18.3 C
Byron Shire
January 24, 2022

Council is killing heritage

Latest News

Lismore Council’s Advisory Groups need you

Lismore Mayor Steve Krieg said the Council is seeking passionate locals to participate in the Aboriginal Advisory Group, the Access and Inclusion Advisory Group and the Nimbin Advisory Group.

Other News

Tweed Shire celebrates Australia Day online

Tweed Shire Council says that in the interests of public health Council has rearranged its Australia Day celebrations on Wednesday, January 26.

Over 1,000 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Northern Rivers

There have been 1,099 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD) to 8pm 18...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 19 January, 2022

Welcome back to the Brunswick Picture House Brett and Chris from the Brunswick Picture House, and their entire team, believe...

Editorial: Dear Committee Secretariat

The federal Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts has commenced a new inquiry into Australia’s regional newspapers (print...

Eva Ramsey says she will be her own woman on Ballina Council

One of Ballina's new councillors in B Ward is independent Eva Ramsey, who was elected as part of Sharon Cadwallader's team and is joining council for the first time. So why now, and what does she stand for?

First Byron Shire Council meeting postponed

Byron Shire Council’s first meeting of newly minted councillors was to take place today, 20 January, however, the storm of COVID-19 that is taking place across the country led to it being postponed.

June Grant, Mullumbimby

I am inspired by your article of last week (27 January) to write, with a scintilla of irrepressible hope, about the failure of this Council and its planning department to adequately ensure the standard of the built environment of Mullumbimby in general and, most specifically, the protection of the Mullumbimby Heritage Conservation Area (MHCA).

In reference to the former I suggest interested persons take a stroll down the back lanes of East Mullumbimby and see some of the back block buildings that have been allowed to be built there. The community Heritage Panel meetings are now held only three times a year and community input is becoming less and less effective as, for whatever reason, the system is set up to enable members to be informed of impending DAs (development applications) in the MHCA is failing.

Some DAs have been approved without members being notified of them. One of these is the importation of a ‘Queenslander’ which has been allowed to be raised to maximum height, higher than any of the buildings in the section of Stuart St between Fern and Myokum Street (near the Museum). The address is stated as 11 Fern Street.Homes built in Queensland have zilch place in the MHCA.

Another DA, at the back of a Station Street property, circumvented any scrutiny by simply not declaring it was in the MHCA. Surely all planners should be vigilant enough to check the vicinity of all the properties they are assessing to check that they are not within the MHCA.

Finally, we have another version of potential MHCA degradation with the presentation of DA 10.2020.647.1 at 144 Stuart Street. The Owner/Applicant is a Byron Shire planner. I am informed that its assessment is being outsourced to an ‘independent assessor’, that person being Mike Svikis, a planning consultant in Ocean Shores. I wonder if he has any expertise regarding heritage properties? This DA should be allowed to be discussed at the next Heritage Panel meeting (I am not a member) in March.

The DA is for demolition of the existing simple yet elegant brick house (approx 60 years old) and to import yet another ‘Queenslander’. Apparently this house is built over three titles and from a brief perusal of the DA the ‘Queenslander’ proposed is either small, or is to be placed side on. It is probably safe to assume there are more buildings to come, which begs questions about the incompleteness of the DA. Is this piecemeal approach considered appropriate?

The brick buildings in the MHCA are part of our Mullumbimby story. It won’t be long before they reach a venerable age. Demolition in a conservation area is legislated as the very last option. DAs such as this make it the very easy first option.

The bringing in of another State’s heritage to plant in a conservation area (its removal is considered to be demolition in heritage terms) at best shows ignorance, or disregard, for the primacy of authenticity, and in a less flattering light could be regarded as the theft of another town/city’s heritage.

This DA was lodged over the holidays. Its exhibition period ended in January. However, I’m sure prompt late submissions will be taken into account.

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

A new Mungo needed

A new Mungo is needed to investigate, report and comment, because the major media sure as hell ain’t! When is the Australian Government (via the...

Ballina’s Citizen of the Year announcement to be livestreamed

As COVID 19 continues to make life complicated for people on the Northern Rivers and beyond, Ballina Shire Council has decided to livestream its Australia Day event, including the Citizen of the Year announcement, from 9am on Wednesday.

Validity of a visa

As a 90-year-old, I have travelled many years since I was 18 years of age; to America, the UK and Europe on a ‘visa’,...

Tweed Shire celebrates Australia Day online

Tweed Shire Council says that in the interests of public health Council has rearranged its Australia Day celebrations on Wednesday, January 26.