NOT HAPPY: Gympie and District Historical Society representatives Ralph Richardson, Wayne Sachs, Frank Lightfoot and Allan Blackman want council to fast track a document to allow them to apply for funding.
NOT HAPPY: Gympie and District Historical Society representatives Ralph Richardson, Wayne Sachs, Frank Lightfoot and Allan Blackman want council to fast track a document to allow them to apply for funding. Craig Warhurst

Council waiting

TIME has almost run out for a submission that could fund 50 per cent of a $95,000 project at the old Scottish Mine Site.

The rest of the project would be funded by the society with $35,000 cash and in-kind assistance, said Gympie and District Historical Society secretary Ralph Richardson.

In fact, the only body that doesn’t have to put any money into the project is the leaseholder of the land, Gympie Regional Council.

But it will not make a decision on whether to write a letter of endorsement until next Wednesday’s council meeting, said Mayor Ron Dyne.

Mr Richardson, who addressed council this week, said submissions were to end today but he was granted an extension until Tuesday, meaning by the time council made a decision, it would be too late to apply for the funding being offered by the Federal Government.

The project – which involves more testing for contamination, and developing a conservation management and development plan for the site – would help the historical society preserve Queensland’s most historical mine site, said society president Wayne Sachs.

Mr Richardson said the contamination management plan, also part of the project, was something the owners of the site, or council, should have done.

And the offer of a charitable organisation footing some of the bill shouldn’t be ignored.

Gympie Times


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