HERITAGE  EVERYONE WISHES TO PRESERVE IT BUT WHO PAYS      

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Photo is the fabulous Glendalough on the Rosewood Roundabout.

I recently wrote four Columns in the MBNews  – my thoughts on this issue.

HERITAGE:   Everyone wishes to preserve it –  but who pays?

Ipswich City Councils Heritage Register has over 7500 Character listings including hundreds of noted Places of interest.  From the Magnificent St Brigid’s – Church proclaimed to be the 2nd largest Church in the southern hemisphere –  to the Silos on Stevens Rd Ashwell.  From the Fabulous St Marys Church in Ipswich Central  to the main street facades of many of the 1900’s buildings in John St Rosewood.  Of those 7500 which include individual places and character zones/areas places of interest, some  870 are in the rural Townships and 160 in the rural areas.

 

Everyone wants to preserve and maintain our precious heritage and past.  But the big question – WHO SHOULD PAY????  I can recall the Conservation/Green Levy Debates of the late 1990s. Society was demanding the protection of Conservation Lands from all levels of Government.  But who should pay?  Ipswich City Council alongside many councils in Queensland introduced a GREEN LEVY.  Ipswich has some 16,600 acres of conservation land and the levy raises  over $3Mill per annum to mange those lands.  The Environmental Levy was introduced in 1996.  Heritage Buildings are owner by Private landowners, businesses, community groups and of course the three levels of government.

Owners of Heritage/Character Listed Buildings and Places have a responsibility under the act to look after their buildings.  Trouble is whether you are a business or a private landowner or a pensioner you can only afford to spend on the building what you can afford to spend.  Governments fund their Heritage commitment out of taxes and rates. (FROM US)   More next week     

 

HERITAGE:   Everyone wishes to preserve it –  but who pays? Part 2

Everyone agrees we need to protect and conserve our precious History and Heritage.  The argument still persists though, who actually should pay, and how much does that entail.  The same argument occurred 20 years ago with our Conservation Areas, and now our 70,000 rates notices are tagged with a Green Levy of $11 every quarter. 

There is a slight difference with Heritage/Character Listed buildings however.  Owners of Heritage/Character Listed Buildings and Places have a responsibility under the act to look after their buildings.  Trouble is whether you are a business or a private landowner or a pensioner you can only afford to spend on the building what you can afford to spend.  Governments fund their Heritage commitment out of our taxes and rates.  This I have previously stated.  A Heritage Levy has been suggested by some but I feel it would not be endorsed by Council. The cries of “we pay enough rates now”,  I can hear clearly screaming from you all.  So what do we do ???  I have pensioners and elderly low income people who are in this Heritage bind.  Owning an old Heritage dwelling or building can be a “money pit”.   Ask someone who owns one.

We actually have a few situations in Rosewood right now where this dilemma is causing angst for landowners.  A Photo Story on the magnificent Glendalough – a Federation style house built some 110 years ago was in the MBNews 2 weeks ago. The mansion has had six owners and sits majestically at the Rosewood Roundabout.   Next time you drive past take a close look at the fence which is also Heritage Listed I am advised.   MORE NEXT WEEK 

 

HERITAGE:   Everyone wishes to preserve it –  but who pays? Part 3

In the scheme of things, very little financial assistance is given to private and business owners of Heritage/Character Listed Buildings.   Whilst all levels of Government fund Heritage out of Taxes and Rates, and Community Not For Profits can apply for Grants etc;  private and business owners are basically left to fend for themselves.  As I have said time and time again one can only afford to fund what one can afford to fund.  Whether you be a Pensioner, or Mum or Dad working family or a well paid professional.  So the bottom line for many Landowners  who own Heritage/Character  Buildings  it’s a struggle – or as many would say a “money pit”.

An organisation has been formed in Ipswich called the IPSWICH HERITAGE CLUB.  The Club aims to support and represent the owners of Ipswich Heritage properties. The Club seeks to promote Ipswich and its wealth of Heritage and aims to reinstate Ipswich as the Heritage City. The Ipswich Heritage Club was founded in 2017 by June Frank of Walkers Real Estate and James Sturgess of Llewellyn Motors. June and James are both proud citizens of Ipswich and for over 30 years have supported the Ipswich Community through various initiatives. June and James saw a need for an organisation to bring together and support the owners of Ipswich Heritage and character listed properties.

I have been regularly attending their meetings as a guest and listening to the various presentations and thoughts and comments from landowners.  A recent meeting was held at Historic Garowie House in Whitehill Road Ipswich.  This grand building is known to all.  A previous meeting was also held at the Marburg Hotel courtesy of the Bowden  Family.   MORE NEXT WEEK 

 

HERITAGE:   Everyone wishes to preserve it –  but who pays? Part 4

Ipswich City Councils Heritage Register has over 7500 Character listings including hundreds of noted Places of interest.  Everyone agrees we need to protect and conserve our precious History and Heritage. In the scheme of things, very little financial assistance is given to private and business owners of Heritage/Character Listed Buildings.  An organisation has been formed in Ipswich called the IPSWICH HERITAGE CLUB.  The Club aims to support and represent the owners of Ipswich Heritage properties.  

A driving force behind the club is to provide reliable resources to heritage property owners. This is an integral element to owning a heritage property. There has not been a comprehensive study on the Heritage Property of Ipswich since 1991, despite the fact that these properties have continued to evolve with new owners. With the assistance of Ipswich City Council, the Club will assist owners to source the history of their property and publish this information online for the community and future generations. The Club will also provide a database of qualified and vetted tradespeople and suppliers to assist members in the restoration and renovation of their properties.

The Ipswich Heritage Club will host 10 nights throughout the year to acknowledge and reward homeowners on their journey of restoration or maintenance, however humble. Our meetings will encompass promoting local businesses, sharing stories, providing information, member’s only swap meets…very much a community of support and resources. We are a non-governed body, which allows us to speak freely and rally local, state or federal government when needed.  Membership is $150 per person for 12 months from month of joining. The monthly meets will be catered and included in your membership. For non-members there will be a cover charge to attend.  

 

Enquiries PH: (07) 3202 4999 

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