Push to demolish heritage building

AN application to demolish the heritage listed Civic Theatre in Goondoon Street has been submitted to Gladstone City Council.

The application, made by owner Keith Upton, argued the building was a danger to health and safety and held no historical significance.

In 2002 Mr Upton also made clear his opposition to the theatre being listed on the heritage register.

Mr Upton could not be contacted yesterday, but The Observer obtained the letter he included with his application.

"We hold the view that the land is unsaleable and unuseable while ever the place is included on the Queensland Heritage Register,'' Mr Upton stated in the letter.

"We have made numerous submissions in which we have set why in the first place the place should not have been listed.'' Mr Upton's opposition to the original listing led to an independent review of the issue. Gladstone City Council also opposed the theatre being registered.

However the Queensland Heritage Council maintained the building was of historical significance.

"In September 2004 the Heritage Council resolved to retain the Civic Theatre in the heritage register because it continued to be a place of cultural heritage significance and satisfied the criteria for entry in the heritage register,'' a spokesperson said.

Members of the public can view the application for its demolition at the council chambers.

Comments about the issue can be submitted until May 10.



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