Catherine Lezer Joins Heritage Council

Strata Community Association (WA) President, Catherine Lezer, has joined the Heritage Council of Western Australia.


WA Heritage Minister, David Templeman, has appointed Ms Lezer to fill a vacancy with a six month term.


The Heritage Council of WA is the State Government’s expert body on cultural heritage significance.


The nine-member council makes decisions on which places should be entered into the State Register of Heritage Places and provides advice on the development of heritage sites.


Just this month Barrack Square in Perth city — associated with river travel since 1845 — was finalised in the register. The listing includes the jetties and the Bell Tower.


Ms Lezer, who as SCA WA president sits at the helm of the State’s peak strata industry body, said she was honoured to be joining the Heritage Council.


She has experience renovating in heritage listed buildings.


“I purchased and renovated in two heritage listed buildings in Sydney,” she said.


“One was exterior listed from 1890. One was exterior and interior listed from 1888."


“Both needed special approval to renovate from council.”


Ms Lezer said both of her sets of plans easily made it through the approval processes.


“The key is to be sympathetic to the unique features while not mucking up the fire safety measures and modernising,” she said.


Ms Lezer is also an elected councillor on the City of Perth.