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Maryborough Admin building reaches end of working life

20 December, 2018

Fraser Coast Regional Council is on the hunt for a new home for its Maryborough office workers after an independent engineering report found the administration building in Kent Street had reached the end of its working life.

Mayor George Seymour said the Council had commissioned a structural report after defects were found during the installation of a new air conditioning system earlier this year.

“The report concludes that the 50-year-old building has a number of structural defects, as well as requiring a new air-conditioning system and upgrades to the water supply and sanitary drainage, electrical systems and the removal of asbestos,” he said.

“The engineers concluded that the building has reached the end of its usable design life and Council should consider decommissioning the building.

“Council will now have to decide what to do with the building, but whatever the outcome, we will maintain a presence in the CBD.

“The exact future of the Kent Street site will be determined following discussion and feedback with residents based around the needs of Council to provide services and meet community expectations.

“It is a unique opportunity for Council and a unique opportunity for Maryborough.

“There has been extensive revitalisation work occurring in the Maryborough CBD over the past decade, with Council completing a $2.5 million project along Bazaar Street earlier this month.

“The development of a new Council administration building in the Maryborough CBD will help further stimulate investment and the revitalisation of the city centre.”

Council staff that previously worked in the Kent Street administration building are currently scattered across numerous temporary office spaces in Maryborough.

Recommendations on the future of the Kent Street site and for the development of a new Maryborough administration building will come to Council in early 2019.