Queensland government protects fire-ravaged Brisbane hotel

12 September, 2018 by Craig Hawtin-Butcher

Broadway Hotel shown in Google Street View June 2017, prior to the most recent fire. Photo credit: Image capture: Jun 2017 (c) Google 2018

Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch has issued a Stop Order protecting the Broadway Hotel in Woolloongabba.

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The aim is to pre-empt any move to demolish the Broadway Hotel, after a recent devastating fire there, the third in the past eight years.

The property has previously been the subject of a $260 million development application.

“As the Minister responsible for heritage, it is my role to ensure important heritage places are protected,” Ms Enoch said.

“The hotel is an important part of our city’s story and has been on the Queensland Heritage Register since 1992.”

Deputy Premier and Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad said the preservation of the Broadway Hotel, founded in 1889, was important to the community, and for Queensland.

“The community is sick of seeing our heritage buildings destroyed,” she said.

“We have listened and the Government is taking action.

“Now, I’m calling on Brisbane City Council to not approve any development on this site that doesn’t include the restoration and preservation of the Broadway Hotel.”

The Department of Environment and Science has written to the owner to advise them of their responsibilities regarding the safety and preservation of the site.

The Stop Order will not prevent the owner from carrying out work to prevent any further deterioration and ensure the safety of the site.

The Queensland Hotels Association has been contacted for comment.