Biggen­den his­tory and at­trac­tions show­cased on tour

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE Biggen­den re­gion, steeped in his­tory nat­u­ral and man-made, was show­cased to North Bur­nett re­gion vis­i­tors on Sun­day.

Or­gan­ised by the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil, Biggen­den was the first to share what it has to of­fer.

For Mayor Rachel Chambers, her idea when elected had be­come a re­al­ity.

“My idea was for com­mu­ni­ties from all over com­ing to­gether,” she said.

“It was about net­work­ing and shar­ing knowl­edge.”

First stop for the group of 70 was Mt Walsh Na­tional Park, where bush­walk­ing guide Moira Thomp­son was only too ea­ger to tell peo­ple about the place she con­sid­ers her sec­ond home.

A won­der­ful spread greeted vis­i­tors when they called into the men’s shed in the for­mer Biggen­den Rail­way Yard.

Cr Rob­bie Radel told shed mem­bers they had ex­celled them­selves.

“The fa­cil­i­ties you now have here are an as­set to the area and the wider com­mu­nity,” he said.

Coal­stoun Lakes was next. Vis­i­tors were able to view photographs and mem­o­ra­bilia of this area.

Vi Rack­em­man treated the group to a few tunes on the pi­ano.

It was back to Biggen­den for a tour of the town be­fore head­ing to Par­adise Dam for lunch.

Dam care­taker Gary Dun­das said many peo­ple did not know about Par­adise Dam.

“Please tell more peo­ple where we are as it would help tourism in this area,” he said.

“A dam stay is fam­ily friendly plus it’s a safe place as well as a great swim­ming lake.

“We also pro­mote it as a camp­ground and in com­ing weeks there will be pow­ered sites.”

Jan Moss­man of Eidsvold was see­ing parts of Biggen­den for the first time.

“We’ve driven through the town and ad­mired the roses,” she said.

“But we’ve never got off the beaten track to see the other at­trac­tions.

“It’s been a won­der­ful day. Or­gan­is­ers have done a marvellous job.”

Biggen­den-born John Ja­cobi, who vol­un­teers at the Mundubbera In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, said the day was in­for­ma­tive.

Wife June said you could see more in a bus.

Monto Magic’s Liz Robert­son said it was all-new coun­try to her.

“Maybe next trip we could have a map so we know we are,” she said.

Fi­nal point of call was Chowey Bridge.

The next tour will be at Monto on Fe­bru­ary 19.

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

FAMIL TOUR OF BIGGEN­DEN: Cr Rob­bie Radel, Lor­raine Proud­lock (Biggen­den), Kerry Bow­er­man (Monto), Mayor Rachel Chambers, Kerry Bet­tiens and Irene Duda (Mt Perry), Richard Roth (Eidsvold) and John and Dot Ja­cobi (Mundubbera).

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