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Amamoor is under transformation

PLAN IN HAND: Gympie councillor Julie Walker, with Friends of Amamoor development and promotional officer Gaylene Smith and secretary Heather Bull look over plans for the Amamoor Train Station precinct.
PLAN IN HAND: Gympie councillor Julie Walker, with Friends of Amamoor development and promotional officer Gaylene Smith and secretary Heather Bull look over plans for the Amamoor Train Station precinct. Tanya Easterby

AMAMOOR is undergoing a transformation and fuelling the change is community-based organisation, Friends of Amamoor.

The organisation is powered by a group of dedicated Mary Valley residents determined to see Amamoor flourish.

Friends of Amamoor development and promotion officer Gaylene Smith and secretary Heather Bull were on hand Monday for Gympie Regional Council's unveiling of the new $2.2 million Amamoor Creek Bridge.

The bridge replaces the old wooden structure damaged in the 2012 floods and its unveiling as an opportunity for Friends of Amamoor to reveal its plans for the Amamoor Train Station precinct.

Ms Smith thanked retired architect Geoff Webber and builder Gordon Maudsley for combining their talents to draw up three plans for the future.

The three plans include projects for the present, projects for completion by 2020 and ambitions well into the future.

"We have a limited band of volunteers but they are doing a fantastic job," Ms Smith said. "Our hope is to make the train precinct more vibrant and get more people here.

"We want to work with the Gympie Regional Council on the street scaping."

Immediate plans were carried out last weekend with a working bee to clean-up the existing canteen and tidy the general area.

Funding has been obtained from the Creative Recovery Network (a Queensland Government initiative) to repair the canteen kitchen so operations meet council regulations.

Further funding has been secured from the Energex Community Sustainability Fund to install irrigation and plant gardens.

Ms Smith said every little bit of funding helped and additional applications were afoot.

Friends of Amamoor envisage a train precinct with a new platform, an arts and crafts precinct with on-site workshops and a boost in community participation and pride.

Gympie Times

Topics:  amamoor



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