Landmark poppet head termite-ated
A LANDMARK at the gateway to Gympie is being demolished due to extensive termite damage.
The poppet head structure, believed to have been built more than 40 years ago as a tourist attraction next to the miners statue, operated as an information centre before being renovated into a restaurant.
The building has changed hands many times over the years. It was a Mexican restaurant in the 80s, and before its demise was a great little diner called CJs.
After a thorough inspection of the building it was revealed that it contained structural and moisture damage caused by termites and other irreparable problems.
These would have cost Gympie Regional Council and ratepayers a considerable amount to rectify.
From these findings a report was put to council and it was resolved in July last year that the building would be demolished as soon as practicable.
Maleny-based company, Safe Asbestos Management, was awarded the contract and the demolition is expected to be completed tomorrow.
Initially the site will allow for increased tourism information parking and long vehicle/caravan parking.
Investigations are being conducted into how the site can be best configured to compliment the other existing uses of the site.