the scale of the work undertaken in the refurbishment project and the benefit to the wider community.

Breast Cancer Care WA, Melanoma WA, Cancer Support WA and the Brady Support Cancer Foundation are now located in the refurbished centre, allowing the organisations to share ideas, resources and programs to benefit clients.

Mr Barnett said cancer was a leading cause of death in Australia and many West Australians needed cancer support services while they were receiving medical treatment.

"The Cancer Wellness Centre will offer a unique integrated cancer support campus, conveniently drawing together the services and expertise into one place to provide cancer support, learning and prevention," he said.
Fact File

  • The National Trust of Australia (WA) received Lotterywest grants totalling $6.59m for the redevelopment of Wanslea into the Cancer Wellness Centre
  • The Cancer Wellness Centre received Lotterywest grants totaling $1.6m for project costs, information technology, fit-out and website costs

For a full list of grants recommended by the Lotterywest board and approved by the Premier, visit

Premier's office - 6552 5000

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