Council to decide buildings' fate
HISTORICAL property in Kyogle that oozes heritage value will be left exposed to the forces of development if Kyogle Council votes to leave the properties out if its Local Environment Plan (LEP).
One such property is the old stationmaster's timber cottage on the Kyogle rail line that has original architecture and history dating back 100 years.
Councillors will vote at the council meeting today on a recommendation that the LEP be amended to include six items, including the stationmaster's residence, that are deemed to have heritage value.
Kyogle Council's current voluntary policy on heritage listings means owners of property with heritage value are required to ask council to be included on a proposed heritage list, which many are reluctant to do.
Heritage officer Jane Gardiner was employed by the council for a year to investigate the heritage value of properties in the area.
“I believe Kyogle has a rich heritage, from the stationmaster's house to various private properties,” she said.
“But council seems reluctant to recognise the heritage valuesunless the owners write to council.
“If heritage items are not on the list, the item can go and this worries me, as there are items they can demolish and the people of Kyogle can do nothing about it.
“Kyogle's railway is very interesting and the stationmaster's cottage is just one of a number of properties that tell that story.”
The absence of heritage protections brought the council under fire two years ago after a row of Art Deco shops in the Kyogle CBD was demolished to make way for a new supermarket.
Kyogle mayor Ross Brown said that despite the heritage itemsbeing excluded from the LEP, council would reassess their value in the future.