Property not run-down enough
THE derelict property on the corner of Wood and Wallace Sts is not quite run-down enough for the Southern Downs Regional Council to step in, but Mayor Peter Blundell said he was working to get it cleaned up.
Environment and Planning director Ken Harris said while there was some damage and broken glass, it was not "serious" enough that the council could take action under the building control legislation.
"The building has to be in a dangerous state of disrepair before council has any jurisdiction," he said.
Mr Harris said the council staff had inspected the derelict site yesterday.
"This property has been regularly inspected because of complaints and was reinspected (yesterday)," he said.
Mr Harris said the council did have the power to impose fines on property owners under certain circumstances.
"Council can impose on-the-spot fines and the adopted practice of council is that if an issue of an overgrown allotment comes to our attention the owner gets served a notice to clean the block.
"The current condition of the property does not contravene the provisions of overgrown allotments.
"The provisions are designed to deal with properties which may be a hazard or vermin harbourage, but they don't ensure a manicured appearance."
Cr Blundell said the site was of concern.
"I am very concerned at the condition of the building at the corner of Wood and Wallace Sts," he said.
"As has been mentioned, this is an extremely prominent intersection within the Warwick township, on the junction of two national highways.
"Council is restricted in the action that it can take in relation to the appearance of the building.
"Having said that, I will be working with the owner or owners of the building to try to address the sad and sorry state of this site, as it most certainly is not in keeping with the image of Warwick that we want to portray and promote."
- The application to turn the former petrol station and bus terminal into a bottle shop was approved in 2009.
- The approval is subject to conditions set out by Main Roads.