Community group fights for Kurraba Point heritage status

Published:
30/07/2019

 

In the June issue of North Shore Living, we reported that developer Thirdi intended to move forward with its plans to demolish and rebuild 147, 151 and 153 Kurraba Road. 

Since this story was published, Kurraba Point Residents Group has fought against the residential development by petitioning North Sydney Council to apply for an interim heritage order (IHO).

The order would delay construction by up to 12 months for a full heritage assessment of the area to be carried out. 

The group pushed for the order due to comments made by the council’s conservation planner to the Sydney North Planning Panel (SNPP), which suggested the building may meet NSW Heritage Guidelines.

On June 11, a meeting was held between the residents’ group, locals, Thirdi and Council representatives, including Mayor Jilly Gibson, to discuss the potential of an IHO. 

Kurraba Point residents presented a petition of 270 signatures in support of the IHO. 

As a result of the meeting, Mayor Jilly Gibson initially agreed to present a Mayoral Minute at the June Council meeting, requesting an independent heritage report be obtained for two of the buildings. 

Prior to the meeting, however, the mayor pushed back her motion to July. 

Luke Berry, director of sales and marketing at Thirdi, says he understands Council will not progress with the motion before reviewing new reports included as part of the developer’s
soon-to-be submitted DA. 

Extracts from the reports, conducted by independent firms Urbis and Weir Phillips Heritage, state the buildings are in no way eligible for heritage status.

Mr Berry says such findings show the push for heritage status by Kurraba Point Resident Group is unsubstantiated. 

“We need to call it for what it is, which is this group trying to bully the Council and use this as a de facto control to block development,” he says. 

“The simple truth is that our subject site is not an example of inter-war buildings worth preserving and it’s not a valid reason to delay or stop our development,” he concludes.

Author:
Stephanie Aikins

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