On a new trail to our heritage
THE first stage of Gympie's Heritage Trail will be opened tomorrow in Memorial Park.
Gympie region Mayor Ron Dyne will officially open the trail at 12.30pm.
The heritage and history of buildings and other significant sites in the Gympie region will come to life thanks to funding received by Gympie Regional Council through the Queensland Government's Building Rural Communities Fund.
This funding has helped to develop an Interactive Heritage Trail covering the entire Gympie region.
Stage one of the project focuses primarily on state heritage-listed places and involves the installation of interpretive signage to provide information about the site and its history.
An innovative addition to the sign is a Quick Response Code, commonly referred to as a QR Code, which is designed to be read by Smartphones and will link the user of the trail directly to the Gympie Region Heritage Trail website.
The website has been designed to provide the trail user with a photo gallery of the place they are visiting and also enable the user, and more broadly the Gympie regional community, to tell their story and share their experience about a place on the trail.
Accompanying the website will be the traditional hardcopy brochure displaying maps of how to locate heritage places and details on how to use the website and QR Codes.
The overall aim of the project is to inform the community about the past and help to give people a sense of connectedness to the region.
It will help tour operators and locals to better inform people and visitors of a place and its history, and give the community as sense of ownership over the heritage place, in turn encouraging the community to be more active in the conservation and preservation of its heritage places.
Mayor Dyne said, "This heritage trail project is a wonderful initiative to harness technology to help make our regional history come to life for visitors and residents and will showcase our heritage places to the world through the internet."
The 24 places forming the first stage of the project covers all areas of the Gympie region and includes iconic buildings such as Andrew Fisher's Cottage at the Gympie Gold Mining Museum, Gympie Regional Council Chambers, the Elgin Vale Sawmill, the Goomeri Hall of Memory and Goomeri War Memorial Clock and Gympie and Widgee War Memorial Gates.
The Gympie Courthouse and Land Office, Gympie School of Arts, Dickabram Bridge at Miva, Memorial Park which contains the popular Bandstand Rotunda, the Mount Clara Smelter at Kilkivan, the Old Post Office in Duke Street Gympie, the No. 01 Scottish Mine Site are also some of the sites included.
For more information about the trail, please visit gympieheritagetrails.com.au