Historic Coast cottage survives demolition threat

The Gatehouse Cottage in Wharf Street is soon to be relocated to Tea Tree Park.
The Gatehouse Cottage in Wharf Street is soon to be relocated to Tea Tree Park. Contributed

AN HISTORIC Coast cottage will be saved from demolition after Sunshine Coast Council agreed to move it to a new home.

Yandina resident Melinda Jones offered the Gatehouse Cottage to the council for free if it paid for it to be removed from her rail line property.

Ms Jones appreciated the historical value of the cottage, thought to have been built in the 1890s, but said she wanted to build a modern home where it stood.

Cr Greg Rogerson took the proposal to the council in May.

A commitment to moving the cottage was reached in the confidential session of this month's council meeting.

Yandina and District Community Association secretary Peter Baulch said the cottage was the second oldest building on the Coast.

"We are thrilled and greatly relieved," Mr Baulch said.

"A year ago my sister had spotted it on Facebook - the woman who owns it was trying to get rid of it but she knew it was historical and didn't want it to be demolished.

"So I contacted the historical society who held a meeting and then called on council to save it and move it.

"They wanted to save the building but were a bit wary of taking on the burden."

Cr Rogerson has committed $50,000 of his discretionary funds towards the removal and Mayor Mark Jamieson has committed $25,000.

Cr Rogerson said he was "pretty ecstatic" with the achievement.

He conceded historical purists would argue a lot of the building's heritage value would be relinquished as soon as it was moved from its original site.

But he said the outcome was far better than demolition.

The cottage will be moved to Tea Tree Park, adjacent to the Yandina Historic House art gallery and tea rooms.

"In putting it in the heritage precinct... it will add to that as an experience for the tourists," Cr Rogerson said.

He thanked Cr Jamieson for his support.

A council spokesman said it had not yet determined when the cottage would be relocated.

"Council will start this process in early 2018 - starting with detailing the scope of works, obtaining the required permits and procuring the required services," the spokesman said.

"This process will involve council officers and the property owner."

He said the council contacted Ms Jones on Monday to discuss the process and time frame.

"Council will engage with community groups to identify opportunities to restore, own and occupy the building.

"Following this, the funding of ongoing maintenance and repair will be determined."

Topics:  cottage demolition greg rogerson heritage historical mark jamieson sunshine coast sunshine coast council yandina

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