State Member for the Entrance, Mr David Mehan, presented a petition with over a thousand signatures to the State Parliament this week calling on the State Government to stop the demolition of the Ourimbah Station Master’s cottage and preserve the heritage listed building.
The building sits on both Central Coast Council’s heritage list and Transport NSW heritage list, but it is not included in the state-wide list, leaving it vulnerable to demolition.
After a community campaign garnered wide support, the State Government put a temporary freeze on demolition and handed down a six month deadline for Council and community groups to come up with a solution.
“Over a thousand residents have made it clear that they want the cottage here to stay,” Mr Mehan said.
“It’s a beautiful building that is one of the last original constructions from 1887 in Ourimbah,” he said.
“It’s of local historic significance and should be treated as such.
“The State Government should be taking an active role in preserving this site and not throwing its responsibility away to community groups.
“The six month freeze came as a result of the community making it clear to the government that they wanted to see the site preserved.
“This petition is a further step that the government will have to respond to.
“I encourage all interested parties to join the campaign and contact my office if I can be of any help or provide more copies of the petition,” Mr Mehan said.
Media release, Jun 1
David Mehan, Member for The Entrance