Fines are set to double for reckless damage or demolition of heritage listed buildings in Victoria.
If found guilty, individuals could face up to five years’ jail or hefty fines of up to $746,208. Depending on the level of damage or breach of the law, the offenders could be jailed and fined. Building companies who break the law will be hit with fines of up to $1.49 million.
These new tougher penalties will not apply to the owners who demolished a historic pub in the inner northern suburbs of Carlton because it was not registered on the state heritage register. However, the pub is listed on the City of Melbourne’s Heritage Review 2012 Statements of Significance due to the pub’s “historic and aesthetic significance”.
The 160-year-old Corkman Irish pub was knocked down illegally by developers Stefce Kutlesovski and Raman Shaqiri last month.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said in a statement that people should not be able to get away with illegally demolishing a pub.
“We can’t get the original Carlton Inn back but we can support legal action to require restitution of the building and amendment of the planning scheme to put strict controls on any future development of the site,” he said.
The new laws have been introduced so the state has more power to monitor the purchasing of a historic site and what is done with it.
Carlton residents contacted Melbourne City Council to complain about the noise but by the time inspectors arrived the pub had been demolished.
The developers had not registered for a permit to demolish the pub nor had they applied for one to place a new building on the site.
Mr Kutlesovski and Mr Shaqiri have said they will rebuild the pub to its former glory and will work with heritage consultants to ensure it is done properly. – Megan Simmonds
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