Meet the grand­par­ents who’ve got keys to their own city

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - EX­CLU­SIVE SO­PHIE FOSTER PROP­ERTY RE­PORTER

MEET Queens­land’s new­est st prop­erty moguls – the Har­ley y David­son-rid­ing grand­par- ents who bought a town. On the cusp of re­tire­ment, , Karyn Peeters, 58, and hus- band Peter, 60, paid $550,000 to beat hun­dreds of oth­ers to land the keys to Al­lies Creek, north­west of Kin­garoy. The cou­ple told The Courier-Mail they ex­pected to spend around $2 mil­lion over two years to cre­ate a retro tourism mecca that their friends and fam­ily could be proud of, but which could be shared to “save the bush”. Com­plete with a church, lake, sawmill, two streets of houses and four sheds, the res­ur­rected town was ex­pected to of­fer the charms of “yes­ter­year all around the prop­erty”. “I’d say to get the com­plete park up and run­ning – two years,” said Mr Peeters, a builder who also has a stake in a roofing and steel busi­ness. “We’re go­ing to have a bar and re­cre­ation area which will cou­ple up with the church so we can have wed­dings and also for the week­end peo­ple who want to come and visit.” They hope the first wed­ding will be their daugh­ter’s, who got en­gaged yes­ter­day. Mr Peeters, who is build­ing units in Bris­bane, has al­ready sent tradies to the town to kick­start the project. Karyn, who grew up in Ju­lia Creek, said it was “the peace­ful­ness” of Al­lies Creek that struck her first.

“I just love the calm­ness of the place and it just felt like we were go­ing back in our youth and com­ing home,” she said.

Apart from adding new fa­cil­i­ties for laun­dro­mats, car­a­vans and a com­mer­cial kitchen, the cou­ple plan to hold work­shops for mo­saic­mak­ing, lead­light win­dows, car­pen­try and tim­ber­work.

Mrs Peeters will res­ur­rect the lead­light win­dows in the church her­self, and also over­see the au­then­tic­ity of the retro-ren­o­va­tion — turn­ing back the clock but adding 21st cen­tury con­ve­niences.

“We hope down the track to at­tract the grey no­mads and the mo­tor­cy­clists and we’re go­ing to try over time to cre­ate a lit­tle bit of some­thing nos­tal­gic. It’s only four and a half hours from Bris­bane so it’s an easy day ride if you want to do nine hours, or we would pre­fer you stay overnight at least,” he said

The cou­ple hope to at­tract crafts­peo­ple to be a part of re­cre­at­ing the vin­tage town.

BIG PLANS: Peter and Karyn Peeters plan to res­ur­rect Al­lies Creek. Pic­ture: Adam Head

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