HER­ITAGE BITES THE DUST

Kalamunda Reporter - - Opinion - DIANNE ARVINO, Belle­vue Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary

THE Belle­vue Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion and oth­ers have been lob­by­ing for the past 10 months to save one of the few large her­itage build­ings left in Belle­vue from de­mo­li­tion, the Dar­ling Range Ho­tel. Most in the com­mu­nity as­sumed given its his­tory it was her­itage listed, but it is not; some­how it was over­looked over the years.

On the agenda at the last council meet­ing was the City of Swan her­itage re­view, giv­ing the op­por­tu­nity to coun­cil­lors to give lo­cal gov­ern­ment pro­tec­tion to this build­ing af­ter the re­cent ap­proval of yet an­other ser­vice sta­tion on this site and de­mo­li­tion of a por­tion of the build­ing at the third JDAP hear­ing af­ter it was re­jected at two ear­lier hear­ings.

Many sub­mis­sions were made ask­ing that this build­ing be en­tered on the City Her­itage List Level 2, which would have pro­tected it from de­mo­li­tion, but in­stead City staff rec­om­mended Level 3, which recog­nised sig­nif­i­cance but al­lowed full de­mo­li­tion.

This con­tin­ues the long his­tory of City of Swan’s dis­mal treat­ment of lo­cal her­itage build­ings.

A change in at­ti­tude is needed.

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