While it was certainly expected it was no less disappointing for many in the community as the final stages of demolition of the Rex Theatre unfolded yesterday.
After months of council negotiations, legal threats and community protest the heritage-listed building will be seeing its last days as those who fought for its survival remain bitterly disappointed.
Cairns Historical Society secretary Dawn May said it was a sad day for Cairns to lose such an important link to the past. "It’s a terrible day for the people of Cairns to lose such a significant building. What we’re seeing is our cultural heritage disappearing before our eyes and soon there won’t be anything left," she said. "We have very few old buildings remaining and they’re disappearing at an alarming rate. We can’t afford to lose any more and risk Cairns becoming a bland city."
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