News

Transformation of Tait's Corner

Damian, left, and Aaron Miller, of Vynara, with Esme Tait, turn the first sod of soil on site at Tait’s Corner, Tewantin.
Damian, left, and Aaron Miller, of Vynara, with Esme Tait, turn the first sod of soil on site at Tait’s Corner, Tewantin. Erle Levey

WORK has started on the retail and professional office development at Tewantin, where the historic Tait house stood since 1919.

And 89-year-old Esme Tait was there to help turn the first sod.

Ms Tait was helped by brothers Aaron and Damian Miller, from development company Vynara, and Ashley Sinclair, of builders Alan Sinclair and Associates.

Tait's Corner occupies Tewantin's highest-profile main-street position, situated on the busy corner of Poinciana Ave and Sidoni St.

Tait house was located in what used to be the garden of the Club Hotel, which was built in 1880. Builders have already found the remains of old bottles thought to have been from the hotel days.

Ms Tait's grandparents on her father's side, John and Catherine Tait, owned Tait's Royal Mail Hotel, where the Royal Mail Hotel still stands.

Charles Woodward Tait built the house for Emma Jane Duke, daughter of original Noosa shire chairman James Duke.

Esme Tait was born in 1922 and lived in the house until 2009.

She said it was exciting to see life coming back to the corner site again.

"The town has not changed that much. It was all dirt roads in those days," she said.

"I would have been still here today except for an intruder on the veranda.

"It was the only night I had locked the door. God was looking after me."

The house was called Auchenrah, a Scottish name linked to the ancestry of the Tait family.

In 2009 Ms Tait donated her famous Queenslander to Sunshine Coast Regional Council for community use.

John Tait (Esme's grandfather) and his son, Charles Tait (Esme's father), together drove coaches to and from the Cooran and Cooroy railway stations, carrying passengers and mail to Tait's Royal Mail Hotel, where guests would also spend the night.

People wanting to go to Noosaville or Noosa Heads had to catch a boat from Tewantin.

The new high-quality development on Tait's Corner will feature four retail shops and a restaurant on ground level, two upper-level medical or office tenancies and convenient basement car parking.

The Millers are sons of developer Mark Miller, who has produced several Noosaville developments. Ashley is the son of builder and sportsman Alan Sinclair.

The building is due for completion in December.

Aaron said development of the block came back to Tewantin's heritage and the history of the site.

"It is iconic and we always wanted to pay respect to that," he said.

"Hence the naming of the site and the quality of the building.

"It all comes down to giving something back to the community."

Topics:  building tewantin


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

The fine art of being involved

ART ACTION: CQU lecturer Donna Lee Brien with creative Professor Leslie Jacobson and Adelaide-based Prof Jeri Kroll workshop with local arts exponents on helping shape society.

Art to inspire change

Time for talk on affordable housing in Noosa

BIG ISSUE: Homelessness is a growing problem.

Innovate Noosa is looking for solutions to housing affordability

Local Partners

Gladstone's MasterChef hero blown away by support

CRANE driver Pete Morgan has been bowled over by the support he has received since making his TV debut on MasterChef.

Lyn's knock-out show gets her to next round on The Voice

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS: Lyn Bowtell is through to the battle rounds on The Voice.

'It was bitter sweet to win like that'

Is this the talent you get when you limit electronics?

Cassidy Kilburn in the Get the Beat International Dance Competition.

Cassidy, 11, preparing for national dance championships

Dreamworld may supersize with 'Disneyland expansion'

Dreamworld could become a “more attractive and entertaining park”.

World’s strongest man reveals incredible 12,000 calorie diet

Brian Shaw won his 4th World's Strongest Man title. Source: Twitter

World’s strongest man reveals incredible 12,000-calorie diet

ABC2 slammed over football exhibition match coverage

Fans weren't too happy with ABC2's coverage of Wednesday night's game.

ABC2 slammed for coverage of soccer exhibition match

'Bulls--t!' Lisa Wilkinson grilled over Karl's pay packet

Join us for a Great Night as we Proudly present Lisa Wilkinson

“And you believe everything you read?”

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

Privacy and views in the heart of Noosa

Immaculate residence in exclusive Noosa Heads gated community

Saddle up for Noosa hinterland horse property

Purpose-built horse complex and residence on cleared 5.26ha

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!