Royal move

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

SOME­TIMES de­vel­op­ers can be per­suaded not to knock down her­itage build­ings.

When they’re al­lowed to load them onto a truck and drive them into the bush, for in­stance.

The owner of the Royal Ho­tel in Moss­man have been granted per­mis­sion by Cairns Re­gional House to re­lo­cate the her­itage-listed Jensen House, cur­rently lo­cated next to the Royal at 17 Front St, to a block at Syn­di­cate Road, Miallo.

This would al­low owner Rick Wil­liamson In­vest­ments Pty Ltd to re­de­velop the en­tire site, in­clud­ing a large part of the Royal Ho­tel, into a 1690m2 shop­ping com­plex.

A large part of the Royal Ho­tel would be in­cor­po­rated into the rede­vel­op­ment.

In Septem­ber last year, coun­cil re­jected an ap­pli­ca­tion by the owner to de­mol­ish the Royal Ho­tel be­cause it had been iden­ti­fied by the Na­tional Trust of Queens­land as be­ing of “cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance”.

Both build­ings have ne­glected and coun­cil con­sid­ered the pro­posal as be­ing the best way to save both her­itage-listed build­ings.

Jensen’s House was built in the 1930 by the thenowner of the Royal, who iron­i­cally shifted the ho­tel into Front St from Tre­size Rd at the same time.

On the move: the Royal Ho­tel

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