FORMER timber cutters from the Mary Valley, their descendants and people currently involved in the timber industry are invited to join the crowd at the Imbil railway station for the dedication of a unique statue this month.
The wooden sculpture will be "unveiled" by artist Keith Gall as part of the official opening ceremony for the Imbil tourist information centre on October 23 at 12.30pm.
The centre has been an on-going project for the Imbil Show Development Group (formerly Friends of Imbil), and with recent support by the Cooloola Regional Development Bureau it is now ready to open to assist the public on Wednesdays and Sundays.
The centre is based in the renovated police stables and offers a static display of tourist brochures for the Cooloola Shire and surrounding areas, which are accessible even when it is not "open".
The unique timber cutter statue near the centre was made possible by a grant from the Regional Arts Development Fund, a joint initiative between the State Government and Cooloola Shire Council.
It was created to honour the pioneers of the Mary Valley timber industry.
The information centre aims to be a major boon to the Mary Valley tourist trade, offering information on attractions and activities throughout the shire, but it is operated by volunteers and more people are needed to fill the roster.
Opening hours will be Wednesdays 12-2pm and Sundays 10am-2pm.
Inquiries to Kaili Parker-Price on 5484 5338.
READY FOR ACTION: The Imbil tourist information centre will soon be manned on Wednesdays and Sundays, but has brochures available in self-serve racking at all times.
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