BIG MOVE: Les Schloss,Roslyn Gregor, Victor Maxwell and Len Buchanan, Cheryl Dalton and Reg McCallum in front of the old community health building.
BIG MOVE: Les Schloss,Roslyn Gregor, Victor Maxwell and Len Buchanan, Cheryl Dalton and Reg McCallum in front of the old community health building. Contributed

Hospital building moves to a new home

NANANGO residents may have noticed some rather large cargo being transported through their streets last week.

The precious load was two buildings from the Nanango Hospital on their way to their new home at the Nanango Showgrounds.

The buildings known as the seamstress building and the old end of the community health building had been scheduled to be demolished to provide better access at the hospital for patients and visitors.

But discussions between the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service,Nanango Show Society, Nanango Historical Society and Nanango MP Mrs Deb Frecklington produced an even better outcome.

DDHHS Board member Cheryl Dalton said the move was a win for both the hospital and Nanango.

"The relocation of the buildings will give the hospital more parking space as well as better building entry and exit points to meet disability access requirements,” she said

"However, given the history of the buildings, it is great that they can be kept in the town for future generations to visit and enjoy.”

The building makes it's way slowly through town.Contributed
ON THE MOVE: The building makes its way slowly through town. Contributed

Mrs Frecklington said the work of all parties to come up with a great solution.

"The Nanango Historical Society contacted me when they learnt these hospital buildings were to be removed. I agreed with them that it was important to preserve this piece of Nanango's history,” she said.

"I took the opportunity to contact the hospital Board and negotiate the buildings being moved to the Nanango Showgrounds.

"It is excellent this has been achieved and these buildings will remain for the use of the Nanango community for many more years to come.”

Nanango Historical Society president Roslyn Gregor said she was thrilled about the move.

"Nanango was such a big timber town so it's great to be able to preserve these old timber buildings,” she said.

The smaller of the two buildings will be set up as as show society office while the larger former community health building will be meeting rooms.