The lookout tower of Maryborough’s Old Fire Station was last week inspected by Central Goldfields Shire Council, as there is growing concern the timber structure is no longer stable, and therefore a safety issue.
The inspection of the tower was organised following observations that the structure had begun to lean towards the main building.
This has raised concern that the structure could fall.
The tower was built in the 1880s and has been subject to all manner of weather conditions.
The weakening of the timber section is simply a result of time.
Central Goldfields Shire councillor, Geoff Lovett assures the community that council will take every step necessary to protect community safety and preserve the heritage structure.
“The Old Fire Station is an iconic structure for Central Goldfields Shire, and council naturally wants to ensure its preservation. “The most important matter however is the community’s safety. “If the inspection report determines the structure needs to be removed temporarily, then that is what council will do. “Whatever happens in the immediate term, the community can be assured the necessary works will be undertaken to restore and maintain the structure,” Cr Lovett said.