Restore These Homes!
1. Lamb House at Kangaroo Point, Brisbane
By 2023 the vista could be yours - for the price of admission - as you stop for coffee and carrot cake or a Devonshire tea after a tour of the restored Lamb House and its gardens and a vivid history of Brisbane.
All it will take is for the Lamb family, Brisbane City Council, and the Queensland state government to negotiate a sensible deal to restore the house.
The National Trust of Queensland has done a wonderful job with the tour, you think, looking across the Brisbane River to The Landing where British officers first came ashore in 1823 to start the Brisbane penal colony.
In this ideal world, you would remember how Lamb House was jointly acquired by Brisbane City Council and the Queensland government in 2020, partly with federal money that Prime Minister Scott Morrison allocated to capital cities as a civic pride initiative after the COVID-19 pandemic passed.
Today, it is a mess inside and out and some of the timber work has fallen off.
The gardens are overgrown and the house, which the Lamb family called "Home", is full of magazines, books, food wrappers, soft drink cans, deodorants and blankets.
It would be a big job. But the remaining beautiful timber work, gorgeous light fittings, draped curtains and ornate dressers can be seen through the windows of the locked home.
Developer Kevin Seymour, who has 55 years in property development, insists it can be restored.
By 2023, it could become one of Brisbane’s most authentic tourist additions.
Hundreds of tourists would walk into the wonderful home because it is only a few hundred metres along the Kangaroo Point cliffs from where their bus pulls up. Imagine all that in three years' time.
It is not like your usual residential property that hits the market in Tasmania.