Petition to Lord Mayor Graham Quirk
Save 'Mundumburrah' and place it on the Heritage Register
Please give your support to protect Mundumburrah Mundumburrah is a home of considerable architectural and well documented historical significance at 41 Drane Street Clayfield. It is currently being redeveloped as part of a Development Application approved in September 2016. Approval was given despite there being an application for Heritage Listing lodged with the Brisbane City Council in March 2016, which was apparently overlooked by Council when approving the redevelopment. The home is a substantial dwelling and significant for its contribution to the Drane Street streetscape, being the first home in the block and also the last remaining example of the wealthier Queensland Colonial Pyramid architecture dating from the 1880s to the early 1900s in the street. Mundumburrah is a late Victorian era timber residence which is important in illustrating the principal characteristics of a distinctly regional, climate-responsive style of architecture. It has been well maintained and retains most of its original features. Drane Street Clayfield was so named in 1897, after John William Constantine Drane, who built the house on its current site in 1886. It remained the only house in the entire block between Railway Parade and Victoria Street until 1920. John Drane, his wife and children played a significant and well documented role in the early history of Brisbane. Three of the Drane boys served in WW1 but only two returned home. Few streets in Clayfield are named after prominent residents that actually lived in the street. Arthur Ferry, another prominent figure in early Queensland Government, purchased the property in 1923 and Mundumburrah remained in the Ferry family until 1984. The historical and architectural importance of this property was completely overlooked in approving the development application and a decision on the Heritage Listing Application remains outstanding. As a result we are petitioning the Brisbane Lord Mayor as follows: Dear Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, For your immediate attention: Mundumburrah 39-41 Drane Street, Clayfield 4011 Built in 1886, this was the first house in the block and is the last remaining example of tin and timber Queensland Colonial Pyramid Architecture. To demonstrate the good faith of your council in adhering to its own Heritage Protection Laws, we, the signatories to this petition, request that: The application sent to email@example.com on 30 March 2016 to list this unique property on the Heritage Register be acted upon and listed immediately. Brisbane City Council ensure Mundumburrah will be restored and fully protected in its original context as an integral part of Brisbane and Queensland's Architectural Heritage. Commemorative plaques be placed on the footpath noting Mundumburrah's unique status in Queensland Colonial Pyramid Architecture and naming the prominent citizens who have lived in this home. Please restore our confidence in your good administration of this city. NOTE ON COMPLETING YOUR PETITION ENTRY: Please be aware that if you would like your name to appear on the petition which goes to the Lord Mayor you must leave the tick in the box 'Display my name and comment on this petition'which appears under the comments section. Otherwise you will only be recorded in the number of 'supporters' on the change.org website (which is great), but your name will not appear on the petition being presented to the Lord Mayor. Thanks again for your support!
Petition to Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, MP, Hon. Fred Nile, Hon. Anthony Roberts, MP, Hon. PRU Goward, MP, Hon. Alex Greenwich, MP, Hon. Ray Williams, MP, Gabrielle Upton MP, Hon. Tanya Davies, MP.
Save Sirius: a rare architectural icon of inclusion & community
Please sign our petition or watch this first to learn more: Save Our Sirius: Forced Out Preview Three Compelling Reasons: 1. Sirius was designed by the people for the people in recognition that community & civil society are vital to humanity. Sirius ensured that residents displaced by threatened demolition & subsequent commercialisation of The Rocks were able to maintain community. Indeed it created an environment that enhanced social relationship, harmony and reciprocity. It was a first in this kind of process and outcome. 2. Sirius is an accessible, inclusive complex able to cater right now for those who have the potential to be well supported by the National Disability Insurance Scheme but who have nowhere suitable to live. Sirius was designed and built to cater for the elderly and people with different levels of mobility and other impairments. It was designed to include people with disability in an integrative, valued way alongside families and other households. Demolishing Sirius would be a loss for those who recognise that those it was designed for - elderly and people with disability, have a valuable role to play in every community. Many are people with impairments and or long term residents, who are poorer than average, but who are holders of our social history and represent a diversity that Millers Point and Sydney and therefore Australia would be culturally poorer without. Loss of Sirius excludes many people with disability from living in this area. Demolishing Sirius would be an act of exclusion to vulnerable people, including people with disability. 3. The Sirius building is an iconic landmark. Sirius was established as part of an innovative locally driven movement ensuring managed development when massive overdevelopment threatened this historic precinct. This action created a unique heritage area now highly valued by locals and the 14 million tourists that visit each year, contributing over $400 million to the NSW economy. Demolishing it would also be a loss for those who recognise the role that Sydney and Australia played in starting a movement of ordinary people working together to save important and now cherished built and social environments around the world. Sirius would also be a loss for those who value architectural innovation, history and heritage. The design and development of Sirius broke new ground and is a now a rare example of a particular architectural style in Australia. You can find out more about Sirius at SOS Save Our Sirius and in this short video. Preview of Forced Out Documentary Demolishing Sirius would be a loss not just for the residents and the community where it is situated but for all Australians who value real historical landmarks and culture over fabricated facades & reenactments. Encourage the NSW Government to go with the recommendations of their own Heritage branch and list the Sirius Building on the State Heritage Register under the Heritage Act 1977. Heritage listing will help protect this important Australian icon from the heavy hand of big government and ruthless development. We need to protect all communities from those that seek to sell Australian icons and Crown land for short term cash to developers, foreign investors and speculators whose own interests trump preserving important Australian iconic buildings and precious social communities. Help save Sirius, sign now (comment if you can) and ask your friends to do the same.