Panorama House re­prieve Dead­line ex­tended

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Natalie Wynne wynne@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

THROW­ING Panorama House a fi­nal life­line, Townsville City Coun­cil yes­ter­day al­lowed an­other six weeks for po­ten­tial in­vestors to come for­ward in an at­tempt to save the his­toric build­ing.

The Cas­tle Hill land­mark would re­quire more than $ 1 mil­lion to bring it up to safety stan­dards.

Coun­cil­lor Jenny Hill said ev­ery pos­si­bil­ity must be ex­hausted be­fore the build­ing was de­mol­ished.

‘‘ It’s got six weeks be­fore they ( coun­cil) com­plete the ten­der process for de­mo­li­tion,’’ she said.

‘‘ If I can bring to the ta­ble a part­ner­ship ar­range­ment with a builder and an in­vestor to try and save that build­ing I will.

‘‘ We’re go­ing to try and get a pre­lim­i­nary look into the build­ing, if it ap­pears that it can be saved it may very well be t hat t his group can put some­thing to­gether in the next cou­ple of weeks that I can bring back to coun­cil.

‘‘ If not, if the builders and en­gi­neers don’t think it’s safe then it’s a pity to lose such a fan­tas­tic icon of the city.’’

A com­mer­cial vi­a­bil­ity re­port card in­di­cated the site wasn’t fea­si­ble to rent out to a third party while a re­port tabled at the coun­cil’s most re­cent in­fra­struc­ture com­mit­tee meet­ing in­di­cated re­cent dam­age ruled out the op­tion of the site be­ing used by a com­mu­nity group.

Townsville Mayor Les Tyrell said while he would love to see the build­ing sur­vive, the dam­age was just too ex­ten­sive.

‘‘ There was an added $ 300,000 worth of dam­age from Cy­clone Yasi so we’ll pro­ceed to go to ten­der for de­mo­li­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘ It’s been pub­lic knowl­edge for some time we were keen to at­tract at­ten­tion from the com­mer­cial com­mu­nity.’’

Cr Tyrell was scep­ti­cal any suit­able in­vestors would come for­ward in the next few weeks but was keep­ing an open mind to the pos­si­bil­ity.

‘‘ Put a propo­si­tion to us and we con­sider that,’’ he said.

Deputy Mayor David Crisa­fulli agreed with the mayor, say­ing he’d be happy to see the land­mark live on.

‘‘ If there’s a pos­si­ble good out­come let’s hear about it,’’ he said.


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