Eltham railway cottage moves with the times

The Eltham railway cottage, which was saved from demolition in 2005 by local residents and Lismore City Council, will have to be relocated if residents want it to remain a historical feature of the village.

On Tuesday members of the Eltham Foundation met with a representative of the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), who said the Environmental Protection Authority had deemed pollutant levels so high on the current site that the cottage is unfit for residential, industrial or commercial use.

However, the ARTC suggested the building could be moved and refurbished once its on a new site.

It turns out that in the village itself there is a site that used to be occupied by a church that was relocated many years ago, and it is owned by Lismore City Council, Eltham Foundation president John Maxwell said. This is a site we could move it to if Council is co-operative and I have no doubt theyll try an accommodate us as they have been very much on side in the past.

The cottage was to be demolished by the ARTC in May 2005 but an outcry from local residents prompted Council to step in and save the cottage, giving residents an opportunity to negotiate with the ARTC about preserving the iconic building.

The ARTC will now report back to the Eltham Foundation on costs involved in the relocation and the group then plans to approach Council to discuss use of their land.


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