New plan could make Imbil a cultural hub
THE FUTURE of the Rattler might still be up in the air, but a plan to turn Imbil into a business and tourism hub shows the town has no intention of waiting.
The Imbil Heritage Precinct will have the historic train station turned into a community recreational space, designed to showcase the region's history and establish a cultural centre for tourists and residents.
Running under the auspices of the Mary Valley Chamber of Commerce, advertisements have already been posted for the position of project manager.
Among the skills required for the role, applicants should be "motivated and decisive leader who is approachable, inclusive, good humoured and very much a team player".
The project still requires significant funding, but the Chamber of Commerce said they were committed to developing a precinct which would expand on the range of other attractions already situated in the Mary Valley.
Mary Valley Chamber of Commerce acting president Karen Phillips said the plan demonstrated considerable foresight, especially in light of the recent denial of state funding for the revival of the Rattler this year.
Already host to international events including the International Rally of Queensland and the Easter endurance horse riding carnival, Mrs Phillips said the project manager role might not be time consuming, but would have a significant impact on the region.
"This position requires vision, leadership, community spirit and energy," she said. "It is a volunteer role, with a flexible delivery of 2-3 hours a week, but the success of this project could drive significant economic growth for the Mary Valley."
Fellow chamber member and real estate agent Ron Jeffery said the project would increase interest in the Mary Valley, which had already had a strong property market in 2016.
Visiting the Mary Valley? Check out:
* Imbil Sunday markets
* Borumba Dam
* Dagun growers markets
* Imbil lookout
* Borumba Deer Park