Clubhouse to remain heritage listed
THE heritage status of one of Gladstone's favourite sporting venues, the Port Curtis Sailing Club Clubhouse, is to be retained.
Queensland Heritage Council Chair, Professor Peter Coaldrake, said the Gladstone Ports Corporation had discontinued legal proceedings to have the clubhouse removed from the Queensland Heritage Register.
"The Port Curtis Sailing Club Clubhouse is an important part of Queensland's history and the preservation of its heritage listing is a positive outcome for the Gladstone community," he said.
"The clubhouse is known Australia-wide for its association with the annual Easter weekend Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, the finish of which is hosted by the Port Curtis Sailing Club."
While the Queensland Heritage Council will be happy with the news, those with a direct link to the venue may be less excited.
Gladstone Ports Corporation had hoped to remove the heritage listing so it could go ahead with an eventual redevelopment of the foreshore area. In the process, it intended to provide the sailing club with a new and improved venue.
GPC owns the land and members of the sailing culb built the clubhouse half a century ago.
While the sailing club has not involved itself in the public debate over the heritage listing, The Observer understands the club would not object to removing the building from the heritage list, since that status prevents significant renovations.