Eyesore okay, says new council report

IT IS arguably Rockhampton's biggest eyesore, but no action can be taken against the owners of the rundown Church's Build- ings, a new report has found.

Commissioned by Rockhamp- ton City Council on the request of Cr Stephen Schwarten, the re- port found the Fitzroy Street buildings, owned by the Church family, was not in breach of the Building Act 1975.

Under the act, a local author- ity can serve notice on a building owner if a building is considered dangerous, dilapidated, unfit for use or occupation or is filthy, in- fected with disease or infested with vermin.

In his report, the council's en- vironmental services director Gavin Steele said: "Council offi- cers state that whilst the build- ing is old and not cosmetically appealing, it appears structural- ly sound and of similar condition to adjoining buildings of similar vintage.''

Cr Schwarten said he was dis- appointed the council did not do more: "We should be putting more pressure on them (owners) to do something,'' he said.

The only plans so far present- ed have been conceptual.

Building co-owner Michael Church is out of the country and was not available for comment yesterday.



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