Sundial plan

Yandina News – Gatekeepers Cottage, Streetscaping, Sundial & Caboolture Creek Bridge

YADCA End-of-Year Meeting 4 December 2017 Report

It was not so much what happened at the meeting as something a few days afterwards that underscored the effectiveness of YADCA as an advocate for the Yandina community.

For much of this year a recurring agenda item at YADCA’s monthly meetings has been the fate of a cottage once lived in by the gatekeeper who operated the level crossing where Wharf Street used to cross the original North Coast railway line.

Gatekeepers Cottage

Gatehouse Cottage, on Wharf St at Yandina, dates back to about 1891.

Gatekeepers Cottage, Yandina.

Built in 1891 under a government contract when the line from Brisbane to Gympie was under construction, it is one of the oldest remaining residences on the Sunshine Coast. The owner wishes to redevelop the site where the cottage currently stands but was loath to have it demolished because of its heritage value. The case was taken up by YADCA members who have for many years been lobbying for the recognition and protection of the few remaining heritage buildings in the Yandina area.

YADCA secretary Peter Baulch prepared a submission to the Cultural Heritage Services office of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council and Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson was inspired to negotiate Council’s acquisition of the cottage and rewarded by the owner gifting it, subject to its removal. Peter briefed the Mayor and all of the Councillors on the case for funding its removal and preservation and, in a heartfelt letter to Cr Rogerson, YADCA member and Chamber of Commerce president David Tidey made a telling point: “It is often seen as important to protect the large impressive homes of the wealthy but there is also a responsibility on us as a community to protect the working history of our region“.

YADCA members were thrilled to learn that at the last Council meeting of the year on 7 December, Councillor Rogerson and Mayor Jamieson provided discretionary funding to move the cottage to a site in Tea Tree Park adjacent to the Yandina Historic House art gallery and tea rooms and re-establish it there on new stumps.

Streetscaping

Another topic that has preoccupied YADCA this year has been streetscaping in the Yandina CBD and Cr Rogerson brought to the meeting the plans that the Council has drawn up after the two rounds of consultation with the local community.

Cr Rogerson reported that Council officers are now discussing the final details with interested parties and work should begin sometime after March 2018.   It will by then be more than a decade since YADCA first began negotiating with the Council to change the Yandina CBD streetscape from having the streamlined appearance of an apologetic highway choke point to that of a welcoming village high street, but the fact that this work will finally be done is another testament to the tenacity of YADCA as a community advocate.

Sundial

Yandina Sundial

Proposed Yandina Sundial.

Further encouraging news on the Yandina Sundial that is expected to attract many visitors to the town was delivered by Philip Richards.

Philip presented plans which showed clearly what an impressive feature this will be and was able to report that generous support offered by local businesses has brought the cost of construction down to a level at which the project is looking viable.

Caboolture Creek Bridge

At the recent State Election the LNP’s Dan Purdie became the inaugural MP for the new seat of Ninderry and YADCA will be looking to him to deliver on his promise to replace the one-lane bridge over Caboolture Creek on the Yandina-Bli Bli Road that has been a high-order priority of YADCA’s for several years.

YADCA will brief our new Member on the story so far so that he has a running start.

Next YADCA Meeting: Monday 5 February 2018, 7.30PM at the RSL Hall, North Street, Yandina.

Everybody welcome! If you are interested in making Yandina better please come and share your ideas with us and Division 10 Cr Greg Rogerson.

For further information contact President Marie Reeve 0487 467 270

Find out about YADCA’s Aims and Membership here »

YANDINA VILLAGE STREETSCAPE – DRAFT CONCEPT PLANS

Yandina Village Streetscape – Draft Concept Plans

Dear Community Member,

Please find here [PDF 1.2MB] the draft streetscape concept proposals that were presented at the Community Feedback Drop In Session held last Thursday 31 August 2017.

Overall, there was good support for the concepts proposed from the majority of community members in attendance, and all feedback received will be considered further in finalising the design. Currently, we acknowledge that the main area for further consideration is around the BP Garage on Farrell Street.

Should anyone wish to make further comment and was not able to attend, we would be grateful to receive comments via this email mailbox [PlaceMaking@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au] up until 5pm, Monday 11th September 2017.

After the feedback period has completed, we will finalise the design and inform every one of the outcome to enable us to move forward with the streetscape approval processes with TMR (Department of Transport & Main Roads).

Our intent is to construct this project in the first half of 2018, subject to no delays in the community engagement and approval processes.

Kind regards
Sunshine Coast Council’s Place Making Team

5 September 2017

W: www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Gatehouse Cottage, on Wharf St at Yandina, dates back to about 1891.

Renovation or relocation for Gatehouse Cottage?

A cottage believed to be the Coast’s second oldest building will stand at least a little longer after councillors agreed to investigate renovation and relocation options.

Gatehouse Cottage, on Wharf St at Yandina, dates back to about 1891.

Its future on that site is limited, due to property owner Melinda Jones’ desire to build a duplex where the cottage currently stands.

She has gifted the cottage to Sunshine Coast Council if they can organise for its removal.

The cottage could be demolished with the approval of a private certifier because it is not on any heritage registers.

Options to retain the cottage were investigated by council officers during the past month.

They came back with the possibility of leaving the building where it stood and exploring other development options with Ms Jones, moving it to a neighbouring road reserve or taking it to Tea Tree Park in Yandina to stand near Yandina Historic House.

A council officer confirmed the building was of historical significance and it was likely a submission would be made to have it added to the council’s heritage register.

It will require some structural work such as door widening before it can be opened for public use.

Cr Greg Rogerson said during Thursday’s council meeting that the Yandina and District Historical Association and the Sunshine Coast Beekeepers groups were interested in using the building if it was moved to Tea Tree Park.

He said about $50,000 was a realistic cost of moving the building, re-stumping it and doing the plumbing and electrical work required for it to be ready for use.

Cr Ted Hungerford didn’t support the motion for more investigation, based on the condition of the building.

“I believe the cost of this, I just cannot justify,” Cr Hungerford said.

Cr Jenny McKay asked what price could be put on history.

She said a dollar value could not be put on it and urged other councillors to give the cottage a second chance.

Councillors did not define a time limit for when they expected the more-detailed report to be completed but noted Ms Jones was keen to get her building works under way and sought a decision urgently.

 

[Reprinted from Sunshine Coast Daily ‘Historic cottage defies demolition, for now’
https://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/historic-cottage-defies-demolition-for-now/3190490/]