Schotia Place façade to receive some TLC

Schotia Place in Rockhampton CBD is set to receive some attention to restore the historic building’s distinctive façade.

Works on Schotia Place will begin on April 1 and are expected to take two months. Barricades, scaffolding, and a traffic management plan will be in place throughout the works. All walkways and entrances will remain operational.

Rockhampton Regional Mayor Margaret Strelow said that the 120-year old building holds an important place in our region’s history, which Council is committed to preserving.

“Schotia Place was first designed for the Rockhampton Municipal Council, and opened as a retail market building in 1899,” said Mayor Strelow.

“Since then, this building has been part of our region’s social, commercial, and civic life.

“It has been a Naval Brigade Office, an office for army recruitment, a refuge for people affected by flooding, an office for Council and Government departments, and even a space for classes.

“Since 1974 the building has been a community centre for senior citizens, and it is the headquarters of the ever-popular Rockhampton Senior Citizens Club.

“The Schotia Place works, which we are undertaking with advice from Australian Heritage Specialists, will include façade repairs, minor repairs to side and rear elevations, and some repainting.

“These works will ensure that the building is conserved and protected, and continues to be serve an important role in our community.”

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