Monday, 13 March 2017
ONE of the region’s most iconic buildings may be on the way a more secure future, with the NSW Heritage Council recommending Bingara’s Roxy Theatre and Greek Café be permanently protected, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said today.
At its March meeting, the Heritage Council considered the Roxy’s value to the town, as well as submissions from stakeholders and the community.
If successful, state heritage listing places legal controls on renovations of the building, and allows for new sources of funding for maintenance and renovations.
Mr Marshall said the building should be recognised for its heritage value.
“Since it was built in 1936, the Roxy Theatre and Greek Café is one of the most recognisable features of Bingara’s main street,” Mr Marshall said.
“Many similar buildings across regional Australia have closed their doors – so it was all the more commendable that Gwydir Shire Council saw the potential of the former theatre and café, and renovated it in 2009.
“Securing the Roxy on the heritage list will give it more protection in future, and ensure it’s enjoyed for generations to come.”
With the NSW Heritage Council tick of approval, the submission will now go before the Minister for Heritage Gabrielle Upton for final determination.
“I will be urging the Minister to approve the Heritage Council’s recommendation and list the Roxy to ensure it is enjoyed by future generations,” Mr Marshall said.