Closure of the footpath outside Plumb's Chambers in Warwick yesterday.
Closure of the footpath outside Plumb's Chambers in Warwick yesterday. Jeremy Sollars

Call to relocate Plumb's Chambers

A POTENTIAL compromise, one that involves a relocation akin to that of the former Wesley Church to The Scots PGC College, has been raised to break the deadlock over Plumb's Chambers.

Numbers 82 and 84 Fitzroy St, regarded as the oldest shops in Queensland, are awaiting their fate from McConaghy Group director Robert McConaghy.

The developer has state government permission to demolish 82 Fitzroy St, as long as number 84 is renovated but, as yet, no work has begun.

Wanting to see something done with the famous buildings, Cr Jo McNally said she would like to see it moved brick by brick, if the idea was feasible.

"It was actually my mother's idea - she obviously wants to see the shopping centre go ahead like most and she thought they moved the church, why can't they move Plumb's Chambers," Cr McNally said.

"It would preserve the history. Her idea would be to have it as an information centre and maybe have some history about the shop as a teaser and send people up to Pringle Cottage from there."

The Palmerin St side of Leslie Park or in the vicinity of Pringle Cottage, if room, were Cr McNally's chosen spots to relocate the building.

"I'd just like to see something where both sides are happy," she said.

"A specialist would have to look at it - but people thought the church couldn't be moved and they moved it."

Mr McConaghy, who funded the relocation of the former Wesley Church from its former home at the corner of Grafton and Guy sts, refused to comment on the idea.

Canning Downs owner John Barnes, who has long been a voice for the preservation of the buildings, said the idea was unviable.

"The buildings are part of the streetscape on the southern side of Fitzroy St, which includes the court house and police station," he said.

"Moving them would spoil the parkland at Leslie Park and be lost from the southern streetscape with a truck loading bay located from whence they were removed."

More importantly, Mr Barnes said the bricks at 82 Fitzroy St could not be dismantled and removed.

"The bricks are too soft. The remarkable thing is they are in such good condition," he said.

"I can imagine many people who would visit Warwick just to have a coffee in the oldest shop in Queensland.

"Not a soul would report back to their friends that they saw a truck loading bay."

Engineer Bob Lane, of Osborn Lane Consulting Engineers, said without a current inspection of the building, he could not give an opinion on whether the building could be moved.


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