Thursday, June 20, 2024

New operator for historic WA homestead

WA’s Shire of Murray Council has today announced Groundswell as the new operator of the 130-year-old Edenvale Homestead after a competitive expression of interest process.  

Council President, David Bolt said the Shire was impressed with Groundswell’s plan for the  Tea Rooms, with a focus on local produce and their business success in the Peel region. 

“The Edenvale Heritage Precinct is an iconic and multi-award-winning venue for Pinjarra – a cultural  landmark renowned for its rich history, arts, events and striking built landscape,” said President Bolt. 

“Council was pleased to see that the Groundswell team shares the same values for Edenvale. To create a fantastic local destination venue, all while maintaining the rich history and heritage of the location.”  

“We are thrilled to see what’s to come for the next chapter of Edenvale,” he said.  

The homestead, nestled within the precinct is highly valued by locals and well-frequented by visitors from the metropolitan and south-west. Others who call the bustling precinct home include the  vintage machinery museum, art gallery, art and craft shop, art school, quilters shop and the area’s historical society. 

Originally built by Edward McLarty in the 1880s, the homestead is home to a range of historic and culturally significant buildings. The Precinct is a remnant of a nineteenth-century rural  village retaining its character of heritage architecture, homestead gardens, timber fences and barns. It was once home to Sir Duncan Ross McLarty who was Western Australia Premier from 1947 to 1953.  

Groundswell Operator, Lynne Gould said she can’t wait to bring classic Australian with a fine dining twist to Pinjarra.  

“From brunches, to high teas and casual dining, we will have something for everyone at Edenvale. We will also be hosting ticketed events for the community to enjoy this space,” she said. 

“With a large focus on using local produce, we aim to reflect the story of Edenvale throughout our menu. We look forward to reigniting the Precinct with a strong sense of community and local pride.” 

This will be the third Groundswell Café in the Peel region. The first Groundswell café opened in Mandurah in 2018 as the flagship store for their coffee roastery Frothin’ Coffee. The second opened in 2023 at the Food Innovation Precinct Western Australia in Stake Hill.  

The historic Edenvale Homestead is set to re-open in February.

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