Have your say on future of original Veresdale Scrub school

The original Veresdale Scrub State School building.
The original Veresdale Scrub State School building.

Meetings for the community to have its say about the future of Veresdale Scrub’s original school building will be held on 6 and 11 August.

It comes after residents and State Member Jon Krause called for consultation on the future of the 123-year-old building after an engineer’s report in August 2021 found it was ‘in poor condition and currently not fit-for-purpose’.

In a flyer delivered to some residents on 22 July, the Department of Education outlined options to restore the building at a cost of $1 million or replace it for $2 million as part of broader planned renewal works at the school.

The flyer identified two options for the future of the building, which is now used for administration.

Option 1 is for the current building to be restored at a cost of more than $1 million.

“Under option 1, restoration would be required because the current building does not meet Building Code of Australia standards,” the flyer said.

“A heritage assessment has determined the building is not impacted by heritage constraints as it has seen considerable change – particularly the enclosure of its verandas, the demolition of a verandah wall, an extension, and the loss of most original doors and windows.”

Option 2 is to replace the current building for more than $2 million.

“Option 2 delivers an opportunity for facility upgrades to provide a fit-for-purpose, new administration block that supports the delivery of contemporary education. The building would include a designated entry foyer and administration area, student sick bay and separate staff planning areas,” the flyer said.

“The new building would be designed sympathetic to the current school environment and aesthetic. A heritage assessment of the current administration building has determined its removal under Option Two is not impacted by heritage constraints.”

Information sessions will be on Saturday 6 August, 10am to midday and Thursday 11 August, 3pm to 5pm at Veresdale Scrub State School Hall, 354 Veresdale Scrub State School Road.

Feedback can also be given at https://veresdalescrubss.eq.edu.au/facilities/school-grounds-and-classrooms or by emailing infrastructure.haveyoursay@qed.qld.gov.au

Feedback can be provided until 11.59pm, Sunday 14 August 2022.

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