Presbytery to be pulled down
A NOTABLE part of Wandal's past is being pulled down.
The demolition of the presbytery next to St Vincent's Church on Meade Street, believed to have been built in the 1920s, began about a month ago. Rockhampton South Parish Assistant Priest Father Matthew Moloney said the presbytery was being taken down because it didn't meet workplace, health and safety standards and they couldn't financially afford to bring it up to the code.
"We've been in discussions for the past two years, and Rockhampton South Parish brought in a consultant to see what the cost of repair would be,'' he said.
"It was going to cost in the order of $160,000 to $170,000. "That was just to stabilise it, restump it and fix up the dry rot.
"No-one has lived in the building for quite a few years and it has not been used as an office for at least 12 months.
"Financially we simply couldn't do that.''
Father Moloney said the demolition of the building was expected to finish in the next fortnight.
"The site is going to be a parish and school car park to increase safety for parents, children and parishioners,'' he said.
"We looked at a lot of issues, but safety was the underlying factor.