Chimneys heritage investigated

A SMELTER’S heritage potential will be investigated by Gympie council after a report revealed the Black Snake area was home to a number of the copper processing chimneys.

Strategic planning officer Rick Halse said on Wednesday a town was born around the smelter industry in the area before it later moved to Kilkivan.

But Cr Larry Friske was not sure whether the Mt Coora Smelter should be included on the local heritage register, because it was located on private property.

Mr Halse said the report would help determine the significance of the site, but Cr Friske said if it were to be placed on the register it would need to be given public access.

“There’s going to be thousands of people wanting to see it and they’re not going to care that it’s on private property,” he said.

Planning and development chairman Ian Petersen said the research would look into the chance of opening the site to the public and did not guarantee that it would be placed on the register. There is a smelter at Mt Clara, which is on the Queensland Heritage Register and is also on private land.

Gympie Times


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