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Council to clean up former Frank Aston Museum site

As Mount Isa City Council continues the ongoing schedule of city beautification works, the site of the former Frank Aston Museum is about to receive some deserved attention.

Mayor Joyce McCulloch said the site was repurposed many times after the museum closed, with community groups using portions of the land, but now stands unused and has become a safety risk.

Cr McCulloch said the site had recently been the target of arson attacks, trespassing, and vandalism.

“This site has unfortunately become a hotspot for illegal activity and has become a safety risk for our community, and has become costly to secure and maintain,” Cr McCulloch said.

“We have salvaged what we can from the site and now it’s time for a fresh start.

“In the past few years we have removed historical pieces of equipment and given them a new life at Outback at Isa and now it is time to strip the site of any dangers and look towards future redevelopment.”

“Over the next few weeks we will be pulling down some abandoned buildings and doing extensive work on the landscaping and surrounds of the area.”

Cr McCulloch said the site had been identified as having great potential for commercial redevelopment.

“It is time to make the necessary changes to the site and realise the potential that it may have in the coming years.”