Verdict delivered on Ballina courthouse
Ballina residents who don’t want their house or commercial building listed in the study no longer have to worry.
During council’s last meeting for 2008 councillors decided to only include privately-owned buildings whose owners wanted them listed.
The relief was very clear in the Council Chambers because some residents present were worried if their homes were listed in the study they would lose market value.
Ballina resident Rodney Gates addressed council on the issue of the study.
He said shop facades in River Street mentioned in the study were unrecognisable from their original facades and would take millions of dollars to restore.
Mr Gates said he was concerned the listing of commercial premises in Ballina’s CBD would restrict opportunities to redevelop the town centre.
Ballina Mayor Phil Silver said council had also decided to include properties listed in the study completed two decades ago, as well as properties owned by the council deemed to have heritage value.
Ballina Shire Council general manager Paul Hickey said precincts within the Ballina Shire were not included in the study.
He said the council undertook the new study because the previous study was 20 years old.
“We are also in the process of creating a new Local Environment Plan for the Ballina Shire and we needed an up-to-date Heritage Study,” he said.
“There has been a significant amount of staff time put into the document but it is up to the council to allocate their resources the best way it sees fit.”
Completed in 1988, the post office was built on its present location at the corner of River and Martin streets to be close to the ships docking in the Richmond River, and in response to allegations that previous post masters had been accused of interfering with mail.