The historic home on Lady Mary Tce was demolished after it was deemed unfit for repair by insurance assessors following a spectacular fire in May that gutted the main building.
The historic home on Lady Mary Tce was demolished after it was deemed unfit for repair by insurance assessors following a spectacular fire in May that gutted the main building. Renee Pilcher

The old girl is gone

THE remains of a historic home on Lady Mary Tce, destroyed by fire in May, were demolished yesterday.

A structural engineer inspected the building at the request of insurers and it was determined that all aspects of the original structure needed to be removed along with the linings of the old doctor's surgery attached to the rear of the building - the only section of the building that remains standing.

This area had been used as office space by the building's occupiers at the time, Choice Support Services.

And while it was not destroyed by fire, the walls were badly damaged by smoke and water.

One of the country's leading integrated property solutions providers, Paynter Dixon, has been authorised to commence demolition by insurers after checking for any remaining asbestos not removed during extensive renovations undertaken by Choice before the fire.

The Choice Management Committee was not in a position to advise on the future of the site, owned by the Department of Communities, but was considering the future needs of service users, the community and funding requirements before making any decisions.

"It is unclear whether the Newman Government will honour future commitments made under the Supporting Recovery Mental Health Community Services Plan 2011-2017 as funding previously held by the Department of Communities, Community Mental Health has been handed back to Queensland Health," Choice general manager Sue Deacon said.

Choice support workers are available at Skill Centred and by phone on 5482 1805.

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