Moving the Pialba Memorial Hall is part of the council's 20-year plan for the Hervey Bay CBD.
Moving the Pialba Memorial Hall is part of the council's 20-year plan for the Hervey Bay CBD. Tracey Joynson

Moving Pialba hall and railway building part of 20-year plan

A PROPOSAL to move the historic Pialba Memorial Hall and railway station building as part of the council's 20-year vision has met with opposition from a councillor.

History buff George Seymour has called on his councillor colleagues to leave the two heritage-listed buildings alone as they plan for the future.

In the council's Hervey Bay CBD Renewal Master Plan Draft, the memorial hall and former railway station are cited as being relocated "to a more prominent position" and for "improved access to Freedom Park".

But Cr Seymour voiced his concerns about the lack of detail and said there wasn't any reason to move the buildings to another area.

"I can't understand it at all," he said.

"It adds character to the site.

"Any properly planned CBD should include a mix of the old and the new."

>> See the details of a public information session  about the CBD plan on March 28 here 

The draft master plan provides a vision of what Pialba might look like in 20 years time.

Residents have been invited to comment on the project until April 3.

Cr Seymour said the Memorial Hall was one of the few physical reminders of a brief and forgotten local government entity; the Pialba Shire Council.

The Pialba Shire Council existed for 12 years after being established in December 1905 and abolished in February 1917.

The hall was built in 1906 and originally located across the street on the corner of Torquay Tce and Main St until 1941.

Cr Seymour said the Pialba Railway Station was opened in 1896 and was a very important part of Hervey Bay's history.

A council spokesman failed to respond to the Chronicle's questions about the CBD master plan before deadline.