Scot MacDonald
Letter to the Editor - Ourimbah Station Master's Cottage
9th May 2017

Letter to the Editor - Ourimbah Station Masters's Cottage

Central Coast Express Advocate
Wyong Regional Chronicle

The Ourimbah Railway Station has some of the last timber construction buildings on the network on the Central Coast.

The future of the surplus buildings has been under review. It has been proposed to demolish the station master’s cottage.

After receiving representations I visited the cottage last month.

The building has been modified over the years; has security fencing to prevent further vandalism and doesn’t have great accessibility.

Nevertheless it became clear to me there are many in the community who value the structure and its heritage.

I had a couple of meetings with the NSW Department of Transport. They have agreed to put on hold any plans to demolish the cottage for six months. The department suggests they will consider any approach from organisations with plans to ‘adopt’ and manage the cottage. This could include a group who will use the cottage and undertake to maintain its condition and heritage values.

I strongly urge interested individuals and organisations to think about this offer quickly and begin discussions with the department.

Six months will pass quickly.

Please contact my office on 9230 2393. Scot MacDonald, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast