The race is on to restore the Maryborough School of Arts

RECOVERY efforts are under way to restore the Maryborough School of Arts ahead of this year's open house.

The building, which opened in 1888 and has most recently been used by the Maryborough and Wide Bay Burnett Historical Society, was inundated in the recent flood.

Cr Seymour said the building had about a foot of water through it, which damaged its flooring and some walls, as well as artefacts owned by the historical society.

He said the council-owned building was listed on the State Heritage Register and its presence in the region was important.

"It is an iconic building that has taken pride of place in the heart of Maryborough for well over a century," Cr Seymour said.

"It is a significant site. It tells us much about the past and it is vitally important that we conserve it for the future."

Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell recently inspected the building to view first hand the damage.

While in town he spoke with Ken Brooks and other historical society volunteers about the recovery plan.

Cr Seymour said it was anticipated that the building will be reopened in time for Maryborough Open House on Saturday, October 26.