GOING HOME: Tait house currently sits on a vacant block on Eumundi-Noosa Road.
GOING HOME: Tait house currently sits on a vacant block on Eumundi-Noosa Road. Darryn Smith

A ‘blooming’ good outcome historic Tewantin cottage

IT SEEMS the perfect synergy - historic Tait Duke Cottage being "hugged" by Noosa's sustainable future.

Council has finally put to bed the future of the cottage which has been looking a forlorn near the roadside verge of Wallace Park every since the house was donated to the people of Noosa by the pioneer family.

Noosa Council was keen to see the site located and used by public groups, but Mayor Noel Playford and other councillors expressed concerns that its proposed move to Early St in Tewantin could take up too much of scarce public land.

Councillor Playford was keen for councillors to have the final say on which part of the two blocks of land the cottage may be sited for joint use by community support group United Synergies and the Rotary Club of Noosa Heads.

At the last council meeting Cr Playford said staff assured councillors that "it can be sited satisfactorily".

"It will be nice and close to United Synergies and it won't take up two blocks of land. It leaves the other parcel of land - that's all we asked for the other day."

Cr Joe Jurisevic asked if this would still allow for the expansion of the community garden and was told the community garden group has indicated "they will create the garden around the cottage so it will have a garden setting".

The mayor noted that "they can grow veggies and herbs and useful stuff like that".

United Synergies will staff the cottage with volunteers providing information on local support services and how to access them, and the Rotary Club will use it as a base for meetings. The cottage was built in the middle of Tewantin in 1919 for Charles Tait and Emma Duke.

Noosa Council was keen to find the house a permanent home that can benefit the community and be true to the wishes of Miss Esme Tait, who gifted her home to the community 10 years ago.

Noosa Council has agreed to allocate $80,000 from the heritage levy to carefully transport the cottage.

United Synergies and Rotary aren't just bringing the cottage back to life; they have plans to raise funding from the wider Noosa community and local businesses to finish the long-awaited renovation.

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