State jumps on board at Cunnamulla Station
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.
HISTORY REVIVED: Paroo Progress Association has received state tourism funding to upgrade Cunnamulla Station.