Local resident Dulcie Hewitt on the platform of the Kilkivan Railway station. She was hoping the building could be restored but the damage is too extensive. It has now been condemned.
Local resident Dulcie Hewitt on the platform of the Kilkivan Railway station. She was hoping the building could be restored but the damage is too extensive. It has now been condemned. Jannette Parke

White ants ruin Kilkivan icon

KILKIVAN’S unique railway station building, built in 1914, is to be demolished due to extensive white ant damage.

It’s a particularly upsetting blow for local resident Dulcie Hewitt, who led a campaign to try and prevent the closure of the historic Theebine to Murgon railway line of which the Kilkivan station was part.

“We were devastated,” she said yesterday.

“We were hoping to restore it, but it’s too far gone.

“The only thing that’s holding it up now is the paint.”

Mrs Hewitt said the building was condemned following an inspection by Queensland Rail and would be demolished as soon as possible.

“Queensland Rail said someone could be killed and now with all the (danger do not enter) tape around it, it’s even more of an attraction to the young ones,” she said.

Once a major stopover point for cattle heading to the meatworks, Kilkivan Railway Station was located on one of Queensland’s earliest railway lines, established in 1886.

One of the “Kilkivan” signs and original lamps will be retained on the site.

The other sign and any sound structure from the building such as the hardwood timber arches and other useful items will be stored by Queensland Rail for possible use in the restoration of other similar heritage railway stations.

Mrs Hewitt was instrumental in establishing the Kilkivan Community Gardens and Railway Markets Project Incorporated and said the location will remain an historical site.

For now the group will concentrate on establishing a botanical garden.

“There’s about 17 acres that we mow and take care of – all funded ourselves and with volunteers doing all the work,” she said.

Gympie Times


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