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(Former Lord Mayor Campbell Newman): We’ve packed up that beaut timber floor that’s been taken off site after being carefully
numbered and photographed so it can be restored and now the heavy machinery’s come in with the archaeologists.
So the archaeologists have been doing this complete survey of the area, finding some very interesting things.
Once the archaeologists have given the go-ahead to move in a particular section,
we can then get the excavator in, dig it up, load it onto some temporary conveyor belt,
which then carts the material out through the Ann Street foyer onto a waiting truck, and off it goes to a disposal site.
And we can take about 4 to 6 000 tonnes of material away, each day.
We’ve got to go down 5 metres or over 16,17 feet to get right down to the new level.
That’ll take probably till late March, early April.
They’ve found quite a number of quite interesting things there.
There are the post holes that indicate some sort of structure or building on the site.
There’s this very large block of concrete right in the middle, right, it appears, right under the centre of the dome,
which they’re gonna try work out what it was for.
Maybe it was to do with setting out the building.
There’s also signs of the stable that it appears to be on the site originally, with some rusty old horse shoes
plus a number of very interesting old bottles and jars.
Look, we’ve had these terrible floods and it had such an awful impact on people in their homes and businesses
but this project continues to move on.
We’ve got to save City Hall as well as fix up the, the flood damage around the city so, anyway,
we’ve got a bigger job now than we had earlier on when we kicked off.