Tom Wyatt is upset that the old railway station at Kershaw Gardens has been left to fall into such disrepair that it is to be pulled down.
Tom Wyatt is upset that the old railway station at Kershaw Gardens has been left to fall into such disrepair that it is to be pulled down. Chris Ison Rokcrail

'Tough step to take'

A ROCKHAMPTON regional councillor with a personal sentimental attachment to the old railway building at Kershaw Gardens says the council did not make the demolition decision lightly.

Sports and Recreation committee chair Cr Cherie Rutherford said the station had a special meaning to her.

She also pointed out it was the North Rockhampton Railway Station and not the Lakes Creek station as reported in Friday's story, which has seen 49 comments on the Morning Bulletin's website.

"My grandfather (Lesley Mathers) was the last station master at the North Rockhampton station," she said.

Cr Rutherford said her sentimental attachment did not play a role in her decision, which she made on behalf of the community.

She disagreed with suggestions the council's decision to demolish, rather than spend $128,000 on repairs, had no "care factor" involved.

"We've had a lot of comment from the community that that's not the best position for a toilet block," Cr Rutherford said.

She said people want the toilet block near the Knight St playground.

"The location now lends itself to vagrants and vandals."

Councillor candidate Tom Wyatt, who was responsible for bringing the old station to the gardens and was outraged by the council's decision, says he has received a number of calls since Friday's story.

"I've had service clubs ring me to take it on as a project," he said.

Mr Wyatt said he was unable to do anything as he was not a councillor, yet.

Cr Rutherford said she personally would like to see a service club take over the building, but ultimately, it was a council decision.



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