Love tunnel’s kiss of life
GYMPIE'S famous "love tunnel" will receive a facelift to repair damage from the 2012 floods.
Master Builders' member Gympie Building Company will be responsible for getting the tunnel, also known as the Gympie dome, back in pre-flood shape and work is expected to begin in the coming weeks.
When the flood waters hit, Gympie's main storm water drain received extensive damage; the concrete retaining wall around the front of the drain was undermined and washed away and parts of it have fallen into the river.
However a combination of federal and state funding, as part of natural disaster relief and recovery work, will see the drain is repaired.
Home to many a childhood adventure for children growing up in Gympie in the past few decades, the love tunnel runs from the banks of the Mary River just upstream of Kidd Bridge, past Mary St and finishes across the road from the Senior Citizens' Centre.
Other flood recovery works to be undertaken in Gympie recently included the construction of a new retaining wall fronting car parks on Young St.
A new wall was built to re-enforce the old one, which was also damaged during the 2012 flood event.