The Slade School grandstand will be knocked down next week.
The Slade School grandstand will be knocked down next week.

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.

History

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



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