THE Derwent Valley Council has voted to demolish a historic cottage at the Esplanade in New Norfolk to facilitate the construction of new rowing club facilities.
The New Norfolk Rowing Club submitted an application to the council to build a “sports and recreation facility”, demolish the existing building, and remove trees at the waterfront Esplanade Rd Reserve.
The development site and building to be demolished were formerly known as the Pidgeon’s Tea Gardens Cafe and Hobart Tourists Resort.
The site was dubbed New Norfolk’s greatest garden asset in a 1980 edition of the Derwent Valley Gazette.
“Due to the facility storing rowing boats, there is a demonstrated need for the facility to be located in close proximity to the water,” the July council meeting agenda read.
The Tasmanian Heritage Council consented to the demolition of the historic tea rooms and construction of a clubhouse and carpark on the site.
However, the heritage council recommended the Derwent Valley Council explore options for the “possible retention or relocation of the existing building”.
The Derwent Valley Council voted unanimously in favour of the development and demolition.
A new motion was raised by Cr Frank Pearce calling for the council to urgently seek interested parties to take on and relocate the existing building.
The council voted unani- mously in favour of the additional motion.
Council general manager Greg Winton said he had instructed staff not to issue a demolition permit until he was satisfied the council had worked out the issues of preserving or relocating the house.
The rowing club secured $1.15 million in federal funding for their new headquarters in February this year.
The federal grant was half the estimated cost of relocating the club building with the other half funded by the state Government, local council and club itself.
The relocation was a necessary step to avoid its members having to cross the busy Boyer Rd to the river from the club’s current location and improve safety, said club president Peter Nicholls.
“Young children and older rowers carrying long, skinny rowing boats across a major log truck road is just not really acceptable in the 21st century,” Mr Nicholls said in February.
The agenda showed the council was satisfied the development application met all performance criteria.
The proposed two-storey building will be 9.05m high, 33.6m wide and 29.6m long.
The proposed operating hours for the site will be 6am-8pm Monday to Friday, 6am-12am on Saturday and 6am-8pm on Sundays.