HISTORIC MILL: The old Dominion Flour Mill on Kent St will be demolished after a council vote last week. Numerous structural issues have been identified on the site.
HISTORIC MILL: The old Dominion Flour Mill on Kent St will be demolished after a council vote last week. Numerous structural issues have been identified on the site. Alistair Brightman

Iconic Maryborough flour mill set for demolition

ONE of Maryborough's oldest heritage-listed buildings and last remnants of its industrial history is set to be demolished.

Councillors voted 9-2 last week to approve the demolition of the former Dominion Flour Mill and its associated site buildings on Kent St, subject to historic conditions.

Only the boundary fence and entrance archway will be preserved.

It marks an end to one of the Heritage City's longest standing buildings, which has changed hands multiple times throughout its near 120-year history.

Built in 1890 for the Maryborough Milling Company, it was the most northerly flour mill in Australia for its time.

In 1905 it was bought by the The Dominion Milling Company.

Co-operative Milling Association then bought the mill on March 1, 1938 and the mill ceased operation in 1977.

It was then used as a sawmill and second-hand warehouse and has since become a popular tourist attraction for the Heritage City.

But council documents reveal the building is in such poor condition that there was no other option aside from demolition.

"(It) presents immediate public safety concerns and partial or full demolition of the buildings on the site may need to occur," the document read.

Signs warning of structural collapse, asbestos and lead paint have been erected in and around the site in an attempt to warn people of its dangers.

Despite this, the flour mill has been vandalised countless times over the past few years.

 

Fraser Coast mayor George Seymour said it was a shame to demolish a piece of the city's history but said the building was "no longer safe".

"There is no prudent or feasible alternative to demolition," Cr Seymour said.

"I look forward to an application for new buildings on the site, as a historian I hope the new building reflects a connection to the former mill."



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