The first stage of works to revive Toowoomba’s historic Railway Goods Shed is under way as part of the broader Railway Parklands Priority Development Area Development Scheme.
Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio said the contract for the rectification, construction and fitout works had been awarded to Toowoomba-based Newlands Group.
The first stage of works is expected to be completed in November, weather and building conditions permitting.
“Initial work, including temporary propping and asbestos removal to make the Railway Goods Shed structure safe was completed late last year, paving the way for these rectification works,” Cr Antonio said.
Mayor Antonio said works would cover repairs to the shed structure including the heritage fabric, installation of services to the site, provision of car parking and minimal fitout work.
“More extensive internal fitout will be carried out in the future as demand for the restored facility increases,” he said.
The $10 million Railway Goods Shed project is 50 per cent funded by the Queensland Government’s Building our Regions program and 50 per cent funded by council, with $3.175 million allocated in 2017/18 for the project.
“Council considers the Railway Goods Shed renovation to be a catalytic project that will bring significant economic and social benefits to the city over time,” Cr Antonio said.
“The project will help to drive growth in the wider Priority Development Area from Victoria St to Bridge St in coming decades. The Goods Shed has been part of the landscape of the railway precinct for more than a century and these works will help turn the long-dormant shed into a vibrant hub for the community and business over time.”