Pioneers' relatives push to save old Buderim home
DESCENDANTS of one of Buderim's pioneering couples are hoping an almost 130-year-old house will be preserved despite missing out on Queensland heritage listing.
Susan Guy had applied to have her great-grandparents William and Susan Guy's home, Calrossie, listed on the Queensland Heritage Register.
The Guy Ave Queenslander, thought to have been built in the 1890 or 1891, is believed to be one of the three or four oldest homes on Buderim.
The application was supported by other family members, a Buderim historian, the Buderim Historical Society, member for Buderim Steve Dickson, and the Sunshine Coast Council, which identifies the house as a local heritage place.
But it was refused by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection Heritage Branch director Fiona Gardiner.
A report found the house did not meet any of eight criteria, saying the house had been "substantially altered" and was therefore not a distinctive example of a 19th century farmhouse and not regionally significant.
"Calrossie has an aesthetic quality valued by the community, but numerous alterations and additions have markedly reduced its architectural qualities and aesthetic significance," the report said.
"Its setting has also been substantially diminished by surrounding residential development."
Ms Guy had applied for heritage listing after discovering her brother, real estate identity Ken Guy, and his wife, Sandra, had put the property on the market.
Mr Guy, who bought the property from his father and uncle, opposed the listing, saying the house had been substantially altered inside over the years and no evidence of the original gardens existed.
The house is listed for sale at $750,000 with McGrath Real Estate which describes it as the "original homestead" with "grand gardens of the past."
Ms Guy said that although she loved her brother, "money from the sale of this very prized real estate is very important to Kenny and his wife".
She fears the home, which sits at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac on the highest part of Buderim with ocean views, could be removed or demolished to make way for a new home or development.
Ms Guy said Ms Gardiner's decision made it difficult to apply for a grant on a heritage basis to buy the home but she hopes someone will come forward with the funds to purchase it and ensure its future.
"We have to ask for any friends and relatives of the Guys, if they are interested, to buy the property. We would like to have the funds to buy it and restore it. It could be a community education centre or a living museum," she said.
Heather Wade, another descendent of William Guy, said she did not dispute Ken Guy's right to sell the house "but it's heritage and should be left."
Jeanine Roberts, another relative, said Queensland had a shocking record for bulldozing history "and we're doing nothing to preserve what history we have here".
Ken Guy did not respond to a phone message seeking his comment for this story.