by Jonno Colfs
PRINGLE Cottage is about to get a long-awaited makeover.
Warwick's historic museum precinct was the beneficiary of a $35,000 grant earlier this year, which has allowed the Warwick Historical Society to raise the roof of the machinery shed, a job that's been 40 years in the waiting.
In addition to that, today president Bernie Stephens announced the society had recently been awarded a $30,000 grant from Queensland Heritage to fix up the cottage itself.
"We are thrilled to be able to finally get some much-needed work done inside the cottage,” Mr Stephens said.
"The walls are in desperate need of a paint and the interior will have some replastering done as well.
"There's a fair bit of work to be done inside, which will make a huge difference - it'll freshen the place up so much.”
One room was painted and replastered last year and Mr Stephens hopes the rest of the museum will look like that mid way through next year.
"We'll look at getting some contractors down here in the new year to start work,” he said.
"We're very excited about it - it's our job, to look after the old stuff, if we don't it'll eventually disappear.
"We've got to do it and keep it all going.”
For the last 10 days the museum precinct has been busy with local builders Gillot Constructions onsite to remove the old machinery shed.
Mr Stephens said the original sheds were built around the machinery.
"The roofs were so low, to the point you could barely get in and it was impossible to get anything out,” he said.
"This job has been on the wishlist for the 11 years I've been here at least.
"Once the roof came off, we could finally get the machines out and can now set about restoring them.
"We're very grateful to have received these grants, we certainly wouldn't be able to raise that sort of money ourselves.”
The man called in to complete the work, Lucas Gillott, said it was something a little different for him.
"We had to get a crane in to lift the roof off, and then get everything out so we could lay a slab and put the new shed up,” he said.
"Some of those machines have been stuck in there for 40 years, and they were still in working order.
"It's great to be a part of something that will benefit the community.”