Heritage trail ready to roll
THE Gympie Region Heritage Trail will be officially launched next month, funded by a $10,000 grant that will pay for linked, interpretive signs at an initial 23 state heritage listed sites throughout the region.
The 23 places forming the first stage of the project include iconic buildings such as Andrew Fisher's cottage, the Town Hall, the Elgin Vale sawmill, Goomeri Hall of Memory, Goomeri War Memorial clock and Gympie and Widgee War Memorial gates.
Interpretive signs providing information and history will be installed at every site, and will include QR Codes which are designed to be read by smartphones and will link the trail user directly to the Gympie Region Heritage Trail website which is still in production.
The project is expected to help tourism, and to inform the community about the past and give people a sense of connection to the region.
Other sites on the Heritage Trail will be the Gympie court house and land office, Gympie School of Arts, Dickabram Bridge at Miva, Memorial Park which contains the Bandstand Rotunda, the Mount Clara Smelter at Kilkivan, the old Post Office in Duke St and the No 1 Scottish Mine site.
The old bank building at the corner of Nash and Channon Sts will be on it, the Traveston Powder Magazine, Wodonga House, Double Island Point lighthouse, Tozer Railway Station, Imbil Railway Bridge and Mary Valley cream sheds.