Time running out for derelict Commonwealth Bank
The owner of the former Commonwealth Bank has had 18 months to resume restoration work but still the pigeon poo piles continue to grow at the derelict site.
Now, Graeme Arman, who bought the heritage-listed property for $3.1 million in 2007, has little more than six months left until his exemption certificate expires.
When the Daily Mercury contacted a family member of Mr Arman on Thursday, we were told they did not wish to speak about the matter because he had fallen ill.
A Mackay Regional Council spokeswoman said they were having ongoing discussions with Mr Arman and the Environment and Science Department to try and reach a "workable solution".
"The exemption was issued by the state and as a place registered on the state's heritage register they would need to consider the implications and options moving forward," the council spokeswoman said.
The current exemption will expire in August 2021, but the DES earlier said Mr Arman could apply for a further exemption if work was incomplete.
Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson last year said the council would consider putting in an offer to buy the building from Mr Arman.
"It is a possibility down the track, but it becomes less and less of an attraction for anybody the longer it stands in ruin," Cr Williamson had said.