Re-use of Character Home

6th of November 2014

Re-use of Character Home

A character home in Goodna is poised to take on a new lease of life after Ipswich City Council granted approval to the residence's new owners to transform it into professional offices.

Planning and Development Commitee Chair, Councillor Paul Tully said the pre-1946 dwelling at 23 Church Street (opposite the Goodna Police Station) will be renovated in accordance with Ipswich Planning Scheme Character Provisions to accommodate an accountancy practice.

"It's great to see old buildings like this undergo sensitive transformations which will enable them to embark on the next stage of their lives," Cr Tully said.

Two ground level office spaces, a client reception area and internal staircase are planned additions to the building. All works will be recessed from the outer edge of the wrap around verandah to preserve the street appeal of the former residence.

Further planning requirements are that the building's exterior be painted in colours that blend aesthetically with other buildings in the street,with roofing and timber elements also being repaired in sympathy with their surrounds.

Cr Tully said the Church Street project was a perfect illustration of Ipswich City Council's approach to conservation practice.

"We've operated a free Heritage Adviser Service for the past 20 years and this, along with other initiatives, have served to protect the City's unique character while enhancing the value of property owners' assets," Cr Tully said.

"The role of the Heritage Adviser Service is crucial given the strong focus our Heritage Program has towards education and encouragement, rather than strict regulation."

A recent survey of residents who used the service in the previous 12 months found that all who responded rated the service as excellent. Council also provides property owners with a wide range of historical information in the form of heritage trails, sketch books and education kits.