About the project
Conrad Gargett are proud of our long term involvement in such a unique and important site.
The Woolscour at Blackall in far western Queensland was the last steam powered scour to operate in Australia in 1978. Its repair and interpretation as a visitor centre has been carried out over several years. The utilitarian timber and iron buildings which housed the machinery were in poor condition with stabilizing works carried out and a secure route established through the complex to allow visitors to visit in safety. The project involved many forms of conservation action to ensure the buildings survival and provide a fascinating insight into the history of the region.
Recent works combines the conservation and refurbishment of a number of heritage listed out buildings on the site and the inclusion of two contemporary additions, in order to preserve the historical and cultural values of the place whilst also achieving an upgraded tourist facility. The conservation works involved documentation for the refurbishment of the original Cookhouse and Shearers Quarters to provide visitor dining and accommodation facilities. A new dining hall, commercial kitchen, and amenities building provide supplementary facilities on site.