Many records were destroyed when an arsonist set fire to Maryborough City Hall in 1990.
Many records were destroyed when an arsonist set fire to Maryborough City Hall in 1990.

Business has no property records

A MARYBOROUGH couple trying to buy a CBD business was shocked to discover the council has no property records relating to the business – after the couple had already paid a fee of around $200 for a council search.

“The building with the business in it has been in Adelaide Street for 27 years but as far as the council is concerned, the building doesn’t exist,” the woman, who asked not to be named, said yesterday.

“So assuming we might get a better result through a solicitor we paid a firm in town about $600 but again we were more than a little annoyed to find they could achieve no more satisfactory result.”

The Chronicle asked the council why it didn’t have any records on the business and was told that in Maryborough the council only has records available for buildings or structures built after 1980.

The woman said that while waiting for the results from the solicitor, she contacted a local councillor for his help.

“Although he was very courteous, he could do no better. It seems that council just didn’t want people to ask questions about property that is of considerable age.”

The Chronicle returned to the council spokesman to ask if there had ever been any records and if so what happened to them.

“We think that when someone set fire to City Hall in 1990 either water or smoke damaged the records. A lot of damage was done to the chamber and the arsonist was caught and jailed.

“Now in both Hervey Bay and Maryborough we keep property records electronically and on paper but in Maryborough they only exist after 1980.”

The woman said she would have appreciated the council being honest about the lack of records and advising her rather than taking her money to do a search of something it knew did not exist.



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