Casino PO gets a heritage listing
THE future of Casino's 132-year-old post office has been secured following its inclusion on the Commonwealth Heritage List this week.
Page MP Janelle Saffin welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Sustainability Tony Burke on Tuesday, saying it would ensure the protection of the historic building.
"From when it was built in 1879, the post office has played a central role in the development of communication services in Casino and the broader Upper Richmond River district," Ms Saffin said.
"It is an uncommon and distinctive building and architecturally it is a fine example of hybrid Victorian Italianate and Colonial Regency Revival styles.
"When I spoke to people in the streets of Casino about the new listing they were very pleased with the news and rightly proud of their town's historic streetscape."
Ms Saffin said Casino's CBD already boasted one of the best collections of art deco buildings in Australia and the addition of the post office to the heritage listing would add to Casino's reputation as a town of significant heritage value.
"There is great potential for these local heritage sites to become more of a tourism draw card," she said.
Casino Post Office is one of 43 post offices now protected Australia-wide.
Mr Burke said the heritage listing recognised the important role post offices and the postal service played in the development of towns and communities throughout Australia.
"The local post office has often been the heart of towns and communities, it reflects the history and stories of a region," Mr Burke said.
Other post offices included on the list were: Orange, Yass, Inverell, Narrabri, Mudgee, Wellington, Albury, Temora, Broken Hill, Armidale, Glen Innes, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Tamworth, Kiama, Macksville and Kempsey.
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