PETITION: A development application has been lodged with Richmond Valley Council to demolish the heritage-listed former Gray’s Garage building in Walker St, Casino. The building’s pressed metal facade is clearly visible.
PETITION: A development application has been lodged with Richmond Valley Council to demolish the heritage-listed former Gray’s Garage building in Walker St, Casino. The building’s pressed metal facade is clearly visible. Janelle Mclennan

Last chance for heritage shop

A CASINO woman has mounted a community petition in a bid to prevent the demolition of the heritage-listed former Gray's Garage building in Walker St, Casino.

Glynnes Courte, who used to run a second-hand business in the two-storey timber building, has left petitions at several business houses around Casino and at the Casino Library and is calling on everyone in the community who values the town's built past to sign it.

Newton Denny Chappelle has sought approval from Richmond Valley Council to demolish the building, citing structural damage caused by termites as the reason for wanting to tear down the former garage.

The application is currently on display for public comment. It's understood the Casino RSM Club, which is contracted to buy the site, wants to redevelop it for an "undetermined" project.

The building was identified in the council's 2007 heritage study and then listed on the council's local environmental plan as a heritage item.

The building's architectural merits were factors in its heritage listing, as the pressed metal facade gives an appearance of it being brick.

Ms Courte, who unsuccessfully tried to buy the building herself, rejected any suggestion her campaign was based on "sour grapes".

"It's definitely not sour grapes - I've bought another building," she said.

"It's simply that this is a magnificent building which I believe should be saved. There is a lot of termite damage in the building, I found most of it, but nothing that can't be fixed."

The council has extended the closing date for public submissions on the demolition application by one week to April 12.

If you want to sign the petition, copies are available at the Casino library at Graham Place, and Kibbles bakery at Walker Street.



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