Panorama House reprieve Deadline extended
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.