Cot­tage de­mo­li­tion

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - PA­TRICK GEE

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.

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