The former Salvation Army citadel on Caledonian Hill.
The former Salvation Army citadel on Caledonian Hill. Renee Pilcher

Lifting building's heritage cloak

THE old Salvation Army citadel on Caledonian Hill may be removed from the Gympie local heritage register because of objections from its owners.

The 73-year-old building, which went on the register in 2003 in spite of the owners' objections, houses an antique store called Daze Gone By.

Its local heritage listing was then included in the 2005 Cooloola Shire planning scheme.

Local heritage registers identify places of heritage significance to local communities.

There are thousands of places of local significance throughout Queensland but only a small proportion also has wider significance for the region or state.

Under the provisions of the Queensland Heritage Act 1992, each local government must keep and manage a local heritage register, or have a heritage overlay in its planning scheme.

Confusion over the implications of being on the local register, as opposed to the state heritage list, often motivates property owners to object to being included.

Gympie Regional Council staff said the owners of the Salvation Army citadel were afraid its inclusion on the register would affect the sale of the property, but there was no evidence to support this.

They said being on the local heritage register was nothing like being state heritage listed, which carried a much larger onus on the owner of the property.

"The owner of the (locally registered) building is still at liberty to make alterations etcetera provided they don't change the character of the building," Cr Ian Petersen said.

"The only restriction is it can't be bulldozed and a block of units put on it," he said.

The owners have been advised to lodge a formal objection during the public notification stage of the new Gympie region planning scheme.

The owners were contacted yesterday but declined to comment.

Gympie Times


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