State jumps on board at Cun­na­mulla Sta­tion

Western Times - - NEWS - Jorja McDon­nell jorja.mcdon­[email protected]­ern­starnews.com

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 be about pre­serv­ing his­tory.

“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.

“The fund­ing will go to­wards de­vel­op­ing an in­ter­ac­tive light and sound show that will take place un­der the domed cover, bring­ing out rail his­tory and lo­cal sto­ries to life,” she said.

Look­ing at the sta­tion’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties and the ben­e­fits an up­dated tourist at­trac­tion could bring to Cun­na­mulla, Ms Tice­hurst said their main fo­cus was how it could af­fect the town on a larger scale.

“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.

Not con­tent with stop­ping at just one ad­di­tion to the his­toric precinct, Ms Tice­hurst was al­ready think­ing of fur­ther steps that could be taken by the Pa­roo Progress as­so­ci­a­tion in or­der to make the most of Cun­na­mulla’s his­tory and ap­peal to tourists.

“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, like Cun­na­mulla’s con­tri­bu­tion to war ef­forts,” she said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HIS­TORY RE­VIVED: Pa­roo Progress As­so­ci­a­tion has re­ceived state tourism fund­ing to up­grade Cun­na­mulla Sta­tion.

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