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Calls to halt Parramatta development plans over heritage concerns

In November 2014 the NSW Government announced a $2 billion redevelopment of the heritage precinct of North Parramatta. Naming the area state significant the Baird Government will manage the planning process which has sparked serious concerns about the Read More

Paddington time-capsule home hits market after almost 100 years

MHM had the privilege this week of visiting number 6 Broughton Street Paddington, one of a sadly declining number of original worker's cottages left in the suburb.  It was like stepping back in time as the interior of the property Read More

190 units to be built on historic Scarba house site in

Anna Anderson reports on a residential development of 190 apartments to be built on the grounds surrounding the heritage listed Scarba House in Bondi. These kinds of developments do have the capacity to go very wrong but we Read More

Man fined $175,000 for demolishing historic Shiel Homestead in Cowra.

Linda Silmalis of the Daily Telegraph reports how the Cowra Council has successfully taken the owner of a historic house to the Land and Environment Court of NSW in response to its demolition without Council’s knowledge and without the Read More

Foreign Investment Rules Set for Overhaul

This topic is controversial so we will be very careful. Let us be clear we are not anti-foreign investment altogether just anti rule breakers and regulators that do not adequately monitor or enforce the rules.   Sometimes the rules just Read More

Planning Minister Matthew Guy's backflip to save Gough Whitlam Childhood Home

We struggle a little with the concept of heritage protecting a house on the sole basis of its association with a historically important figure, event or group of people. While current policy recognises that this criteria would never be Read More

Heritage rules scrapped for Millers Point buyers

Thinks are looking very concerning for the future of the Miller’s Point properties up for sale.  Nicole Hasham, State Politics reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald has disclosed that the NSW government has scrapped the strict heritage rules Read More

Council acts to save Melbourne's heritage

Larry Schlesinger, reporter for The Australian Financial Review, recounts how a wealthy investor’s plan to knock down an historic house in Victoria’s Toorak have been blocked by local residents. Xiaoyan Bao purchased an art nouveau villa in September Read More

Calidad given heritage status

The Wentworth courier reports on the listing of the Calidad Building located in Woolloomooloo.  This is an important recognition given the building was only built in 1974.  The two-storey timber building was designed by Ian McKay.  In 2012 an Read More

Georgian-style gem lost inside uni college

Tim Barlass recounts a wonderful story of how a Georgian style building has been discovered within a University of Sydney college by a heritage architect, just before the building was to be demolished.  The two-storey Regency style house Read More

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