Kandanga spirit shows in new community centre
COMMUNITY spirit is alive and well in Kandanga as the townspeople get set to open a new community information centre on Saturday.
Spokesperson Puddy Dan said the Friends of Kandanga group had secured the lease of a property at 47 Main Street, Kandanga, to create a centre to accommodate Kandanga's heritage, and to have a tourist centre staffed with locals who can explain the vast changes happening in the area.
The centre will sell souvenirs, and offer tea and coffee, and Internet café, and includes a book exchange library as well as offering rooms for craft classes and workshops.
As well, there is a dedicated room for local artworks, and memorabilia displays of the pineapple and timber industries of the area.
The centre will also sell new and pre-loved clothing.
Friends of Kandanga open the doors to the centre on June 23, with markets from 11am-3pm, and a free sausage sizzle from 11.30am, with billy tea and damper also on offer.
Cooloola mayoress Tina Vendardos will officially open the centre at 1pm.
Mrs Dan said the building was in Stage 2 of the proposed Traveston Crossing Dam, and the group had taken a contract on the property with Queensland Water Infrastructure, which gives it tenancy until the completion of works on Stage 1.
After that, a proposal would be put to the Office of Urban Management for a suitable replacement building.
Mrs Dan is quick to point out that the groundwork for the info centre had been laid many years ago, and the group has put some $12,000 into getting the centre up and running.
She said there had been some flak about the building being provided by QWI, but she was adamant that the group was not in any way connected with the proposed dam.
"We believe that if we have an established business here, then it will have to be replaced if the time comes for the dam to be built," Mrs Dan said.
"Some people think we are getting a handout, but they have to realise that we are providing a real service to the town - I really believe it will bring the town together.
"This is something we have wanted for years but have never been able to secure the funding for a building.
"At last it has all come together," she said.
"You cannot bury your head in the sand, you have to keep moving ahead and make the town feel like a town, in spite of the current issues."
The group has a sound base of volunteers but is always looking for more people to help man the information centre, and its other project - the markets and displays at the Kandanga Railway Station on Wednesdays and Sundays.
The new centre is next to the Kandanga Post Office and operates from 10am-4pm on Tuesday to Sunday.
If you would like to volunteer, contact Mrs Dan on 5484 3382.
• Markets 11am-3pm
• Free sausage sizzle 11.30am
• Official opening 1pm
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