Heritage church destroyed in 10 minutes
The Courier Mail Friday May 5 2006
A RESIDENT who took photographs of a heritage-listed church at
being knocked down on Sunday said the demolition should have been
Gary Mulholland said Mayor Paul Pisasale and several Ipswich City
Council officers were on site and should have prevented the Deen Group
from demolishing the church.
The old Presbyterian church on the comer of Mill and Church
streets in Goodna was damaged in the early hours of Sunday when vandals
allegedly used the daw of an excavator parked at the site to smash part
of the roof and a wall.
Cr Pisasale said when he arrived to inspect the damage he was
told by a council building inspector the church could be repaired and
this was conveyed to the contractors.
But more damage was done as workmen tried to remove the
excavator from the building.
Site owner Lubo Jonic said on Monday: "The excavator was
actually damaged by being jammed up in the roof and as soon as they
started it up, it swung wildly to one side and
pulled the whole thing down."
Cr Pisasale said he and council officers were ordered from
the site because of safety issues. The building was then demolished.
"It's not up to me to go and tackle people. We just had to
stand there and watch it go down," Cr Pisasale said.
Mr Mulholland said the demolition took about 10 minutes, which
also took in the machine driving around the building.
A court order was taken out on Tuesday restraining owners Lubo
Jonic, Surrolle Eunice Jonic, the Deen Group and Haroom Rashid Deen
from removing building material.
Cr Pisasale said he had instructed council solicitors to take
all means to ensure the church was rebuilt and if anyone had committed
an offence they be prosecuted.
Planning and Environment Court judge Allan Wilson
yesterday ordered the interim injunction continue until June 5 when a
hearing would be held.