Town hall lift nears completion
NOVEMBER 25 is the day Gympie will be able to ride up in an elevator and watch councillors in Gympie's Town Hall.
Well that's what Gympie Regional Mayor Ron Dyne hopes.
He said the lift should be fully installed by then.
The housing for the lift has already been built and now OTIS employees are building the actual lift inside the shaft.
Fitter Paul Jarrett said parts of the lift had been winched up the shaft and assembled adjacent to the new meeting
The Gold Coast OTIS employee said most of the heavy stuff had been installed and the floor and roof of the lift was put together.
He said the walls needed to be installed and the electrics, then the lift would be tested, but he thought his part of the project would take another two weeks.
The inside of the lift would then be fitted out by another company.
With a 400kg motor the lift can carry 17 people at a time and don't worry there is a Gympie technician who can help if something goes awry.
If all goes to plan councillors will say goodbye to the Old Bank Building with a final Planning and Development Committee meeting on November 18.
Then the old meeting chambers will be converted into office space for council staff.
“I personally think it's a great idea. It's a terrific meeting room. It should be utilised, the acoustics are good and it's a great building,” Cr Dyne said.
Council staff were putting the finishing touches on the meeting room yesterday, wiring computers and updating furniture.
So far the project is on budget.