L Jenkins, Byron Bay
Nicole Habrecht should receive free paint and brushes and a pat on the back from Council for maintaining her house in a heritage precinct. She has chosen to interpret her house according to the most interesting historical era in this region, and that was the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s, when colour was embraced and alternative values reigned. She does not need to interpret her house according to the period in which it was built.
I only wish the Community Centre in Byron Bay had chosen to do the same thing, instead of applying a heritage colour palette that is more relevant to its pioneering past.
Without a local heritage register Council just tinkers with heritage, responding to complaints from disgruntled neighbours when colour is the most reversible of all changes to a heritage building. They should be more concerned about the total removal of heritage homes and their replacement with faux heritage, as recently happened in Kingsley Street, and poor adaptive reuse/redevelopment which destroys so much that is interesting about our built environment.