HERITAGE BITES THE DUST
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.