Overview

The Trust commends Brisbane City Council for considering heritage as a key aspect of the Kangaroo Point Draft Renewal Strategy.  However, we feel that a more robust analysis of heritage issues is required to develop appropriate strategies and actions.

 Trust Stance

The National Trust of Australia (Queensland) recommends that the Draft Renewal Strategy should give more weight regarding the contribution of heritage for local lifestyles, and the many opportunities it provides.

We also recommend that the Strategy develop more explicit sub-strategies and/or actions/initiatives for heritage within Strategy 2, such as:

  • Enhancing access to heritage buildings;
  • Providing assistance to owners of heritage buildings via grants and professional support;
  • Educating the community on heritage and proactively consulting them on matters related to heritage;
  • Supporting sympathetic applications for appropriate reuse of heritage places;
  • Identifying unrecorded heritage assets (ie places that have heritage significance but are not yet listed on a statutory register)..

 

It is essential that any Renewal Strategies are robust and detailed, and identify all key issues relating to heritage.  To this end, the National Trust of Australia (QLD) recommends the following:

Sub-Strategy 3A:

  • We recommend adding actions/initiatives to ensure that views to and from heritage places are not impacted by new development.
  • We recommend adding actions/initiatives to ensure that overshadowed by new development in their vicinity or their airspace is not built over with an adjacent cantilevered building design.
  • We recommend that the river edge transition zone should extend along the riverside directly north of Thornton Street.

 

Sub-Strategy 3B:

  • We recommend adding actions/initiatives to encourage access to buildings via open days or promoting heritage walking trails.
  • We recommend review the proposed development controls for Kangaroo Point against the ICOMOS Australia Burra Charter to ensure that they are consistent with best practice.
  • We recommend developing development controls to ensure that views to and from heritage places are not impacted by new development.
  • We recommend developing development controls to that overshadowed by new development in their vicinity or their airspace is not built over with an adjacent cantilevered building design.
  • The second Action/Initiative for 3B states: Ensure the design of buildings both on and adjoining heritage sites complements their scale and form and respects their access, views and amenity.

The National Trust of Australia (Queensland) feels that this point is of vital importance if development and heritage are to occur in a mutually respectful manner.  We note that the outcomes of developments are often not consistent with this policy and we strongly advocate for this policy to implemented for all developments.

 

Trust Action

We have made a submission to Brisbane City Council regarding the proposed development and shared our submission with our membership base via Facebook.

October 2017 – BCC, Kangaroo Point Peninsula Draft Renewal Strategy  – pdf
December 2017 – NTAQ Submission to BCC