historic preservation

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Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk

Save Murphy's Town Pub

The Murphy's Town pub building will be demolished as part of the latest multi-million dollar development of the Ipswich Mall. According to a council spokespeople the facade will remain. According to them, this is the only part of the building that is heritage listed. Documents from the 1991 heritage register state the heritage significance of the pub encompasses the whole allotment. THE DESTRUCTION MUST STOP! The Commonwealth Hotel / Murphy's Town Pub was built in 1910. In 1991 it was added to the Ipswich Heritage Study. The original study document states the building as being significant because  An example of a now uncommon, two storey, verandahed hotel. For its fine detailing For its streetscape value On a personal note i believe the building is significant for a lot more reasons. It has formed an important part of so many lives, all the way from bar flies, to weary travellers, men and women working the bar, and those who have never had the chance to see it. The original heritage document also states that the Listing boundary for the heritage listing as the: "Whole allotment, plus adjoining footpath and including all established trees." IT DOES NOT STATE THE FACADE AS THE ONLY HERITAGE SIGNIFICANT PART OF THE BUILDING. In 2014, Ipswich City Properties acquired the former Commonwealth Hotel in an out of court settlement with the owner of the pub. From the Queensland Times: 'Owners of Murphy's had sued owners of the Ipswich City Square, now the council-owned ICP, for more than a million dollars for undermining the foundations of the building during the Kern Corporation's construction of the centre in the mid-eighties.' So the case was settled out of court and the pub has had it's doors closed since. In a 2016 media article in the QT: 'Asked how Murphy's Town Pub would fit into redevelopment plans, Mayor Paul Pisasale said he did not know. "I'm not too sure, Murphy's is falling to bits at the moment," Cr Pisasale said. "It has structural damage." Asked if the heritage-listed building would be retained he said: "Heritage is always important but Kern didn't leave too much heritage there.' This pub is the only piece of heritage left in this corner of town.  The One Mile was demolished amid a bunch of ignorance, finger pointing and blame. The Murphy's Town pub is owned by a council owned company and the Ipswich City Council makes the final call regarding it's demolition. So there is no outlet for blame on this occasion. Please! Ipswich City Council! Take a moment and stop thinking about the bottom line. Realise what is significant and why it is significant in this town. The building needs a few extra dollars spent on it to be fully incorporated into the new development, not mowed down so you can simply repeat the mistakes of your forefathers in the eighties. Be the council that stops this carnage, even for the sake of a few dollars. If you agree, please sign the petition. Let's show that people care about our history and do not want it destroyed.        

Save Murphy's
1,127 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Sam Papa

Say NO to the Committee's Plan! Save Papa o Te Aroha Marae, Tokoroa

This Petition seeks to stop the creation of a Charitable Trust and the undermining of the current structure of Papa o Te Aroha Marae. The current Committee of the Tokoroa Catholic Maori Society : Tene Kereopa (President) Glennys Whyte,(Assistant Treasurer), Mark Mahutonga (Secretary), Prue Christie (Treasurer), Carey Taluta (Deacon) are seeking to create a new Charitable Trust with the intention of Trustees self appointing.  Further it is the intention that the new entity will take the Lead for all Marae activities. We do not believe a new entity is required for the Marae and would like the integrity of Papa o Te Aroha to be retained and not be undermined by the creation of a Charitable Trust. It is unnecessary as the current structure of Papa o Te Aroha is an Incorporated Society. Incorporated Societies can apply for Charitable Status. The Incorporated Society is Driven by its members Not a Board of Trustees Why is Papa o Te Aroha Marae so important to this community?  Because it was established through the Wairua (Spirit) of the Tokoroa Catholic Maori Society with Father Tuerlings and the support of the Hamilton Diocesan Bishop Edward Gaines in 1987. It was created to be a Community Marae to be used by all peoples to demonstrate the Catholic values of Aroha (Care and Attention), respect and charity to all.  There is a Pou for all peoples within its walls in the great wharenui.  Calling all to feel at home in the warmth of the ancestral representations. It is considered a very Holy site of ordination for the very first Catholic Maori Bishop, Bishop Takuira Max Mariu in 1988 by Bishop Edward Gaines. We seek support to preserve this Mauri and keep the integrity and Tapu o te Mana o Papa o Te Aroha free from violation. We DO NOT support the removal of Catholic or Maori in any way. We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge the Tokoroa Catholic Maori Committee to act now to Retain the Incorporated Society i.e. Tokoroa Catholic Maori Society as the only Governing Entity for Papa o Te Aroha Marae, and to cease all investigation and actions to create a new Charitable Trust.

Andrew Paul
588 supporters