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New board for Friends of Kandanga

FRIENDS of Kandanga has formed a new board of management, following its annual general meeting last month.

The management board is the result of a Friends of Kandanga meeting in January which identified a need for good management in a time of uncertainty. This meeting included community representatives as well as Gympie Regional Council and DEEDI staff.

At the AGM on March 21 this board was formed with eight members, some former members of the Friends of Kandanga and several new residents and business people.

The new board is: David Sims chairman; Jan Watt deputy chair;

Don Parry secretary and Julie Worth treasurer; non executive members Russell Luck, Paul McJerry, Steve Watson, Bill Teunissen and Adrienne Dan.

Board members will be allocated responsibilities over the many activities served by the organisation.

At present these activities include railway markets, publishing the Kandanga Rag, print shop, internet café, community library, Koffee Shop, workshop and meeting space, visitor information centre, gift shop, memorabilia, sport and recreation ground and RV activities.

In the not too distant future it is hoped there will be a big change in the overall outlook in this area after the fiasco of the Traveston Crossing dam.

Friends of Kandanga started operation in 2002,firstly intending operation as an information centre, but this did not fully eventuate. The organisation then moved onto preserving history, beautifying the town and running stalls at the railway station.

During this time the old fruit growers shed had become vacant and was used by the Save The Mary group during the Traveston Crossing dam fight. It is now used as a Save the Mary Museum and Education Centre.

In 2010 an RV park was approved and has become quite popular.

In 2011 a committee was set up to manage the recreation grounds used by groups including the Mary Valley Stags Rugby League and the Valley Rangers Soccer Club. At present these grounds have had a lot of leveling work hoping it is going to be ready for the football season.

Members hope with the change of state government we may see quite a speed up of regrowth as there have been several businesses start up with new owners and a few new residential owners.

As well the Men's Shed is progressing quite well with the first order of native bee hives going out and the second order going quite well. There is also an exciting opportunity appearing where a permanent shed may become available.

Gympie Times



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