Should we save Coolum's beach shacks from demolition?
AN award-winning architect is calling for some of Coolum Beach's iconic beach shacks to be preserved for their historical value.
Dragan Majstorovic said more and more of the old fibro homes in the coastal town were being demolished for luxury homes and apartments.
One of the latest, known to locals as the "Suevic flats", was demolished to make way for 37 ocean-front apartments called Illoura.
Mr Majstorovic said there had been a "lot of these little houses to go".
"It's sad, they are part of our heritage but they are destined for development," Mr Majstorovic said.
"They are left to run down. It is a sad day for us to lose more and more of our heritage which was these fishing, surfing and holiday homes.
"They were weekenders, built cheaply and efficiently.
"Soon people will have no idea of what was there."
Another is a home on David Low Way with its well-known guitar postbox which is understood to be scheduled for demolition within six months.
Mr Majstorovic moved to Coolum in 1993 when it was still a small coastal town with many beach shacks.
"Coolum Tce was one of the first subdivisions in Coolum," he said.
"It had very small, narrow lots only meant for weekenders."
Ideally, Mr Majstorovic would love to see the properties heritage listed, but wasn't sure if this was even possible.
"I haven't heard of any dwelling being heritage listed on Sunshine Coast," he said.
"I think we should, but I don't know how it would happen."
He said the changing face of Coolum Beach meant it was losing some of its charm.
"We need an understanding of how things might have been in a different time."
He said the shacks probably weren't old enough to be valued in a public perspective, but "once they are taken away that can't happen and there will be no memory of them".
"People feel saddened they are powerless to do anything about it.
"Once we lose our heritage identity, everything becomes generic, like any other town
"If anyone turned up in Mooloolaba today, they would think it only started being built 20 years ago."
North Shore Realty owner Noel Mooney has lived in Coolum for 22 years and had watched how it changed shape.
But he didn't think preserving a beach shack was the way forward.
How do you preserve a beach shack? Who is going to preserve them?
"Most people who have bought them want to do something with them down the track.
"As long as the right design is done, not like most of the buildings on the Esplanade, then it is fine."
He said Coolum's identity was in its beautiful beaches and not in its buildings.
"One has only recently been knocked down because it had to. It was riddled with white ants."
It wasn't only ocean-view properties that were being snapped up and demolished, it was happening across the town.
"Heaps of people are buying old homes in Coolum and redoing them."