Main street spring clean
IF YOU walk the main street of Gayndah this week, you might notice a few differences.
To get the town looking its best for next weekend’s Orange Festival, a group of volunteers have given up their time to make the main street sparkle.
The brainchild of Rachel Chambers, she said it was not just about the festival but a way of having pride in the town.
“I had been speaking to people in town, and morale had been quite low because the gardens were dying,” Ms Chambers said.
“I had been trying to persuade council to do some stuff, and they said ‘the community can help out too’.
“I think the community had a perception that they aren’t allowed to touch anything.”
Putting people power to the test, she put the word out for any helpers to come to the main street on May 24 for the first “Glam-Up Gayndah Day”.
Ms Chambers was expecting maybe a handful to turn up but was surprised when about 30 people gave up their Sunday for the good of the town.
Volunteers helped with everything from sweeping the street, cleaning up rubbish and putting that sparkle back in to neglected corners of the town.
“There was a lot of dirt in our paths that just hadn’t been cleaned over the years,” she said.
Businesses also did their bit to help the town by keeping the volunteers refreshed or making sure everyone had what they needed.
Mitre 10 manager John Zahl gave away cleaning products and paint to keep everyone stocked up.
Although the work was difficult, Ms Chambers said it brought the town together.
“We had a guy from Bundaberg who used to live here who came up for it,” she said.
“It actually made me feel nice on reflection and very hopeful that the community is capable of really big things.”
After the town was clean, she was even asked when the next town clean-up would be.
But what mattered in the end was how the main street looked the next day.
“I was worried we would do all that work and it wouldn’t be noticed,” she said.
“But I got a text message the next day saying the street looks shiny.”
Rachel Chambers The community is capable of really big things.
LOOKING GOOD: Angela Goldie was just one of the many who gave up their time to clean up the town.