Council moves to protect Burleigh Theatre Arcade as a heritage site

Gold Coast Council has officially announced their plans to protect the future of the Burleigh Theatre Arcade.

It comes after revelations a new buyer planned to demolish the site, and build luxury apartments in its place.

Council has endorsed a Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI) to have the building’s heritage protected.


Economy Planning and Environment Committee Chair, Councillor Cameron Caldwell this morning confirmed that Council has sought the state’s endorsement of the TLPI, as well as stop-work orders should they be required.

“Council recognises that this building has significant heritage value to the city, that’s something that we have determined.

“We have accordingly decided that we should make changes to our planning scheme.

“In the first instance, that will happen through a Temporary Local Planning Instrument, and in due course those changes might be made to the state heritage register,” Cr Caldwell said.

It’s understood Council will work with the land owners, with hopes the buyers will take on Council’s consideration of the site.

Cr Caldwell also confirmed that no development application has been made.

“There has been much speculation as to what could be done with the site, but regardless of that development potential we see that the building has heritage value and we want that to be protected,” Cr Caldwell said.

Council is still waiting on the state’s reply and endorsement.