Volunteers build on history
PRIVATE Forestry Service of Queensland is branching out to build on a solid volunteer base to enhance the construction of a maintenance shed for Gympie's Woodworks Museum and Interpretive Centre.
Museum volunteers were taken to lunch last week in appreciation for their tireless efforts to preserve and present the region's timber history to the visitors who come here.
The Woodworks Museum and Interpretive Centre re-defines the forestry story through live demonstrations, science-based education and state-of-the-art interpretation.
The volunteers bring forest history alive with presentations, live demonstrations or the restoration of relics that the region's pioneers operated during settlement, pioneering and industrialisation.
Visitors to the museum could come into contact with volunteers Kath Williams, Carol Bradtke, Heather and Peter Malyszek, who meet and greet visitors and explain the various items on display, providing an overview of the museum's beginnings and the region's timber history.
Working hard behind the scenes is Will Johns who is restoring a buzz saw and other power equipment, and Gary Heine who is the resident carpenter, building showcases for items to be displayed in the museum and maintenance areas. Tony Van Lynsdonk is undertaking roof repairs.
Volunteer Col Williams gives presentations on the use of old tools to tour groups while John Davis and Chris Kapernick stoke up the old steam boiler to run the mill on museum open days.
Long-term volunteer Shirley Harris uses pyrography to decorate wood with burn marks and some of her items and memorabilia are available to buy.
The museum is open during weekdays and volunteer George Venz is available on Saturday, so the museum is open for visitors and local families to enjoy a weekend treat.
Visitors will see a broad range of interpretive displays on the region's forest industry, from its historical roots through to modern-day machinery and forest management techniques.
The museum can always benefit from more volunteers who have skills that would complement a variety of roles in tourism, restoration, and maintenance.
Woodworks, on the northern side of Gympie on the Bruce Hwy, is open Monday to Saturday 9am-4pm. Entry is $5 per person.