Masonic building will be protected

THE potential upcoming sale of the Masonic Building in Bangalow has had many locals worried about the historic hall's fate, but Byron Shire Council is spreading the news that the structure is indeed protected.

Local residents have expressed mounting concern that the building may be demolished or otherwise changed as it is not officially listed as a Heritage building.

However, acting general manager of Byron Shire Council, Ray Darney, has assured the concerned residents that all buildings within the Bangalow heritage precinct are in fact protected under the provision of clause 18 of the Byron Local Environment Plan of 1988.

This piece of information means, in a nutshell, that a person cannot demolish, renovate or extend a building without development approval from the council.

A sigh of relief can be heard from the Bangalow and Byron locals, pleased that if a new owner of the historic building does have the desire to redevelop the structure, they will have to go through the appropriate channels of submission and approval.



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