Bunnings moves to demolish Toowoomba heritage buildings

Plans for new Bunnings in Ruthven St, Toowoomba, site of former foundry. Contributed
Plans for new Bunnings in Ruthven St, Toowoomba, site of former foundry. Contributed

TWO heritage buildings in Toowoomba are a step closer to being demolished.

The developers of the planned Bunnings Warehouse on 239-267 Ruthven St have submitted a development application to demolish a heritage place.

The Railway Hotel and sawtooth sheds currently sit at the site of the former Toowoomba Foundry.

Bunnings says the two historic buildings must make way for the development.

The application must be approved by council before any demolitions can take place.

The Toowoomba Foundry site is on the Queensland Heritage Register and Bunnings will also need to apply to the State Government to demolish the buildings.


The foundry was established in 1871 and the site has been derelict since operations ceased in 2012.

Conservation group Brisbane Heritage has started a campaign to stop the demolition of the heritage buildings,

The group says Bunnings should incorporate the heritage buildings in any plans for the site.

Should heritage buildings be demolished to make way for development?

This poll ended on 14 May 2015.

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This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

An online petition to save the Railway Hotel has garnered hundreds of signatures of support.

Bunnings submitted the application last Friday and documentation to support the submission will be released today.

The public notification stage of the development application is due to take place in March next year.

Topics:  bunnings warehouse heritage buildings toowoomba foundry

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