The interior of a building being demolished at Tim Freedman’s property in the Pavilions Estate at Broken Head.
The interior of a building being demolished at Tim Freedman’s property in the Pavilions Estate at Broken Head. Contributed

The walls come tumbling down

SOME rapid demolition work at the Pavilions Estate property of rock musician Tim Freedman has added a new dimension to the star's wrangle with neighbours over the proper use of the posh investment properties at Broken Head.

Demolition men began to tear down a building within Mr Freedman's property on Tuesday.

Mr Freedman, who was at the site yesterday, said the building was "a shed where I used to play my piano".

Now he had completed his latest album, he no longer needed the structure, Mr Freedman said, and "there will be no sign of it in a few days".

The building was on his easement, Mr Freedman said, but "regardless of that, I shouldn't have built it".

He had moved his piano back into the house, he said.

Mr Freedman is at loggerheads with some of his fellow owners and other neighbours about his use of the property as a venue for wedding parties and other celebrations.

He has a development application being considered by the council to hold 18 such events a year.

Neighbours have complained to the council about parties at this and another site within the complex, saying they are excessively noisy, destructive to the environment and an unreasonable interpretation of the T2 tourist zoning.

Mr Freedman showed The Northern Star around the property yesterday, saying it was "a big joint" that could fit far more people than attended the parties held there.

"I'm not packing them in," he said.

He asked how one party every three weeks in a T2 zone could be a problem, adding there had been no complaints made to the Holiday Letting Organisation.

Regarding the building being demolished, another Pavilions owner said he had seen it as work was finishing a year ago.

"It was furnished with a large bed, bedside furniture, a small hi-fi and it had an ensuite bathroom.

"It was built to the exact same standards as the other rooms and on neighbouring land in an asset protection zone."

Council did not receive a complaint about the building and was unaware of the demolition work.

 

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