Heritage body toothless tiger, says Corones

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE mayor Peter Corones has labelled the Queensland Heritage Council as 'toothless tigers' and backed a review into the process of listing places in the heritage register.

At Wednesday's Gladstone City Council meeting, the state government asked the council to comment on the review of the Queensland Heritage Act.

"The problem is that they can come in and list something, even if it is private property, but then there's no money to back it up or maintain the property,'' he said.

Cr Corones referred to the Civic Theatre which was heritage listed in 2002 even though the theatre's owner objected strongly.

The owner can now not sell the theatre or renovate it. "It's all right for them to go around all hooty tooty registering things,'' Cr Corones said.

"They are a toothless tiger and they should either put up or shut up.''

An Environmental Protection Agency spokesperson said the reason for the review was to sort out issues such as those raised by Cr Corones.

"The review of the Queensland Heritage Act 1992 is being undertaken to improve the effectiveness of cultural heritage management in Queensland,'' he said.

A discussion paper has been released by the state government on the issue and is available for community comment on the EPA website.



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