From tracks to trea­sure

Twins get cre­ative to raise money

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TEENAGERS Har­ri­son and Jack­son Kemp don’t spend their down­time the way you’d ex­pect most teenagers to – they spend it vol­un­tar­ily pre­serv­ing the old rail­way sta­tion that played an in­te­gral role in the town’s his­tory.

Through­out 2018 they gave up hun­dreds of hours restor­ing rail­way car­riages and a sem­a­phore tower at Gayn­dah Her­itage Rail­way, and now they have a new pro­ject which aims to raise funds for fur­ther restora­tions.

The twin brothers have got­ten cre­ative, re-pur­pos­ing rail­way dog spikes into colour­ful works of art.

“We found some pic­tures on the in­ter­net of things made out of dog spikes a few years ago and we didn’t think much of it, but re­cently we had to learn how to weld for our Duke of Ed­in­burgh pro­gram so we thought we could start small with a pro­ject like that,” Har­ri­son said.

“Rail­way dog spikes are the lit­tle spikes that hold the rail­way line onto the sleep­ers.”

Har­ri­son and Jack­son’s work will count to­wards a Bronze Cer­tifi­cate as part of the The Duke of Ed­in­burgh's In­ter­na­tional Award.

To at­tain their cer­tifi­cates, the Bur­nett State Col­lege stu­dents are re­quired to com­plete four sec­tions of each level in the pro­gram; com­mu­nity ser­vice, skill, phys­i­cal recre­ation and ad­ven­tur­ous jour­ney.

But the twins are also ex­cited that the mak­ing and sell­ing of the or­na­ments will pro­vide them with funds for fur­ther restora­tions to be made.

“Most of the money is go­ing to­wards the restora­tion of the her­itage wag­ons and $10 is go­ing back to us for the cost of the paint and sup­plies,” Har­ri­son said.

“What we’ve made can be used for dec­o­ra­tions around the house or gar­den or­na­ments.”

The boys’ cre­ations can be pur­chased at the sta­tion ev­ery morn­ing from 8.30am to 11am.

PHOTO: FELIC­ITY RIP­PER

RE-PUR­POS­ING: Har­ri­son and Jack­son Kemp have turned rail­way dog spikes into works of art.

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