TAKING A STAND: Ray Howson believes the neighbourhood centre should be saved from demolition.
TAKING A STAND: Ray Howson believes the neighbourhood centre should be saved from demolition. Alexia Austin

Building at centre of demolition talks

THE neighbourhood centre that has stood watch on the corner of Quintin and Bowen Sts for years is in jeopardy of demolition.

Maranoa Regional Council, the current owner of the centre, is considering alternate uses for the building due to maintenance and tenanting issues.

The council moved a resolution on Wednesday to incorporate a $120,000 demolition fee for the precinct into budget preparations. During another meeting on June 5, the council discussed using the plot as a carpark.

In light of the news, residents have taken to social media to voice their concerns.

"There is a lot of community comment saying it's a community asset that needs to be retained,” resident Ray Howson said.

"The council should be looking after our assets, not demolishing them.

"They believe there is a need for more parking for larger vehicles, like caravans - but to me, that is a major intersection and it would be difficult to access.”

Mr Howson said many residents mirrored this sentiment, questioning the expenditure and the need for another carpark.

"I think the council needs to justify the spend to the community,” he said.

"Some community groups still don't have permanent locations for their meetings - and once it's gone, it's gone.”

A council spokesperson said the plan had been discussed due to the state of the building.

"Council was approached by four community groups in relation to tenanting the building,” the spokesperson said.

"Given the costs to repair the building were too high, tenanting the building was not approved by council.

"However the regional police service was approved to use it as a training ground in its current form.”

The spokesperson also said an attempt had been made to sell the building but to no avail.

"Council received one submission that was below market level, therefore selling at this time was not in the best interest of ratepayers,” they said.

The future of the building is still under consideration, with council planning to place the centre back on the market for a period of two months.


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