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Randwick Council takes over lease of La Perouse Museum and Headland

Randwick City Council will sign a 42-year lease of the La Perouse Museum on Tuesday, 5 September 2017, taking over care and control of the area from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Mayor Noel D’Souza announced today.

The lease, to be signed by Mayor Noel D’Souza and NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton, will also include the Macquarie Watchtower, the La Perouse Monument and the Pere Receveur Tomb, but excludes Bare Island.

“La Perouse has a unique mix of Indigenous, French and Colonial history, which we aim to explore and celebrate when we upgrade the Museum and expand the collection,” said Mayor D’Souza. “With this lease handover we now have the opportunity to elevate La Perouse as one of Australia’s top cultural destinations.”

Randwick Council will increase the Museum operating hours to three days per week and hire a curator to consolidate and expand the current collection and develop a new exhibit and display strategy.

Council will consult with the local community about the future uses of the area. Some of the ideas being considered include restoring and repairing the La Perouse Museum, increasing community access, expanding and enhancing the Museum’s Indigenous collection and possibly providing a café, event space and Museum shop.

Randwick Council will be responsible for maintenance of the heritage sites and the costs associated with managing the museum and will officially operate the precinct from Thursday, October 26, 2017.

For more information, please visit www.randwick.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 722 542.

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