New life for old clock

THE Goomeri clock may soon have a new way to tell the time, as Gympie Regional Council is investigating repairing the time keeper with a replacement pendulum driven by a solar-maintained electronic master clock.

The electronic master clock can drive a small motor to move the hands of the clock every minute by sending out minute pulses.

This option will cost council almost $2000 less than rebuilding and recalibrating the clock’s existing workings, and may prevent extra servicing in the future.

But there is a small problem.

As the clock’s housing is heritage listed, council needs to obtain an exemption certificate from the Queensland Heritage Council to change its internal workings.

Councillors debated both options in this week’s works and services meeting.

Cr Ian Petersen said he didn’t agree with spending a whole lot of money on something that would cost more in the future.

“I don’t think we should commit to paying ongoing maintenance costs just because of the heritage council,” he said.

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