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Palmwoods resident pushes for bank heritage listing

Palmwoods woman Anna Stevenson and her grandson Isaak Simpson inspect the front of a former bank which is being considered for state heritage listing.
Palmwoods woman Anna Stevenson and her grandson Isaak Simpson inspect the front of a former bank which is being considered for state heritage listing. Stuart Cumming

PALMWOODS resident Anna Stevenson wants to see something done with an historic building over her back fence.

She is not alone, with a submission currently before the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection to have the former English Scottish and Australian Bank in Main St added to the state heritage register.

It has stood there for the past 101 years.

The application also applies to the adjoining former bank manager's residence.

However, there is also an application before Sunshine Coast Council to have the manager's residence removed from the site.

That has been lodged by the property's owner.

A residence attached to an old bank in Palmwoods is being considered to be added to the state heritage register.
A residence attached to an old bank in Palmwoods is being considered to be added to the state heritage register. Stuart Cumming

Mrs Stevenson said whatever the outcome, she was keen to see action.

She has at times heard squatters in the home and seen the rear door left open.

"I'm a lover of heritage but I think you've got to be practical. Look after it."

"It is left there to deteriorate."

The application to have the bank and adjoining house added to the state heritage register was lodged by Palmwoods resident Yvonne Dalziel.

It is already listed on the Sunshine Coast Council's heritage register.

She said she wanted to further protect the heritage buildings of the town.

"It is a beautiful building," Ms Dalziel said.

"It would not cost much to do that up."

Sunshine Coast architect Roger Todd, who specialises in heritage conservation, was also in favour of the buildings being added to the state register.

He had toured them in about 2006 and rated them as among the Coast's most important.

"Palmwoods as a whole is one of the best conserved railway towns on the Coast," Mr Todd said.

He said the town's proximity to major centres made it an appealing tourist draw card.

"If they can conserve that heritage there is real opportunity to cash in on it in the future."

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection is accepting written submissions on the push to have the buildings heritage listed.

The submissions period will close on May 24.

For more information email heritage@ehp.qld.gov.au or call 13 74 68 and ask for the department's heritage branch.

The Daily contacted the owner's business for comment but was told he was unavailable.

Topics:  bank heritage palmwoods sunshine coast


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