Looking for volunteers to paint the Emu Park School of Arts building are Emu Park Historical Museum Society’ Ruby Cummins and volunteer Doug.
Looking for volunteers to paint the Emu Park School of Arts building are Emu Park Historical Museum Society’ Ruby Cummins and volunteer Doug. Allan Reinikka

Volunteers needed for restoration

IT'S the oldest building still on its original site in Emu Park, but if you ask Barry Maslen, the Emu Park School of Arts is a bit of an eyesore.

"Every time I go past it is such an eyesore, overgrown with weeds and paint peeling off," the Emu Park resident said yesterday.

"I don't live far from it and it is a shame to see it in disrepair."

Ruby Cummins, president of the Emu Park Historical Museum Society, which is current trustee of the building, said their focus had been on building a new maritime museum on a site near the School of Arts and it had taken a lot longer than expected.

With finances in place to build the maritime museum, including a Queensland government grant, they were just waiting to get the final approval from Rockhampton Regional Council to proceed.

"We think we are almost home and hosed," Ruby said. "It has taken miles longer than we dared to think."

Because of their devotion to the new project Ruby admitted the School of Arts had been pretty much neglected, but it was in that condition when they became trustees.

Their lease expires in February 2016.

In 2009 a campaign was started by other Emu Park residents in an attempt to save the building.

Ruby said the building had been levelled to allow further restorative work and the chimneys were repaired.

Most recently an outside wall had been partly painted, but Ruby said it was a lack of volunteers able to do the job that was the problem in getting it finished.

"The paint is there if someone wants to come along and volunteer to help."



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