Darling Range Tavern 49 Great Eastern Highway Bellevue WA 6056

Service Station & Associated Signage

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website over 3 years ago. It was received by them 4 days earlier.

(Source: Swan City Council, reference DA/695/2016)

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  1. Jessica Mauger commented

    Please do not demolish this wonderful building. It has history and houses the best restaurant in Perth. My husband and I go there for dinner for our anniversary every year.

    There is a service station directly across the road. There is no need for another.

    If anything, the building needs a face lift which would accentuate the beauty of it and emphasis how important the history of our area is.

  2. Jessica Mauger wrote to local councillor Catherine Ann McCullough

    Please do not demolish this wonderful building. It has history and houses the best restaurant in Perth. My husband and I go there for dinner for our anniversary every year.

    There is a service station directly across the road. There is no need for another.

    If anything, the building needs a face lift which would accentuate the beauty of it and emphasis how important the history of our area is.

    Delivered to local councillor Catherine Ann McCullough. They are yet to respond.

  3. Penny Hooper commented

    I'm very sad to see this proposal, another old building that should for historical reason be renovated is in the fireing line for demolishon. How many petrol stations does one intersection need? Absolutely absurd. I'm sure I will soon be hearing the fire engines attending a accidentle fire there any day now!

  4. Cath Harnett commented

    Please take into full consideration that what is proposed is not needed.
    Please also take into full consideration that this building is over 100 years old and represents an opportunity to acknowledge and symbolise the history of the Eastern suburbs, not just Midland. There is anectodal evidence that this is significant in terms of WW1 veterans; Blackboy Hill. There is anecdotal evidence that this is significant owing to the former racetrack across the road.
    Of itself, it is significant.

  5. James Richardson commented

    I agree with all of Cath Harnets sentiments, that this hotel has been a vital part of Midland history for more than 100 years and has been a major contributer in Midlands cultural, social development and this should be akknowleged and the hotel retained as a heritage and historical Midland building and council should endeavour to facillitate this outcome

  6. Jeni Hood wrote to local councillor Catherine Ann McCullough

    The Darling Range Hotel is listed on the State Heritage Register and must not be demolished-especially for another petrol station. Midland (and WA) cannot afford to lose any more of its built history.

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    Catherine Ann McCullough local councillor for Swan City Council
    replied to Jeni Hood

    Hi Jeni,

    How are you? Thanks for email. I am following this up with Midland/Guildford Ward Councillors also...

    Cheers,

    Cate

    Cate McCullough
    Councillor, City of Swan
    Ph 0433 432 430

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  7. Emma Murdoch commented

    Please do not demolish the Darling Range hotel. Too many historical buildings have been demolished in Perth. It's so sad when you see photos of the amazing buildings that could've been standing today but instead have been demolished. We need to hold onto old buildings to give Perth some diversity in its architecture... otherwise all that history is lost.

  8. Robyn Mandal commented

    Please consider the advantage of keeping & restoring this historic building & the virtues it offers to the broader community.
    Sadly here in Perth we are light on when it comes to saving our Architectural history .
    Another Coles Express will do nothing towards changing this poor practice & everywhere toward showing our sadly blatant disregard for same .
    Do we really need another ugly insensitively designed corporately owned building on a busy Highway ?

  9. Jennifer Hood wrote to local councillor Catherine Ann McCullough

    Re my earlier comment-I see now the Hotel is not on the State Heritage Register but is a Heritage Place...it should be on the State Register and it should not be demolished -especially for short term gain e.g. a servo!

    Delivered to local councillor Catherine Ann McCullough. They are yet to respond.

  10. Michelle Tourigny commented

    Surely that neighbourhood does not need another petrol station.

  11. Nanette Geller commented

    Please don't demolish this historic building, let alone for a third petrol station at the intersection! We have eaten at the restaurant many times and appreciate the history within its walls.

    Thank you for your consideration.

  12. James Sweeney commented

    I understand this building is heritage listed. If the owners receive approval to demolish it what good is the purpose of having a heritage listing or a heritage council?

  13. Sy Albertine commented

    It's so sad to see another beautiful old piece of history demolished for a service station. Especially considering the area is swamped with servos already.

  14. James Richardson wrote to local councillor Ian Peter Johnson

    This hotel began its life as the East Midland Hotel circa 1903 and was also known as The Bellevue Hotel and later to become the Darling range Hotel.
    This hotel has historic links with the Soldiers camped at Blackboy hill during W.W.1
    The hotel frequently advertised rooms for Officers and their wives, Social gatherings were held here to keep the soldiers in good cheer and proved to be a regular & popular destination for the soldiers from Blackboy hill, This hotel could have been the last time many of them were able to have a drink on Australian soil before being shipped to Battlefronts overseas and some never to return. The contribution and association of this hotel with our World War One connections need to be recognised and placed on the Heritage list at the earliest, to retain this hotel and her history for present and future generations.

    Delivered to local councillor Ian Peter Johnson. They are yet to respond.

  15. Bob Elsbury wrote to local councillor Ian Peter Johnson

    As you and I discussed Ian this looks bigger than first thought. There will be no shortage of opposition to this going ahead. There is absolutely no need for another service station and the loss of this historic building will be unforgivable. The Bellevue Hotel was lost a long time ago, let's not lose another piece of history. There is already 2 service stations at that intersection and 3 more at Morrison Raod and Farral Road.
    As I also mentioned to you, this intersection is atrocious, very dangerous and needs to be dealt with ASAP.

    Delivered to local councillor Ian Peter Johnson. They are yet to respond.

  16. Sue Wester wrote to local councillor Daniel Sebastian Parasiliti

    Midland has very little left of its historical buildings. A lot of hard work has gone into retaining and redeveloping the workshops, let's put some energy into what remains of our history. Although the DR isn't as pretty as it once was, please don't allow it to be demolished for yet another service station. Let's make sure the mistake of demolishing Lynwood homestead on Great Northern Hwy isn't repeated.

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    Daniel Sebastian Parasiliti local councillor for Swan City Council
    replied to Sue Wester

    Thanks Sue for the email much appreciated.

    I have forwarded this on.

  17. Jess Chambers wrote to local councillor Catherine Ann McCullough

    Please do not allow this building to be demolished only to build another service station. As a heritage building it seems ludicrous to demolish it before considering restoration of the building, particularly as there are already six different service stations very close to this site, and another one being built right next to Bunnings, also on Great Eastern Highway. I actually live on Blackburn Street and I can say with absolute conviction that we definitely do not need more service stations; anyone in the Midland area can probably find one on their doorstep at this rate. For example, anyone wanting to get fuel can easily do so at the BP on Great Eastern Highway approximately 100m away, or even at the Caltex 200m away. Another service station is hugely unnecessary.

    In addition, the residential area surrounding the Darling Range Hotel is an area with only two entry points, which are already fairly congested, and the intersection of Great Eastern Highway and Horace street is the only way for residents to exit right to travel up the hill. Adding a service station will introduce a lot of traffic to this area and make it extremely difficult for residents to use the Great Eastern Highway & Horace Street intersection, especially at peak hours.

    I feel that with the City of Swan's aims to redevelop Midland, keeping (or even restoring) the Darling Range Hotel promotes a unique identity that could be otherwise lost. The Midland area has a rich history that this hotel is notably part of, and removing it would be a waste. The City of Swan has proven itself to be more than capable of restoring historic places in Midland, so why not go for this option and let Midland be remembered for its many historic areas rather than somewhere with a service station on every corner?

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    Catherine Ann McCullough local councillor for Swan City Council
    replied to Jess Chambers

    Hi Jess,

    Am following this up with other Councillors also...

    C

    Cate McCullough

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  18. Leon Wreyford commented

    This Hotel is a well known historic landmark and is in need of a makeover but not demolition. It has served the locals for over a century - and continues to do so.
    We are not in need of another service station just 30 seconds from the B.P (which is often quiet and has ample pumps for a much larger population). There is also a mega
    Caltex across the road. What is the point in destroying our local Heritage and a perfectly functioning well patronized popular Pub and Restaurant? How does this serve the local community ... Tripling up on identical services located in the same 500 sq metre block ?

  19. Sue Hanson commented

    This hotel should not be demolished as it represents a unique, historic building which was the working man's pub. It has an ANZAC relationship as well as being the hotel across the road from a now gone, racecourse. Bellevue doesn't have any other pubs. There is strong social and cultural reasons for preserving the hotel and bringing it back to it's former appearance. Bellevue was and still is a working-man's suburb. The hotel is beloved, along with two giant moreton bay fig trees in the rear which were at the original stables. It was watering hole for my grandfathers from around 1940 till their deaths. This hotel presents a wonderful opportunity to develop into a museum or cultural centre about the ANZACS. Please do not demolish it.

  20. Sue Hanson commented

    This hotel should not be demolished as it represents a unique, historic building which was the working man's pub. It has an ANZAC relationship as well as being the hotel across the road from a now gone, racecourse. Bellevue doesn't have any other pubs. There is strong social and cultural reasons for preserving the hotel and bringing it back to it's former appearance. Bellevue was and still is a working-man's suburb. The hotel is beloved, along with two giant moreton bay fig trees in the rear which were at the original stables. It was watering hole for my grandfathers from around 1940 till their deaths. This hotel presents a wonderful opportunity to develop into a museum or cultural centre about the ANZACS. Please do not demolish it.

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