- Thursday 16 October 2014
Sunshine Coast Council today noted two management plans to guide the continued conservation of Council-owned and heritage listed Fairview (also known as Pattemore House) at North Maleny.
Councillor Jenny McKay said the Management Plan and Garden Restoration and Reconstruction Master Plan at Fairview House would guide both an annual conservation work plan and the annual Cultural Heritage Levy program.
“The Plans highlight the significance of Fairview, advises on essential heritage management principles and provides recommendations to conserve the property’s heritage values over a five year period, as funding is made available,” Cr McKay said.
“The report also recommends further work on an options paper and business modelling is required so that Council can determine the long term future, sustainable use of Fairview.
“As a state heritage listed site under the Queensland Heritage Act 1992, the Fairview Management Plan required approval from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection for works to proceed.
“The Garden Restoration and Reconstruction Master Plan guides the restoration and care of the grounds and advocates that the significant elements of the gardens be restored, preserved and maintained regardless of the future use of the property.
“The conservation recommendations will be prioritised to ensure Fairview does not deteriorate while Council considers the future use of the property.
“To date, the Cultural Heritage Levy has funded repairs and maintenance to ensure the house does not deteriorate.”
Cr McKay said Fairview House was important in demonstrating both the early development of Maleny as an agricultural settlement and the pattern and expansion of dairying in Queensland in the early 1900s.
“Council thanks the Friends of Pattemore House Group who actively contributed to the development of both plans and have played an important role in researching the history of the house and providing feedback throughout the planning processes,” Cr McKay said.
“I am delighted to announce we will be working towards the signing of an interim Memorandum of Understanding to continue this collaboration with the Friends.
“Fairview is now an integral part of the Maleny Community Precinct, whose major uses include a golf course, walking trails and a range of recreational facilities.”
Fast Facts on Fairview
• Fairview is a Council-owned state heritage listed property (land and house) located in North Maleny and situated on a 2.5 hectares parcel of land, within the Maleny Precinct.
• Fairview was erected on the property in 1908 by the sons of the first occupants, John Robert and Emily Pattemore.
• The house and property was used as a share farm and dairy farm, with a variety of owners after the Pattemores sold the property in 1948, until 1995 when the then Caloundra City Council acquired the property, including the house, for a sewage treatment scheme, which was partially implemented.
• The house and its land were entered on the Queensland Heritage Register in September 2003 under the Queensland Heritage Act 1992.