Demolition of Norris Homestead, Albion Park

10/05/2018
 
Demolition of Norris Homestead at Albion Park will be commencing on Monday 14 May. The work is expected to take two weeks, depending on hygienist clearance certificates.
 
The heritage-listed building was destroyed by a suspicious fire at Albion Park Rail in February.
 
Shellharbour Council acquired the dilapidated late-Victorian timber house in 2012, and had not made any decision about the future of the building.
 
First built around the 1870s, it was considered to be of local heritage significance, and representative of mid Victorian and early Federation era styles and their use by the rural Illawarra community.
 
Future plans for the site are yet to be determined.
 
Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said 50 bricks from each of the building’s chimneys would be salvaged and forwarded to Council for inspection.
 
“Council places great value on the city’s heritage buildings and had undertaken three heritage assessments on the property since it came into our ownership,” Cr Saliba said.
 
“Any other items they find that might be of heritage significance will also be forwarded to Council.”
 
The demolition work is covered by Council’s insurance and will cost approximately $50,000.
 
Envirotech was selected to carry out the demolition under the trade services tender.
 
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