State jumps on board

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The fu­ture is look­ing bright in the Pa­roo Shire, with Cunnamulla’s his­toric rail­way sta­tion slated for a ma­jor trans­for­ma­tion, af­ter fund­ing was granted by the Queens­land Govern­ment.

The Pa­roo Progress As­so­ci­a­tion was be­hind the bid for up­grades to the tourist at­trac­tion, and As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Karen Tice­hurst said the sta­tion’s facelift will ben­e­fit all of Cunnamulla.

“The rail­way has al­ways played an im­por­tant role in the re­gion’s so­cial and eco­nomic devel­op­ment, and with this new project this is only set to con­tinue.

“We [Pa­roo Progress As­so­ci­a­tion] are hop­ing to run the show twice a night in tourist sea­son and once a night in the off sea­son.

“We want to keep tourists in town overnight, bring­ing more money in to the lo­cal econ­omy.

“As time goes on, there could be op­por­tu­ni­ties to up­date or change the pre­sen­ta­tion, per­haps in­tro­duc­ing new top­ics that would ap­peal to the tar­get mar­ket,” she said.

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