Ross Groundwater hopes he can save the historic grandstand.
Ross Groundwater hopes he can save the historic grandstand. Renee Pilcher

'Save historic school grandstand'

TIME is running out to save a historic grandstand located at Gympie State High School (GSHS).

When Gympie Junior Rugby League President Ross Groundwater heard the grandstand had to make way for a new science and language centre at the school, he decided to try and save the iconic building.

He wrote to Gympie Regional Council asking for their in-principle support to help move the grandstand to Jack Stokes Oval.

But because there was a lot of work to be done at the junior field, Mr Groundwater hoped that council could move and store the structure somewhere while funds were raised to prepare the grounds.

“When I read the article I realised if we don’t do something the grandstand would probably get demolished,” he said.

Mr Groundwater has his own fond memories of the grandstand from when he was a GSHS student.

“It would be a real shame if it were knocked down.”

There is only just over a week until school holidays, when work will start on the new school building and if there is no plan builders will pull it down and scrap it.

This week councillors agreed to offer in principle support for the initiative and following subsequent talks with Mr Groundwater, Cr Ian Petersen said he would raise the issue again next week in council, due to the short time frame.

A possible location for the storage of the grandstand is council’s Tozer Park Depot across from GSHS.

Mr Groundwater said he had a “grand plan” for the grandstand.

He would like to develop a rugby league museum and if the grandstand was raised a museum would go nicely underneath.

GSHS principal Murray Wegner said he was happy the grandstand may be saved.

“We are confident we can help defray some of the costs of dismantling,” he said.

Mr Groundwater wants anyone interested in helping to call him at Tyrepower on 5482 5466.

Gympie Times


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