Goomeri Hall of Memory to receive much needed restoration
The Goomeri Hall of Memory is a state heritage listed war memorial and an imperative part of Goomeri history. The hall was constructed in 1926 to commemorate all those in the district who had served in WW1, and at an extension, those who served in subsequent wars.
During a routine inspection of the building, council maintenance officers identified deterioration of the historic building and grounds.
The Goomeri Hall of Memory Asset Renewal Project aims to restore the building exterior to its former glory. The works will include repairs to the external building, external paint finish, replacement of the dilapidated pine trees, installation of signage, security upgrades and restoration of the original coat of arms.
Councillor Hilary Smerdon said the Goomeri Hall of Memory Asset Renewal Project is a great outcome for the residents of Goomeri who have waited a long time for the hall to receive some restorative work.
“I’d like to thank the Queensland Government for the funding of this renewal project. The hall is not only an icon of Goomeri, but an important place of remembrance for those who have served.
“It is great to see the hall will be receiving some much needed TLC” he said.
The restorative works are scheduled to commence on Tuesday 4 May 2021, with the front façade and sides of the building to be completed in time for the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival. The works will be placed on hold during the festival, with public access restrictions and construction materials removed. Construction will start again after the festival with the finishing touches expected to be completed in early June.
Residents may experience construction noises; however minimal disturbance is expected.
The Goomeri Hall of Memory Asset Renewal Project is estimated to cost $127,000 and is an initiative by the Queensland Government through the Works 4 Qld program. Delivered by Council’s Asset Facilities Project Management team.
Council would like to thank the public in advance for their patience.
The countdown is on to this year’s Gympie Show.
On Thursday 13 to Saturday 15 May, the Gympie Show will make its triumphant return to the Gympie Showgrounds, and the word on the street is, it will be one of the best in recent memory.
For well over a century, the show has been the place where families, farmers and visitors to our area come together to enjoy what is great about our region.
Whether you are interested in the trucks, tractors, and farming equipment on display in Machinery Alley, love looking at the cattle judging, bull riding and baby animals in the animal nursery or enjoy all the excitement of Sideshow Alley, there is something for everyone.
For a lot of families, this is the one event they take their kids to each year to enjoy the fireworks, eat delicious food, grab a show bag and most importantly, enjoy being together.
This will be the first time I will be attending the Gympie Show as Mayor and what excites me the most about this year’s event is seeing our iconic showgrounds full of activity.
Last year was a difficult period for the Gympie Show Society, who were forced to cancel their event due to COVID-19. However, what made me proud was how they rallied together and found creative ways of generating an income, including the creation of the Gympie Showgrounds Farmers Markets.
This year, I have been given the honour of judging the poultry competition. So, if you are near the Poultry Pavilion on Thursday morning, come and say hello and feel free to give me any tips on what makes an awarding-winning chicken.
Now more than ever, I encourage everyone to support the Gympie Show Society by getting all of your friends and family together and visit this year’s show.
Mayor Glen Hartwig