Heritage advocacy and advice
Do you have a place that you think has heritage or character value? Are you concerned about how to look after, modernise or develop it? City of Gold Coast (City) has a responsibility to advocate for the conservation of places of heritage significance to the Gold Coast. This can take the form of education, research and the provision of free technical advice to owners of heritage and character places.
As part of this advocacy role, the Office of City Architect works with other units within the City to achieve positive heritage outcomes at places owned or managed by us on behalf of the community.
We have also published a series of guidelines to assist property owners of both heritage listed and non-heritage listed places in the maintenance of their place. Topics include researching the history of your place, recognising Gold Coast housing styles, painting a heritage or character place, and an introduction to some basic principles of successfully maintaining a heritage or character place.
For free advice about heritage and character places and how to care for them, contact our heritage team at the Office of City Architect on 07 5582 8875.
Repair and restoration
Heritage buildings and monuments need some special care when being repaired or restored. The example here is the former Tallebudgera Post office. Opened in 1878, it operated into the 1950s. When City of Gold Coast bought the site in 2005, it was in a sound but fragile condition. Essential repairs were carried out but the building was not made to look brand new. This was to protect important original paint finishes and the building’s aged look.
Development assessment and architectural advice
When making changes to or developing a heritage or character place, it is important to ensure that the heritage values are maintained. City officers can provide architectural and heritage planning advice to assist the development process.
The former school on Kirra Hill, built in 1920, has been refurbished as a community centre. This required a careful blending of old with new, ensuring that the place was safe and up-to-date but also kept its heritage significance. To provide for the long term care of the place a Conservation Management Plan has been prepared.
Research, documentation and identification
Do you want to know more about your property, street or neighbourhood? We run a program of research and identification of heritage and archaeological places, and may have information of interest to you.
You can contact our heritage team by phone on 07 5582 8875, email to email@example.com or by post at Office of City Architect, PO Box 5042, GOLD COAST MC QLD 9729.