Demolition for historic grandstand
THE termite-ridden Slade School grandstand on Weewondilla Road is set to be demolished next week.
After Southern Downs Regional Council building inspectors assessed it earlier this year, they considered the options and decided the damage meant it was no longer considered safe and repairing the structure is considered unviable.
Mayor Ron Bellingham said the building had a bad infestation of termites and had suffered severe damage as a result.
“Although the building has been treated for termites and there does not appear to be any current termite activity, the damage has already been done to the point where the building is considered unsafe,” Cr Bellingham said.
“We have a situation where floor joists under the seating have been considerably attacked and would not be capable of carrying the necessary loads associated with a grandstand.
“Two of four timber columns supporting the front of the grandstand have also been attacked and the damage to these is considered severe, as more than one third of the cross section of the columns is affected.”
Cr Bellingham said while demolition of the grandstand was sad from an historical viewpoint, community safety was paramount.
Local contractor MBC Constructions will undertake the demolition work.
Built by the Old Boys’ Association in 1937
The grandstand cost £400
It was opened by the Governor of Queensland, Sir Leslie Wilson on Speech Day, December 7, 1937