GRAHAM HOUSE: The old building will be demolished.
GRAHAM HOUSE: The old building will be demolished. Michael Nolan

New $2.6 million building for Graham House

IT'S out with the old, in with a new building for Graham House Community Centre.

After 28 years in the Murgon building that is now 104 years old, the community centre is getting brand new facilities worth $2.6 million, but manager Linda O'Hare is not sure when it's all going to happen.

The Queensland Government awarded the new $2.6 million building, but it has to go through several processes until the old building is demolished and a new one built.

Mrs O'Hare said the building needed repairs that would cost about $800,000 and still would not make it fit for purpose.

"There are a lot of problems with the building,” she said.

"(the new one) It's going to be wonderful, we rent other premises and have staff sitting in another building we pay rent on.”

Before Graham House started using the building it had a plethora of uses.

It was used as a private residence, a hospital, a hostel and then to accommodate workers who built the Boondooma Dam pipeline before Graham House started.

The building has seen it all, in fact Graham House's Vice President was born in the building when it was a hospital.

It could be 12 months before the building is demolished, but the community is being given the chance to say goodbye at an afternoon tea at Graham House tomorrow, September 28, starting at 2pm. For more information phone 41682828.

South Burnett


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