Students help restore historic shed

VANDALS who damaged a historical shed on the Victory Heights Recreational Trails earlier this month remain at large, but the shed's destruction has not deterred plans to renovate it into a day rest area.

The Victory Heights trails are a network of tracks for mountain bike riders, walkers, cyclists and horse riders and are a work in progress.

The shed, once part of Gympie's First World War rifle range, was vandalised some time on Wednesday, August 12, an act disgusting members of the Cooloola Trail Care Alliance.

Vandals struck the shed in its secluded location from every angle, leaving it standing a foot off-centre.

Despite the setback, plans for the shed to be turned into day use area are marching ahead.

Cooloola Trail Care Alliance enlisted Gympie's David Lawless for his building skills last week and teamed up with Gympie Edmund Rice Flexible Learning Centre to involve a number of its students for a hands-on learning experience.

Mr Lawless and Gympie Flexible Learning Centre youth worker Dan Huth were on site last week helping the students who had rolled up their sleeves to begin the task of repairing the shed.

The vandalism meant the project required more time and at a greater cost.

Mr Lawless said progress on the shed was taking shape.

"This is a good experience for the students to get some life experience and try their hand at building," he said.

Students on site last week included Daniel Doel, Raymond Martin, Ashlea Phillips and Josh Burns.

Ashlea, a keen BMX rider, was quick to get involved.

"I hope this can show the community what we can do at Edmund Rice," she said.

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