Art deco rescue bid

KYOGLE residents have created a website and online petition against the demolition of Art Deco buildings in the town's main street.

Kyogle Council last month approved the demolition of the circa 1930 buildings to make way for a new Ritchies IGA supermarket.

Barkers Vale resident Robert Wirth has signed the online petition and urged others to do the same.

“Kyogle Council is not working in the interests of the community,” he said.

“We are the ratepayers, we are the community, we are people that value heritage! I have found those who support the demolition are either ill-informed or motivated by greed - and greed is an ugly thing!”

A 1996 council study described the buildings as 'the best examples of Art Deco style in Kyogle'.

However, the document was never forwarded to the State Heritage Branch, so the buildings had no legislative protection when Gold Coast-based developer AusDevelopments lodged a development application for the new supermarket in March.

AusDevelopments have defended their plans to demolish the buildings, saying the structures were structurally unsound.

The website and petition can be viewed at http://savekyogleheritage.wetpaint.com.



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