Heritage listing call for Primrose House: Community rallies support

People power: Dolls Point residents are fighting to save Primrose House.
People power: Dolls Point residents are fighting to save Primrose House.

MORE than 1300 people have written to the state government in support of a heritage listing for Primrose House at Dolls Point.

It comes after South Eastern Sydney Local Health District's director of capital works and redesign Cath Whitehurst confirmed in August that the health district was considering a proposal to sell the historic home.

St George Hospital had earlier abandoned a plan to convert the building into a satellite dialysis unit.

Rockdale Council said on November 17 that it had submitted a nomination for state heritage listing; a move which delighted residents.

Peter Wells, of Dolls Point, has joined with other members of the Rockdale Fifth Ward Progress Association to print 1000 letters for people to sign and send to NSW Heritage Minister Mark Speakman.

Because of the overwhelming success, he had another batch printed.

"So far we've had around 1300 letters sent," Mr Wells said.

"Not one person has said no.

"I've had people I don't even know wanting to sign.

"It's a really good start but we're going to keep on going."

Mr Speakman said his department had not received a formal nomination and the council could manage the house's heritage under its own planning controls.

"Primrose House is listed as a local heritage item by Rockdale Council on its Local Environmental Plan," he said.

"The Office of Environment and Heritage has completed a preliminary assessment of Primrose House's significance and found it is of local heritage significance.

"Rockdale Council can therefore manage its heritage significance under its local heritage planning controls.

"It's the role of Rockdale Council to work with its residents to ensure that its local heritage and character controls are appropriate."

View the residents' letter at stgeorgehistsoc.org.au/primrose-house


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