The century-old roof on Maryborough City Hall will be fully replaced by the end of the year.
The century-old roof on Maryborough City Hall will be fully replaced by the end of the year. Karleila Thomsen

Lifting the lid on city’s past

IT’S A case of back to the future on top of Maryborough City Hall as the old lady is fitted with a shiny new hairpiece.

21st Century corrugated iron will replace corrugated iron from the early 1900s as the $132,000 job to replace the city hall roof continues until the end of December.

Only adverse weather – and temperatures have soared during the past five days – will prevent the job’s completion by the turn of the year.

Hands On Roofing, a roofing company based in Mena Creek near Atherton, is carrying out the extensive repair work including re-roofing both side verandas and the main auditorium, repairing one section of the front part of the roof and a small section over the reception room.

Nine companies, including one Fraser Coast company, tendered for the project with prices ranging up to $500,000.

“While the council would always prefer to employ Fraser Coast companies to carry out work, it was obliged under the council’s procurement policy to secure best value for ratepayers,” Lisa Desmond, organisational services director of the Fraser Coast council, said.

“In this case the contract was awarded to a supplier outside the region due to the significant price variation.”

Ms Desmond said the old galvanised corrugated iron had given the city good service for 70 years and was being replaced with the same galvanised corrugated iron to comply with heritage-listing requirements.

Department of Environment and Resource Management approval was necessary for the project because the City Hall is heritage-listed.



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