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A bewildering mix of local and state agencies, councils, government bodies, local planning instruments and environmental controls mean determined developers can drive a wide-shovelled bulldozer through preservation laws.

“Profit-driven developers and Asian buyers in search of ‘trophy’ homes are responsible for the rapid disappearance of these dwellings,” says Almeida.

Buyers worried about unsuitable redevelopments should employ a town planner to check land titles or contact the local council, says Daren McDonald, a partner with ShineWing Australia, which advises property developers. …

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