Schoolhouse will be lost without investment: residents

IT is one of only two community buildings in Springside and although the schoolhouse is still beautiful to behold, it is in urgent need of repair.

That was the message from Springside Progress Association president Peter Thomas when he asked Orange City Council for help repairing the Cadia Road building. 

“It’s pretty much in original condition,” he said. 

“It needs repairs to the roof, floors, external weatherboarding, internal layouts and outbuildings.”

Mr Thomas said the building also lacked disabled access, proper toilets and heating, making it difficult to use for public functions. 

He said the association had spent $20,000 so far on restorations and more on essential repairs. 

“That amounts to pretty much 50 per cent of our income over four years and it’s a drop in the ocean,” he said. 

Without the major repairs, this 140-year-old house is going to be lost.

Peter Thomas

Mr Thomas said the association was the Crown trustee and had unsuccessfully applied for grants.

“We were told we need proper drawings, approvals and at least three competitive tenders,” he said. 

He said the reports would cost about $24,000 and suggested a small grant or in-kind support from the council.

“Without the major repairs, this 140-year-old house is going to be lost to the community,” he said. 

To have your say on council donations as part of the draft budget, visit by 5pm on Tuesday.


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