The roof comes off the Gympie High School heritage grandstand yesterday.
The roof comes off the Gympie High School heritage grandstand yesterday. Craig Warhurst

Grandstand preserved for future

WORK has started to save a heritage grandstand that would have otherwise been bulldozed to make way for a new building at Gympie State High School.

With the help of local businesses and the Gympie Junior Rugby League (GJRG) Club, the grandstand is being moved to Jack Stokes Oval so that the structure can be preserved for future use.

GJRL president Ross Groundwater said the community had pulled together to help him save the historic structure.

So far, the project seems to have come in under what Gympie High had budgeted for its removal, after receiving a grant to build a new $1.9 million science and language Centre.

Principal Murray Wegner is pleased the grandstand is saved.

Mr Groundwater said Gympie Building Company dismantled the structure yesterday and Kelly Green Crane Hire came on board to lift the structure on to Masondale Transport trucks, which were moving the building in three pieces to Jack Stokes Oval.

He said local businesses had offered to help remove the structure at good rates.

The initial plan was to move the grandstand for storage at Gympie Regional Council’s Tozer Park depot but Mr Groundwater said storing it at Jack Stokes made better sense or it wouldn’t have to be moved again; council approved the new plan.

“It’s great and good, for not just the junior league club but the whole community,” Mr Groundwater said.

Now the structure will wait at the oval until plans are drawn up for its use and funding is raised.

Mr Groundwater wants to build a rugby league museum under the grandstand but said it would take a lot of work and money.

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