Home owner ‘desperate’ for help
At one stage, a councillor came around and looked at it and he said it should be condemned — and that’s going back 20 years
PENSIONER Peggy Eiszele is desperate for the Derwent Valley Council’s request to remove a building on her property from its heritage list to be approved.
Late last month, the council voted in favour of a motion to request the Minister for Planning consider removing the dwelling at No. 16 of 12-16 George St from the council’s heritage list.
The motion included that council would bear the costs associated with an amendment to the planning scheme, which would be required.
Mrs Eiszele has lived at her George St property for almost 57 years, but says it’s time to move somewhere safer and more suitable.
Her small and ageing home at No. 12 George St has a steep, narrow staircase to her bedroom and her bathroom and toilet are in a shed in the backyard.
“I’m getting to old to go up and down stairs and I would like to have something with a toilet and bathroom inside,” Mrs Eiszele said.
“I’ve had a couple of falls down the stairs and my back is completely worn out.”
Mrs Eiszele said the rundown cottage on her property is preventing her from selling up and moving.
Mrs Eiszele and her brother Kevin Wilton believe the derelict building is beyond repair and are frustrated and confused at how the building came to be listed on council’s heritage list.
Property 12-16 is registered with Heritage Tasmania, however, the conjoined dwelling at 12-14 is the only building that is registered and has been assessed.
“We’re trying to get this off [the heritage list] so whoever buys it can demolish it and have access to the back yard,” Mr Wilton said.
Heritage Tasmania director Pete Smith said 16 George St had been nominated for entry years ago, but the nomination was withdrawn.
“An assessment of the heritage significance of the site has not been completed,” he said.
Mrs Eiszele said she didn’t know building 16 on her property had been heritage listed through the council until she tried to sell it.
“At one stage, a councillor came around and looked at it and he said it should be condemned — and that’s going back 20 years,” she said.
“Yet nobody from the council has even come to look at it [since].”
Derwent Valley Deputy Mayor Ben Shaw raised the motion for the council to request the building be removed from its heritage list in the June council meeting.
Cr Shaw said Mrs Eiszele had contacted him for help because they could not get a reasonable response from council’s planning department.
“Council officers are seeking quotations from suitably qualified heritage experts to prepare an assessment on the local heritage value of the property concerned,” a council spokesperson said.