New hope for our history
TWO of Gympie's well-known but often unnoticed historic buildings may soon have new life at the Gympie and District Historical Society's museum site in Brisbane Road, following recommendations yesterday from the regional council's Corporate Governance and Finance Committee meeting.
The meeting received a letter from the historical society seeking use of the buildings for improved workshop facilities for volunteers.
The letter said the old Woolooga School and the log cabin Scout hall, both now at Queens Park, would have new homes at the museum, given approval.
The school building would provide workshop space and the Baden Powell Guild had given its approval for it to be used to expand the museum's Scouting Hall of Memories Exhibition.
The museum's existing Scouting exhibition building could be returned to the Gympie Radio Club, who had sought to meet and operate from the museum complex.
A staff report said the log cabin would be relocated at the expense of the Baden Powell Guild, making space available for the radio club.
However a hold-up could be the need for a lease over the freehold lots which form the site of the historical society.
“As the arrangements with the Gympie and District Historical Society are only temporary, until lease matters have been finalised, it would not be considered appropriate to enter into a permanent arrangement with either the (Radio Club) or the Baden Powell Guild at this time,” it said.