Station Master’s Cottage to move to historic precinct

One of Cleveland’s landmark buildings – the 128-year-old Station Master’s cottage – will be moved to a new site this week on Thursday from 4am.

The historic cottage will be relocated from 204 Middle Street to Linear Park at 120 Shore Street North to sit beside the Redland City Lions Hall and Old Schoolhouse Gallery.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the cottage is a Cleveland icon, and an integral part of the history of Cleveland.

“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 originally 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 Redlands’ history.

The relocation to its final resting place in the old Cleveland township precinct will be a coordinated effort between Council, Energex, Queensland Police, Department of Natural Resources and Mines and RSL Queensland.

The precinct extends from the Cleveland Lighthouse past the old Courthouse and Grandview Hotel to several remaining historical cottages in Shore St East and Passage Street.

“Residents may have noticed increased activity at the cottage in recent weeks as it’s been prepared for relocation to the new site in Linear Park,” Cr Williams said.

“There will be altered traffic conditions on Middle, Passage and North Streets from 4am on Thursday 13 July while the building is moved,” she said.

Local Councillor for Division 2 which includes Cleveland, Peter Mitchell, said the cottage would be available for use as a community facility after relocation, with an expression of interest to be publicly 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 (2018).

“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 that the cottage was gifted to Council last year by the RSL to make way for an extension to their facilities.

“We have been using the cottage as an admin building for the past ten 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.