New start for old clas­sic

Rocky home to turn into health clinic

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS - Shayla Bul­loch Shayla.Bul­loch@cap­

NEW life is set to be breathed into a quaint Rock­hamp­ton home af­ter de­vel­op­ment plans see a ma­jor trans­for­ma­tion. Rock­hamp­ton Re­gional coun­cil­lors moved a mo­tion in yes­ter­day’s Planning and Reg­u­la­tory Meet­ing to give the 77-year-old home new life as a health clinic.

The prop­erty was sold to ap­pli­cant, Robert Virtue, in 2015, un­der­go­ing some ren­o­va­tions a few months af­ter the ini­tial sale.

The 809sq m block cur­rently boasts a “main­tained” stilted Queens­lan­der and large back­yard. De­vel­op­ment sketches re­veal plans to main­tain the ex­ist­ing house as a pri­vate dwelling.

Un­der­neath the house is set to be en­closed and show­case an open-plan re­cep­tion area, two con­sult­ing rooms and re­stroom and a pri­vate store­room.

Coun­cil­lor Ellen Smith (pic­tured) said the “beau­ti­fully pre­sented house” would be a great place for a pri­vate clinic.

The bou­tique clinic is ex­pected to treat an exclusive clien­tele with de­vel­op­ments al­ready un­der way. The ap­pli­ca­tion was moved by coun­cil­lors yes­ter­day and will be dis­cussed in the next or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing.

❝The house would be a great place for a pri­vate clinic.


NEW FU­TURE: The dwelling at 244 Can­ning St is set to be turned into a health clinic. In­set: The floor plan for the new clinic.

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