Cleveland’s heritage and its future

Heritage sign in G.J. Walter Park

Heritage sign in G.J. Walter Park

On a recent trip to the USA I noticed that many communities with historical areas have regretted the “modern” developments that have made the areas into eyesores.

They are now trying to buy back land or restore sites where possible to their historical condition. They have realised that tourism is a big industry and many visitors come to experience the history and heritage of an area.

Helena USA Town Centre

Helena USA Town Centre

The historical towns on the lower Mississippi River where modern satellite cities have developed within a few kilometres are dying. An attempt has been made to consolidate the ‘old’ town of Helena with the new town of West Helena but it does not seem to be working.

Now because of tourism, an attempt is being made to restore the historical aspects of the old town. It’s sad that this approach was not considered before the new town was build. We need to avoid this happening to the CBD of Cleveland.

Heritage sign in Helena

Heritage sign in Helena

Why not revitalise Cleveland as the historical heart of Queensland. Provide attractive pamphlets and maps of Cleveland at the railway station highlighting Cleveland’s many historical sites. Reinstate the bus from the railway station to Cleveland Point so visitors can explore Cleveland’s some of this heritage. Create a heritage trail for visitors and locals to walk or cycle around.

There are other complementary things we could do to encourage visitors. Initiate markets on a Saturday morning when local businesses are open to encourage visitors. Convert one of the old CSIRO buildings into a “hands on” science museum for children, school groups and university students. We need to give people a reason to come to our city and spend the day here.

Fernleigh with views over G.J. Walter Park is listed in the Queensland Heritage Register

Fernleigh with views over G.J. Walter Park is listed in the Queensland Heritage Register

We need to be creative in the way that we use Cleveland’s historical and cultural heritage. We need to make the most of our past to assure our future.

 

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2 thoughts on “Cleveland’s heritage and its future

  1. Imagine if the successive councils in London or Paris had permitted major modern development in their respective city areas. Who would go there as a tourist? By carefully managing their development directions with an eye to the long term, they created massive wealth.
    Here, it’s not clear to me that the Council is really in control of development!

  2. Novel ideas brought back to the Redlands from the USA offer different solutions to the build something it at any cost approach being touted by the PDA.

    Even as more of the PDA’s technical documents seep (unannounced) on to the Council’s web site the full back-ground of the PDA planning remains clouded.

    Still no benefit cost analysis, business plan or real estimate of the economic costs imposed on the Cleveland CBD.

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