Death knell sounds for School
THE old brass-hinged timber doors at the Biloela School of Arts will no longer swing open to welcome the public.
Last week, a sombre Banana Shire Council quietly but unanimously voted that the historic building be sold for removal or demolition.
In April the School of Arts complex was closed after an inspection revealed a ceiling beam was severed and split, making it unsafe for public use.
Tapsell Consulting Engineering reported further significant damage in the ceiling, including three more split beams.
Tapsells advised the council it would cost $620,000 to repair, although the building was only valued at $78,000. The council could not justify spending so much on repair work.
The Department of Environment and Resource Management owns the land.