Sawmill is too costly to keep
HISTORIC Elgin Vale sawmill would cost Gympie Region ratepayers a pretty penny to maintain if it was heritage listed.
Yesterday Mayor Ron Dyne said maintaining and securing the sawmill, which is currently used as a museum and run by Gympie Regional Council, would be very costly.
A bid to get the steam powered Elgin Vale Sawmill on the state's Heritage Register was met with resistance by council, which sent off a submission pointing out reasons why it shouldn't be on the list.
Cr Dyne said council would prefer not to have the sawmill – built in 1944 and located along Manumbar Road – heritage listed.
And at a recent meeting councillors voted to make further submissions to the Queensland Heritage Council in relation to council's position on the issue.
“People need to start to prioritise (what they want to save),” Cr Dyne said.
The Mayor said it was fine to try and save all the heritage structures in the region but council couldn't always afford to do so.
Cr Dyne said most heritage valued buildings were wooden, which was expensive to upkeep.
“By the time we add together all the bridges and sawmills and WoodWorks, people need to understand it comes at a fairly substantial price to maintain them.”
Elgin Vale Sawmill was identified for possible listing as part of a statewide heritage survey carried out by The Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM).
The Queensland Heritage Council will make a final decision on whether the mill is heritage listed.