Rescue heritage treasure

Gosia Stepuch, Cumberland Councillor George Campbell, Janusz Florek and Kerryn Stanton outside Lidcombe Post Office which they are keen to keep from being partially demolished as part of a development application for a multi-storey unit block.

Story appeared in: Review | July 23rd, 2018

A CAMPAIGN to prevent the partial demolition of the former Lidcombe Post Office, received support from Cumberland Councillors last week.
The heritage listed building at 1 Taylor Street, is subject to a development application (DA) for a 10-storey, mixed use development which would include 82 boarding rooms and retail space over three levels of basement parking.
Long-time Lidcombe resident Janusz Florek said he and his wife Malgorzata Stepuch have watched "the slow destruction of historic buildings like the Lidcombe Post Office and the old Police Station through neglect".
Mr Florek said the DA, which includes keeping only parts of the building, should be redesigned to ensure the post office is kept as a "freestanding building".
Collecting 240 signatures from around the neighbourhood on a petition objecting to the development, he urged the council to commission its own "strictly independent Statement of Heritage Impact".
"Facades of the building do not constitute the building," he said.
"The Post Office is a postcard image of Lidcombe. For instance, Google search for images of Lidcombe NSW, returns the Post Office at the top of the list. Discretionary destruction of this iconic object would be an absolute disgrace and a sign of society descending into barbarity."
General manager Hamish McNulty said because of its heritage listing, the DA would be assessed by the Cumberland Local Planning Panel (CLPP).
Moving a motion of urgency to ask the CLPP to give "maximum consideration" to the site's heritage significance, Councillor George Campbell said the landmark building "stood out" in the area.
"The council has an obligation to preserve it from encroaching development so that present and future generations can appreciate and be reminded of our heritage," he said.

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