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Ourimbah cottage thrown lifeline

Government pauses demolition plans.

Ourimbah cottage thrown lifeline

An apparent breakthrough for people looking to protect the historical station master's cottage at Ourimbah, with the state government committing $26 thousand to the project.

Parliamentary Secretary for the central coast Scot Macdonald announced this morning the Department of Transport has agreed to pause its plans to demolish the building.

Last month the government revealed plans to knock down the cottage on the grounds its was structurally unsound.

"If the community and an appropriate organisation will 'adopt' the Station Masters cottage and agree to preserve it and use it in sympathy with its condition, the Department of Transport will review its plans to knock the building down," Mr MacDOnald said in a statement.

“We are not out of the woods with this building. This is not an open ended offer from the Department. It will need resolution within six months.”

Mr MacDonald also announced a $26,000 grant to Central Coast Council to support Council's Heritage Advisor Service and assist with Heritage works. 

"I hope some of these funds could be directed to co-ordinate a plan for the restoration and use of the Ourimbah Rail cottage. That might include Council calling for expressions of interest from community groups to 'adopt' the cottage and preserve it for future generations," Mr MacDonald said. 

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