PALMWOODS is again under threat of losing one of its most distinguished heritage buildings, according to a group of local residents.
Members of the Palmwoods Action Group, which was formed in January 2013 to stop the removal of old heritage buildings and retain the town's character, are urging the community to object to the removal and relocation of the old bank manager's house from where it's stood for the past 99 years.
PAG spokesman Glenn Wilson said the group was hoping to fill the town hall at a public meeting next Wednesday and are also asking people to fill in submissions to council to reject the application to relocate the house on to a farm on the outskirts of Palmwoods.
"The recent removal and relocation notice nailed to the fence at 36 Main Street reads like an epitaph inscription on a tombstone," Mr Wilson said.
"The bank and bank manager's house was built in 1915 and is one of so few buildings like this remaining, especially in such excellent condition."
Lyndall Brady, who played in the bank manager's house and yard as a child in the 1950s and '60s said while the bank was open for business, the house was where the manager would entertain clients and deals would be made with a handshake prior to the signing of contracts in the small office of the adjacent ES&A Bank.
"All this history should be retained for future generations to understand how small towns developed," Mrs Brady said.
Mr Wilson said the Sunshine Coast Council has had years to get the protection of heritage places together but had never done anything.
"They have had it as a draft in the Maroochy plan and in their corporate plan to develop a heritage policy but it has never been a priority for council," he said.
"The point of heritage listing is these old buildings are accessible to the public – these are heritage listing requirements – so moving it to a farm 4km out of town is too isolated, especially for visitors who come to towns such as these to see the old heritage sites."
Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society's Darcelle Hegarty said heritage tourism offered many opportunities and businesses know these old buildings bring visitors to towns.
Community response to the latest Palmwoods Place Making survey overwhelmingly showed that people identify to Palmwoods as a country town.
Objections to the relocation proposal are open until 28 November. All are welcome to attend a public meeting Wednesday 19 November at the town hall from 7 pm. Heritage consultant Meredith Walker AM will be one of the guest speakers.
Palmwoods Town Hall Public Meeting
Palmwoods Town Hall, Palmwoods
Wednesday 19th of November 2014
Palmwoods Town Hall, Palmwoods
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