A Courier Mail article said that the owners bought the already heritage listed house in Hamilton for $6.4 million in 2006. They removed foundations and walls and enlarged a wine cellar without the necessary approval. The fine was the highest ever imposed for such an offence.
The Heritage Register describes Lochiel as "a rare, intact and fine example of a suburban estate; its evolution over several stages (the earliest believed to date from the 1860s) well illustrating the development of Brisbane..."
|Lochiel image from here|
Read the full article here if you'd like. But it is actually the 127 comments attached to the online article which are more interesting.
|Old real estate listing of Lochiel. Image from here|
There was an attitude that the laws were draconian, government should butt out since they don't own the property and some even suggested the owners torch the home as revenge against the fine!!
Whoa! It is pretty depressing to think how little some people value heritage.
And I understand people don't like to be told what to do on their own property. I wouldn't like to be told how to renovate our old bathroom either.
However, I did not purchase a heritage listed property which places restraints on what you can do to the property. I did not take on the responsibility of a heritage listed home and what that entails. Click here to find out what owning a heritage property in Queensland means.
There were also comments that said if the external facade is preserved, then the owners should be able to do what they like inside. No one will be able to see it anyway.
Other comments also highlighted the hypocrisy and poor track record of successive State Governments when it came to protecting heritage listed places.
|Yungaba image from here|
|Regent Theatre image from here.|
So, what do you think about heritage places? Do you think it is fair to be fined for renovating an heritage listed property? Is it really government being draconian? Or are Queenslanders a bunch of rednecks (I can say this, because I'm born and bred in Queensland), who just don't get what heritage means?