Government stops work on Highgate Hill homes I have been doing lots of media about this site lately, but it is not one that either my town planning practice or my law firm has been involved in. It was 1. Not in a traditional building character overlay (so demo without council approval unless other overlay applies). 2. Not in the pre-1911 building overlay (so demo without council approval unless other overlay applies) 3. Not heritage listed (so demo without council approval unless other overlay applies) Developer buys it knowing all of this (so I assume), rightly gets demolition approval by a private building certifier months ago (Oct -Nov I am told) Last week NIMBY's decide to start a protest about not demolishing the house (which my feeling is more about the 5 storey units the site is zoned for than saving this house) and the media gets involved. Council brings in a new Temporary Local Planning Instrument in over the weekend that has zero effect on stopping the work. Now the State Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection has issued a stop work order under the Heritage Act. Power to do so to stop work that may destroy or reduce the cultural heritage significance of a place. Check out the photos of the dwelling and I would love to hear anyone's opinion on what "cultural" heritage this property holds. (criteria in s 35 of https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/LEGISLTN/CURRENT/Q/QldHeritageA92.pdf) By issuing a stop work order, because it is not on the heritage register, the minister must then apply to put it on the heritage register. It also stops work for 60 days unless a decision is made earlier by the Heritage Council. My understanding is that engineers have determined that the building is in such poor state structurally that it can't be restored anyway (pre-1911 overlay in that zone would not have stopped the builder removing the building and placing it on another site in Brisbane in the traditional building character overlay).