Banners ‘affect Palace’
ISIS District Residents and Ratepayers Association president John van Barneveld has taken concerns about the Palace Hotel to the State Government.
The association is concerned the heritage value of the building is diminished by two large banners hanging on the upper veranda.
In a letter to Environment and Heritage Protection Minister Steven Miles, Mr van Barneveld wrote about the “unsightly banners” and how they affected the building’s heritage value.
Mr van Barneveld said he wrote to Bundaberg Regional Council about the matter, which replied that it had a “general exemption certificate” from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection that determined the building’s aesthetic was not compromised.
“It makes everything look so tacky,” Mr van Barneveld said.
Mr van Barneveld believed the trouble stemmed from the information centre’s location, and said Childers should follow other regions.
“They usually have them in a separate building on the outskirts of town,” he said.
“It would be better if it went somewhere like that or near Woolworths where it’s a lot more open.”
More next week.