Biggenden history and attractions showcased on tour
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.
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).