Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Demolition Crew Moves in; Historic One Mile Hotel to Disappear, Ending Link to Pioneering Pub

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Demolition Crew Moves in; Historic One Mile Hotel to Disappear, Ending Link to Pioneering Pub

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Byline: Brian Bennion brian.bennion@qt.com.au

ANOTHER piece of history is about to disappear from Ipswich's streetscape.

Construction fencing has been erected around the One Mile Hotel at West Ipswich, the XXXX Gold sign has been pulled down and the One Mile Hotel signage has been removed from the roof and the facade of the building.

In the QT in September Mayor Paul Pisasale slammed developers for secrecy surrounding plans for the One Mile Hotel.

The council had been advised that a Brisbane-based private certifier had issued an order for demolition of the hotel building without any discussions with the council.

The 1911-built two-storey hotel building, the third pub built on the site, is not heritage listed. However the hotel is listed in the council's heritage trails as a significant site.

It is believed the site will be levelled next week to make way for a petrol station. However no plans for the site have been lodged with council.

One Mile Hotel director Richard Shaw has constantly denied that there were plans to demolish the hotel since he was first questioned on the future of the pub by the QT in April.

He confirmed they were in discussions with a prospective buyer but even in September downplayed any approval for demolition, saying potential developers were entitled to "carry out searches".

"The fact there is someone looking up to see if it can be demolished doesn't mean it is definitely going to happen," Mr Shaw said in September.

Division 7 candidate Jim McKee said council policy was for adaptive reuse of heritage buildings and council had the opportunity to block demolition of the building through its Ipswich Regional Centre Strategy, adopted in 2007, which earmarked the area for medium density residential.

"On the strategy, the One Mile Hotel was listed as a key site because it is the entrance to a large residential area and it is a secondary entrance to the city," Mr McKee said. …

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