Old times come alive

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Ge­orge Smith

MONTO’S main street is be­ing re­juvinated. The lat­est build­ing to be re­vamped is the old Cen­tral and North Bur­nett Times build­ing, know­nas the old Monto Her­ald build­ing.

It has been sit­ting va­cant since 2004 when the busi­ness moved its Monto base.

Jac­qui Brown has taken the ini­tia­tive to bring the build­ing back to life.

Ms Brown said she was not daunted by what’s in­volved in restor­ing the build­ing and has bro­ken the work into stages.

Her aim is to turn the build­ing into a mu­seum and venue for show­cas­ing arts and crafts.

“I have to get rid of pi­geons be­fore any­thing can be done,” she said. “This build­ing had been de­scribed as a thorn in the side of the com­mu­nity and now it will be­come some­thing of value.”

The build­ing, circa 1938-39, was ini­tially a garage but be­came the home to Monto’s news­pa­pers. Print­ing ceased in 1981 and the busi­ness left in 2004. ■ Do you have any knowl­edge of the his­tory of this build­ing, or some first-hand mem­o­ries? We would like to hear from you at the Monto of­fice or email ge­orge.smith@cnbtimes.com.au.

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

WORKINPROGRESS: Jac­qui Brown knows­restor­ing the old Monto Her­ald build­ing will be hard work.

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