Brighter And some

Heritage laws in the spotlight

by Kate Watt, Marketing Manager 19 February 2016

Demolition plans for several historic Brisbane homes have sparked recent public interest in heritage laws.

Protestors have rallied around three properties in Highgate Hill which fell through a legal loophole allowing a developer to seek approval to construct a five-storey unit block in their place.

While developer Sunland started demolition of St Lucia’s Pink Palace to make way for a luxury residential precinct.

Built in 1989, the mansion was not heritage listed but had a colourful history to rival its salmon hue. It reportedly hosted Elton John, Cher and Bruce Springsteen in its heyday, and sadly two previous owners met with untimely deaths.

So what is heritage listed and what is not? It seems a question even Brisbane City councillors sometimes grapple with.

But if you want to check out a property’s heritage status, here are a few places to start.

Want to carry out improvements and maintenance on a heritage property? Check out the Department of Environment and Heritage Guide on Developing Heritage Places.

The important thing is to know your heritage status before you begin work.

Got questions about the development potential of your property? Contact us for a chat.

Highgate Hill pre-1911 home

Community protest to save houses at Jones St, Highgate Hill, from demolition.

St Lucia’s Pink Palace

The Pink Palace, which was once one of St Lucia’s most extravagant homes.

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