Councillor to discuss submissions for historic register

The homestead at Birkdale
The homestead at Birkdale

REDLAND City Council Division 10 councillor Paul Bishop will meet with residents to discuss plans to get an historic Birkdale homestead included on the Queensland Heritage Register.

Cr Bishop said he would show residents how to make a submission to the Queensland Heritage Council for the 152-year-old property known in Redlands as Willards Farm, Cottons Farm or The Pines.

A development application for some residential units was lodged in June for the site which includes a homestead, dairy and slab huts at 302 Old Cleveland Road, Birkdale, near the Birkdale Baptist church.

Birkdale Progress Association applied to the Queensland Heritage Council for the property to be included on the Queensland Heritage Register.

Heritage Minister Stephen Miles issued a Stop Order preventing work until a decision on the property's heritage significance on July 20.

The order gave the community 40 business days to make submissions for the homestead to be included on the heritage register.

Cr Bishop said the meeting was not organised by Redland City Council and would not discuss federal government land next door, once an antennae farm and radio transmitting station, and being considered for purchase by council.

"This homestead has been part of the Birkdale community since the 19th century so there is a great deal of interest from the community," he said.

"I encourage anyone who wants to see this property retained, or who has other views, to attend this meeting and make a submission to the Heritage Council by 24 August."

The Heritage Council is expected to make its ruling on September 8.

The meeting will be at Birkdale School of Arts Hall on Wednesday, August 12 at 7pm.

Councillor Paul Bishop poses the question of who will decide on the fate of a Birkdale block of land. 
 Photo by Chris McCormack

Councillor Paul Bishop poses the question of who will decide on the fate of a Birkdale block of land. Photo by Chris McCormack