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Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 19, 2013

The City of Stirling is getting serious about heritage protection with introducing a law that will prevent the so called heritage by neglect where owners of buildings will allow them to fall into disrepair and then claim they can’t be saved and need to be demolished. The new law will allow officers to enter neglected heritage buildings and order repairs for which the owners will have to pay the cost.

I believe the City of Fremantle has been looking at something similar and I hope they will follow Stirling. My preference would be to extend the law also to non-heritage buildings, so the City could force owners to look after badly cared for buildings better. There are some disgraceful examples of owners not giving a damn about our community and streetscapes, and we should not have to put up with that. Demolition by neglect is blackmail, so let’s make it illegal.

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  1. John Dowson said, on August 21, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    HI Roel,

    Your post draws attention to an important issue. But, the Council needs to set the example.

    I did the attached report for FICRA and FICRA will use the report to encourage a more rapid restoration/maintenance program for the economic attractors that many heritage assets are.


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  2. Margaret O' Neill said, on August 19, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    I’d like to see it apply to government departments too.


  3. Suzanne said, on August 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    So right Roel.
    For years the community has begged the Freo Council to stop seeking to build high rise buildings as monuments to themselves and to work on maintaining, repairing the buildings in their care. Plus, so often the question has been posed, when will something be done about forcing irresponsible owners to care for their dilapidated properties?
    Pull owners into line, who allow their buildings to deteriorate, and yet still charge big rental dollars.
    Dont be embarrassed about following Stirlings initiative Freo Council, your ratepayers and
    residents are fully aware of your limitations and will be happy to support you taking up the great ideas/initiatives of other enlightened Councils.


  4. Andrew Sullivan said, on August 19, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    City of Fremantle has signed off implementing the same laws and we’re just waiting final approval to implement them.


  5. Julie Matheson said, on August 19, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Reblogged this on Local Govt. and Subiaco and commented:
    Agree that this policy should apply to non-listed buildings. Listed buildings are just a token of what is really the heritage of a place in place making.


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