IT'S the Queanbeyan clock that never told the correct time. But times have changed for the clock face located on the corner of Monaro and Crawford Street.
A partnership between Queanbeyan City Council and the building owners - Soorage Ahadizah and Tony and Jenny Bosotas - has seen the time piece restored after years of neglect.
Mr Ahadizah said it's wonderful to see the self-described "Queanbeyan centrepiece" up and running again.
"It's really good to have it restored. It's amazing the amount of traffic that comes through Queanbeyan and the drivers that actually look at that clock to see what time it is," he said.
"The last couple of years when it hasn't been working, we've had a few people come in and ask why."
Mr Ahadizah said the financial cost had prevented the owners from repairing the clock.
"The clock wasn't working when we first bought the building in 2004; we did have it serviced about a dozen times or so. It got to the stage in the last few years where it was going to cost us a fortune to replace the brains and guts of the clock," he said.
"I believe it's been at least about 40 or 50 years since it's been restored so we were happy to work with Queanbeyan City Council to get it fixed and up and running again.
"As I understand they will pay for ongoing maintenance and as the clock is plugged into our electricity supply, we'll pay for that."
A Queanbeyan City Council spokesperson estimated the repair costs to be about $9,290.
Work to the clock included state of the art inclusions so it can be programmed via a wireless link to change time for daylight saving and other adjustments as necessary.
Mr Ahadizah said part of the reason the clock never told tell the correct time was that it could only be changed in ten minute increments.
Now that the clock has been restored, the property owners are looking to make other improvements to the building including redoing the awnings and giving the building a fresh lick of paint.
But Mr Ahadizad said he loves the heritage-feel of the art deco building and plans to retain that aspect of it.
"We'd love to keep it the way it is, I think it's a waste if you change it too much. You don't find buildings like this in Canberra," he said.
"We've had patients come into the store that are 80-plus and they tell us they remember this store 60 years ago. It used to be, a corner store, a bread shop, a bank it used to be all different types of businesses. It's amazing."