Redlands City Council and Redlands Museum join forces to help restore historic Willard's Farm

Redland City's historic Willard's Farm could get a new lease on life with council and the Redland Museum to join forces to help restore the property for community use.

Councillors supported a request from Redlands mayor Karen Williams at today's monthly meeting, to enter a memorandum of understanding with the museum to celebrate the property's history.

Mayor Karen Williams with the Redland Museum's Tony Spinks and Doug Alexander.

Mayor Karen Williams with the Redland Museum's Tony Spinks and Doug Alexander.

Council and the museum will plan to restore and protect the building in a manner that allowed for community access and celebration of the property's history, the memorandum said.

They will also investigate funding, grants and philanthropic donations to fund the project on Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale.

Council will examine management models for the museum to run the facility after its redevelopment.

Cr Williams said it was important the history of the property, which was one of the oldest surviving farms and residences in the Redlands, was preserved.

"We know this property is rich in history and we know the Redland Museum is best place to help council protect and celebrate that history and today's decision will make that possible," she said.

"Council purchased the Birkdale property in 2016 to protect its heritage values, and today's decision will ensure this heritage is enjoyed by future Redlanders and visitors to our beautiful part of the world.

"Subject to the next budget review, council will provide funds to Redland Museum to complete a feasibility study into the restoration, preservation and ongoing management of Willard's Farm."

Cr Williams said since buying the property, council had been investing funds into works to protect it from further deterioration and make it safe.

"We have been looking at ways to restore this property for some time, including applying for state government funding earlier this year," she said.

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