Main street spring clean

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Bar­clay White Bar­clay.White@south­bur­nett­

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.

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