Iconic heritage Melbourne pub, demolished illegally

The destruction of the iconic Corkman Irish pub was completed without the right approvals in place and without sufficient penalties, similar acts are likely to occur again.

October 31, 2016
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Iconic heritage Melbourne pub, demolished illegally

Last week in Melbourne, the Corkman Irish Pub, an iconic and heritage-listed, hotel in Carlton, was demolished illegally. The Corkman was built in 1857, yet, 'Two cowboys come along, ignore all demolition and planning permits rules ... and just knock the place over,' said outraged Planning Minister Richard Wynne... who asked that there be stiff penalties for the developers...

 ...who had no demolition permit and no planning permit for a building to replace it.

Mr Shaqiri, one of the owners of the demolition company, Shaq Demolition reportedly will not answer questions regarding the issue. The Council, when they visited the site, ordered Shaq Demolition to stop work when they were part of the way through the job. Strangely enough a fire broke out a week before, and a police spokeswoman has commented that the fire was deemed suspicious and under investigation, but the pub had been inspected and the damage was not extensive enough to require demolition.

"So the owner has clearly authorised demolition of a 159-year-old heritage-protected building in violation of planning and building law. It's completely unacceptable." - Greens councillor, Rohan Leppert.

A Carlton resident, who declined to be named in an article with the Daily Mail, said the circumstances of the demolition appeared suspicious.

 'This makes me really angry. Beware thug developers.' 

However, the cost of penalties for the demolishing of this historic pub is only speculated to be up to $200,000, and it is believed that the two developers labelled the ‘cowboys’ had plans to turn the pub into apartments.

“This is the most brazen and wanton act of destructive vandalism that I’ve seen in my time as Lord Mayor.” - Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Robert Doyle. 

After doing a bit of research on Shaq Demolition, it looks like Raman​ Shaqiri owner of the site, also part owns Shaq Demolition, and has been previously sued by a property owner because one of their sub-contractors demolished the wrong house in Broadmeadows. According to Gold104.3, the company has now been de-registered and their website is ‘under construction’.

It is still unknown what fines will be incurred for Mr Shaqiri and The Shaq Demolition and Excavation company, but Heritage consultant Rohan Storey implicates they should expect “hefty fines” “Hefty should mean of an amount that would make them think twice, and make it unprofitable”.





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