Termites chew up gallery plan at old theatre



WHITE ants have chewed up Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Ltd's hopes to use the old Mt Larcom Civic Theatre as an art gallery and museum.

In a letter appearing under the GAPDL letterhead, and representing the Mt Larcom Museum, Gallery and Creative Arts steering committee, Calliope Shire Council was asked to support a request for land to accommodate 'The Gallery'.

Among options suggested to achieve the group's aims was the purchase and restoration of the old theatre.

However, council did not support the suggestion.

"The building is infested with white ants and the only option for the building was demolition,'' chief executive officer Graeme Kanofski told councillors at a recent meeting.

However,the council agreed it was possible that land may be available as a site for a shed or relocated building to serve as a museum, gallery and creative art centre between the Mt Larcom Rural Transaction Centre and the Mt Larcom Hall.

The group's spokeswoman Jo Williams said it was possible the group could relocate a Targinnie building in the State Development Area to the site to be used as The Gallery.

The council decided to liaise with the group toward establishing the proposed facility.



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