Commonwealth of Australia
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Instrument Removing Commonwealth Heritage values from the Commonwealth Heritage List for five Commonwealth Heritage places
I, Tony Burke, Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities,
· being satisfied that the five Commonwealth Heritage places in column 1 of the Table in Schedule A do not have the relevant Commonwealth Heritage values identified in column 2 of the Table in Schedule A; and
· having considered the advice of the Australian Heritage Council and any public comments on the proposed removal of those Commonwealth Heritage values; and
· noting that the places in Schedule A will remain in the Commonwealth Heritage List for other Commonwealth Heritage values,
pursuant to section 341L of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, remove the Commonwealth Heritage values identified in column 2 of the Table in Schedule A from the Commonwealth Heritage List for the applicable Commonwealth Heritage place in column 1 of the Table.
This Instrument commences on the first day on which it is no longer liable to be disallowed, or to be taken to have been disallowed, under the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.
Dated this 4 May 2011
Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
The following Post Offices are not considered to meet the Commonwealth Heritage criteria for the values indicated for the reasons given below (noting the places have other Commonwealth Heritage values for which they will remain in the Commonwealth Heritage List):
Reason for removing from each identified place the CH value from the Commonwealth Heritage List
Forbes Post Office
The fanciful component of France Renaissance, in the mansarded clock tower was unusual, but in step with the employment by James Barnet (Colonial Architect for NSW, 1862-1890) of related motifs in his major new government buildings in central Sydney. The inset arches on the windowed bays facing Lachlan Street, though a Barnet motif, may be later in their formation, as may the scrolled brackets under the lintel on that side, which are a Queen Anne element of which Barnet would probably have disapproved.
Hobart General Post Office
The equipment referred to is no longer extant. The area of building in which it was located has been altered and refurbished. The building has lost the ability to ‘demonstrate’ this aspect of technological significance.
Leongatha Post Office
There is scant evidence of the key planning elements associated with the type, particularly the relationship between main postal hall, residence and telegraph function. Internally, little or nothing remains of the original's plan form, decorative detail or finishes. Much of the post office’s characteristic period details has been removed including roof vents, roof sheeting and rainwater guttering, lead lighting and articulated side entry for the postmaster. Subsequently, the picturesque and aesthetic quality of the original building is also largely diminished.
Queenstown Post Office
Architecturally, the building lacks creative refinement or invention. The original internal planning configuration has been effected by accumulative alteration to the ground and first floor interior spaces.
Sorrento Post Office
The original planning of the Sorrento Post Office and quarters remains evident, but there have been consideable changes to the building exterior, particularly the principal elevation and front section, as well as the former residential component to the rear.
#Commonwealth Heritage criteria corresponding to the value being removed:
(d) the place has significant heritage value because of the place's importance in demonstrating the principal characteristics of:
(i) a class of Australia's natural or cultural places; or
(ii) a class of Australia's natural or cultural environments
(f) the place has significant heritage value because of the place's importance in demonstrating a high degree of creative or technical achievement at a particular period.