The National Trust of Australia (Queensland) hasn’t activated its “Love Me, Save Me” campaign since the nefarious demolitions of Cloudlands and the Bellevue Hotel in late 1970s and early 1980s.

In the face of unrelenting pressure on heritage places, the ongoing threat to landmarks and rising community sentiment for places such as the Broadway Hotel, the National Trust is activating their voice once again and asking Queenslanders to help save Queensland’s heritage places.

“Loving our heritage places isn’t enough – we need action to save these places,” says NTAQ CEO Jonathan Fisher. “Queensland’s heritage matters and the National Trust is stepping up to activate the voice of our members and protect Queensland’s special places.”

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The Broadway Hotel

THE BROADWAY HOTEL ISSUE
The historic Broadway Hotel at Woolloongabba, a place entered in the Queensland Heritage Register and a significant building in the Brisbane City landscape, suffered extensive damage in a fire on Sunday, 2  September. This prominent Brisbane heritage place has deteriorated and suffered from a lack of maintenance and subsequent lack of use for a number of years. Following the recent fire, we are more concerned that the future of this building is at risk – a risk that will increase each day if urgent stabilisation works are not carried out.

We’re calling on members of the National Trust of Australia (Queensland) and the Brisbane community to activate their voices to “Love and Save” the Broadway Hotel.

THE NATIONAL TRUST STANCE
The Broadway Hotel is one of Brisbane’s heritage landmarks and the National Trust does not want to see it fall like Cloudland and the Bellevue Hotel before it. And while there is currently no development application to demolish it, there is a risk of demolition by neglect, with the same result as a “midnight wrecking ball” – except it will happen right in front of our eyes.

The Minister for Environment and Science, the National Trust of Australia (Queensland) and the Australian Institute of Architects have issued letters to Brisbane City Council requesting an enforcement order to require the owner to secure the future of the historic Broadway Hotel.

WHAT CAN YOU DO? WRITE TO THE LORD MAYOR!
Write to the Lord Mayor – urgently! We need to make Brisbane City Council understand how important this building is and we need them to understand that this is a big issue.

Here is a sample of text that you can use in an email to the Mayor. Send your email to  lordmayor@brisbane.qld.gov.au

Dear Lord Mayor Quirk,

I learnt with dismay that the historic Broadway Hotel at Woolloongabba, a place entered in the Queensland Heritage Register, and a significant building in the Brisbane City landscape suffered extensive damage in a fire on Sunday 2nd September.

This prominent Brisbane heritage place has deteriorated and suffered from a lack of maintenance and subsequent lack of use for a number of years. Following the recent fire, we are more concerned that the future of this building is at risk – a risk that will increase each day if urgent stabilisation works are not carried out.

Brisbane’s heritage places matter to Brisbane’s residents. I am calling on Brisbane City Council to take a proactive approach to the future of the Broadway Hotel and to issue an enforcement order under Section 248 of the Building Act, 1975.

I look forward to your response to my letter but more importantly, I look forward to the conservation and rejuvenation of the Broadway Hotel.

Yours sincerely,

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