City banks on vital renovation
THERE is movement at the old Commonwealth Bank building in Adelaide Street, Maryborough.
Scaffolding has gone up and repairs are now in progress.
“They’re repairing the tops of the columns where there has been some movement,” a workman onsite said.
Part of the bank building was fenced off last year after cracks in the foundations became worryingly large.
An engineer told the Chronicle, about four months ago, that the building had been inspected and trees planted nearby were contributing to the problem.
Negotiations were under way with the council to have the trees removed, after which the foundations could be repaired.
The Commonwealth Bank moved to a new location in Adelaide Street in June.
A staff member said the building’s condition was not a major factor in the decision to move.
The building is owned by a NSW couple that is rumoured to have secured a new tenant, but that could not be confirmed yesterday.
Located beside the Maryborough Town Hall Green, the site was once occupied by the city’s second fire station and tower. The fire tower was dismantled in 1942.
The first fire station was a simple shed run by volunteers and the third and current station was built on the corner of Alice and Lennox streets in 1951.