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