Time to tidy up bus terminal
NORTH Rockhampton’s discarded McCafferty’s bus terminal on Musgrave Street could become a testing ground for council’s recently-adopted overgrown and unsightly allotment laws.
That’s if Rockhampton Regional councillor Tony Williams gets his way.
On Friday, Cr Williams labelled the vacated site as the “north side’s Churches’” building, and called on its owners to tidy it up.
He said concerned nearby residents had contacted him complaining about the eyesore.
Squatters are regularly staying inside the trashed building, where the windows have been smashed, furniture broken and the floor is covered with overgrown grass and pigeon muck.
Cr Williams said council had adopted the former Mount Morgan authority’s policy on overgrown and unsightly allotments.
Under this local law, council can issue an on-the-spot infringement notice of $200, or a penalty of up to $2000 may be payable if council chooses to prosecute through the court system.
Cr Williams wants council to apply this law.
He said the site was in a high-profile location with more than 20,000 vehicles passing by daily.
“We’re seeing so many new buildings in the Rockhampton region move forward, that it’s disappointing to see this left derelict,” Cr Williams said.
“This is such a prominent location you would think something could be done here to move forward.
“I don’t know what the owner wants to do here in the long term.”
A resident, who asked not to be named, said he was concerned people would hurt themselves with all the broken glass lying around the place.
The site is fenced off.
The owner of the site has to pay rates.
McCafferty’s Greyhound relocated from the north side to its current George Street site, on the city’s south side, several years ago.