Gayn­dah set to splash cash

Central and North Burnett Times - - PULSE - SAM TURNER sam.turner@cnbtimes.com.au

IT’S time to have your say on a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity for the town­ship of Gayn­dah.

A com­mu­nity plan­ning event will be held on Satur­day at the Gayn­dah Show­grounds, start­ing at 6.30pm.

Gayn­dah and Monto are among 10 ru­ral towns in Aus­tralia se­lected for a $100,000 makeover by Ru­ral Aid Aus­tralia.

Some ex­am­ples of po­ten­tial works in Gayn­dah in­clude paint­ing the old school­house at the mu­seum, re­pair­ing sig­nage, and main­te­nance on lo­cal club­houses.

Gayn­dah De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion vice-pres­i­dent Jo Dowl­ing said ini­tial meet­ings would be held with small-town spe­cial­ist Peter Kenyon from tomorrow un­til Sun­day.

“Through­out the day on Satur­day, there’ll be groups who will have ap­point­ments with Peter and his team to re­ceive feed­back,” Mrs Dowl­ing said.

“On Satur­day night we’ll then have a evening at the Gayn­dah Show­grounds from 6.30pm, with all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity en­cour­aged to come down.”

Mrs Dowl­ing said a meet­ing would be held on Sun­day to fi­nalise what the town was go­ing to do.

In the project, $10,000 will be used for the fa­cil­i­tated work­shops and $90,000 to source lo­cal ma­te­ri­als for main­te­nance works.

More than 50 vol­un­teers will de­scend on the town in a few months to as­sist in projects iden­ti­fied by the Gayn­dah com­mu­nity.

Mrs Dowl­ing be­lieves the ru­ral aid army will be bring­ing more to the town than just the im­me­di­ate cash value.

“You’ve got these vol­un­teers who will be camp­ing in the town, with their labour not be­ing charged,” she said.

“So we’re get­ting the value of labour while they’re here for the week eat­ing, buy­ing fuel, and putting money back into the town.

“It’s a lot more than $100,000.”

Di­vi­sion 3 coun­cil­lor John Zahl be­lieves Gayn­dah is ex­traor­di­nar­ily for­tu­nate to be se­lected as one of the 10 towns to re­ceive a makeover.

“To be able to have one of the ru­ral aid pack­ages, it’s manna from heaven,” Cr Zahl said.

He went on to en­cour­age res­i­dents to come to the Sun­day evening func­tion, say­ing if they had an idea then they should ex­press it.

“It’ll be the week­end to say stuff, and it’ll be a good ex­er­cise with lots of peo­ple hav­ing lots of great ideas,” Cr Zahl said. “And I’m more than happy to hear them all.” Please RSVP to Jo Dowl­ing on 0407 164 468 or John Zahl on 0458 625 005. A light sup­per will be pro­vided.

Pic­ture: Laura Black­more

UP FOR THE TASK: Ru­ral Aid vol­un­teers Bernie Rankmore, Chirley Sem­mens, Jan­ice James and her dog Al­ford and team leader Bill Wal­lace.

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