Wauchope Historical Society needs help to save old school building

PRESERVING THE OLD TIMBER SCHOOLHOUSE: Wauchope District Historical Society needs money and a site to relocate this piece of our town's past.
PRESERVING THE OLD TIMBER SCHOOLHOUSE: Wauchope District Historical Society needs money and a site to relocate this piece of our town's past.

Wauchope District Historical Society needs help and money to save a century-old school building.

The State government is offering the society the chance to relocate the old Block Six building proposed for demolition at Wauchope Public School, with a tight deadline, at a cost of $425,000.

NSW Department of Education engaged a further structural assessment which found the building to be in a condition that is suitable for relocation.

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Extensive preparation work would be needed, including removing the existing asbestos eaves lining, demolishing the chimneys and dismantling the roof.

“The building could be gifted to the WDHS to assume ownership and operation into the future,” said a spokesperson, in a letter to the society president, Jean Hegarty.

The historical society would be responsible for all costs associated with preparation, transport and re-establishment of Block Six, which has been indicatively costed at $425,282.  All other costs associated with the insurances, statutory approvals, fees, levies, refurbishment and future operations at the alternative site would also become the full responsibility of the WDHS.

“The program for these works remains critical to achieve the outcomes required for Wauchope Public School,” continued the letter.

“If the WDHS were agreeable to taking ownership of Block Six, their relocation works would need to be complete before 24 August 2018.  If you could consider and advise at your earliest convenience if the WHDS would like to take up this opportunity to relocate Blcok Six, it would be greatly appreciated.

“Schools Infrastructure NSW will need to proceed with demolition of Block Six in accordance with Council’s consent conditions if the WDHS cannot meet the requirements nominated above,” concluded the letter.

Wauchope District Historical Society hope the people of Wauchope will help them save the old school and they plan to apply for funding.

“A site is needed for a building that is a vital part of the district’s timber heritage (fast disappearing), is 100 years old but in beautiful condition, and could be a community resource,” said a spokesperson.