Re­ponse to Krauss

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - YOUR SAY -

IN VIEW of re­cent pub­lic­ity (Bud­erim Chron­i­cle 21st Fe­bru­ary) re­gard­ing the hous­ing of the Bud­erim Tramway Krauss lo­co­mo­tive I would like to put on pub­lic record Nam­bour Mu­seum’s po­si­tion on this mat­ter.

On two oc­ca­sions over the past few years Nam­bour Mu­seum has been a party to meet­ings re­gard­ing the Krauss, the first meet­ing was in­sti­gated by Bud­erim-Palm­woods Her­itage Tramway Inc and the sec­ond was in­sti­gated by Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil’s Her­itage Depart­ment.

On both oc­ca­sions Nam­bour Mu­seum was “asked” if the Krauss could be housed at the Nam­bour Mu­seum with the an­swer be­ing yes, but with a de­gree of dif­fi­culty and at sig­nif­i­cant ex­pense for build­ing mod­i­fi­ca­tions.

Hous­ing the Krauss would also im­pact the mu­seum’s own plans for the only area suit­able for the loco.

At the coun­cil in­sti­gated meet­ing it was in­di­cated that the loco had to be moved rather ur­gently from its cur­rent lo­ca­tion and the only other lo­ca­tion on of­fer from coun­cil was the old coun­cil de­pot ad­ja­cent to the Lands­bor­ough Mu­seum which seemed to all con­cerned a “less suit­able op­tion” than Nam­bour Mu­seum. is home to seven More­ton Sugar Mill lo­cos. The Nam­bour Mu­seum has al­ways sup­ported BPHTI both ver­bally and in writ­ing that the Krauss should be housed at Bud­erim.

At Nam­bour Mu­seum we are cur­rently de­vel­op­ing the area where the Krauss could have been housed in line with our own plans so the op­tion of hous­ing the Krauss at Nam­bour Mu­seum is “dead and buried”.

I also have a per­sonal con­nec­tion to the Bud­erim tram­line through the Lind­say fam­ily and my un­cle worked for the More­ton Sugar Mill pulling up the track.

— CLIVE PLATER Pres­i­dent Nam­bour Mu­seum

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