REMOVAL of the old Southport Hospital chapel has signalled the start of the site’s demolition next month, but authorities are battling to keep squatters and thieves out of the derelict health complex.
The Gold Coast Bulletin reports, Security guards have been catching thieves stealing copper pipes and homeless people sleeping out around the Gold Coast Hospital site, which has been sitting empty for more than seven months.
Demolition of the asbestos-filled building, which sits on a 3.5ha site, was initially expected to start by the end of last year but Assistant Planning Reform Minister Rob Molhoek said there had been delays because of site safety assessments.
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The site’s caretaker said officials had been busy hunting thieves since the shift was made to the new Gold Coast University Hospital at Parklands in late September, but most had escaped before police could intervene.
Tenders for the demolition contract closed earlier this month, with the successful tenderer expected to be announced in the next few weeks.
Mr Molhoek said work stripping the building down internally would start as soon as next month.
Original article written by Stephanie Bedo, To read it in full, head to the Gold Coast Bulletin website.