ONE of Cleveland’s landmark buildings – the 128-year-old Station Master’s cottage - will be moved to a new site in the morning.
The cottage will be relocated from 204 Middle Street near the RSL not far away to Linear Park at 120 Shore Street North.
There it will sit beside other old buildings, including the Redland City Lions Hall and Old Schoolhouse Gallery.
Redland City Council mayor Karen Williams said the cottage was an integral part of Cleveland’s history.
“The cottage was originally located on the Cleveland rail line, which boasted a busy goods yard where farm produce and goods were transported from the Redlands to the Brisbane markets at Woolloongabba,” she said.
“It was built in 1889 when the railway line to Cleveland was opened and was within sight of the former Cleveland Central rail station,” she said.
Council voted in 2015 to relocate the building in recognition of the important place it played in Redland’s history.
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The relocation to the old Cleveland township precinct will be an effort between council, Energex, Queensland Police, the Natural Resources Department and RSL.
The precinct extends from the Cleveland Lighthouse past the old Courthouse and Grandview Hotel to several remaining historical cottages at Shore St East and Passage Street.
“There will be altered traffic conditions on Middle, Passage and North Streets from 4am on Thursday 13 July while the building is moved,” Cr Williams said.
Cr Peter Mitchell said the cottage would be available for use as a community facility after relocation, with an expression of interest to be advertised.
“Once the cottage is in its new home, services will be reconnected and checks done to ensure it complies with the building code, including a new ramp to improve accessibility,” he said.
“The expression of interest is expected to be advertised in the first six months of next year.
“Local community groups and organisations interested in using the premises for the benefit of the Redlands community are encouraged to apply,” he said.
Redlands RSL general manager Peter Harrison said the cottage was given to council last year by the RSL to make way for an extension.
“We have been using the cottage as an admin building for the past 10 years but the time has come for it to go because of our future expansion plans – we would much prefer to give it to the community than see the historic building ripped down and thrown away,” he said.