Volunteers from Australia’s most trusted rural charity have finished a week of improvement works in the North Burnett town of Gayndah.
Thirty-five Rural Aid volunteers spent last week sprucing up the town’s buildings, clubs and public spaces as part of the award-winning Our Towns program.
The Our Towns program is a Rural Aid commitment to work with rural towns over a five-year period to help bring to life the vision local leaders have for their community, with the help of $100,000.
The Rural Aid volunteers have been hard at work restoring and repairing Gayndah’s Heritage Railway, CWA Hall, showgrounds, bowls club, Historical Society and pottery club.
The team also gave a makeover to the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail and the Binjour Bowls Club.
Gayndah local leader Dael Giddins said the volunteers’ efforts helped lift a weight off the town.
“The project has been amazing and has given the local volunteers a break,” Ms Giddins said.
“Every one of these projects has been a feel-good project and there has been a real buzz.”
Rural Aid Farm and Community Coordinator Grant Miskimmin said it was the second time the volunteers had visited the town for a round of makeover works.
“The volunteers have a real connection with the town,” Mr Miskimmin said.
“Gayndah is a very special place full of amazing, community-minded residents. It’s fantastic to see it sitting a little taller and brighter after our week in town.
“We can’t wait to see Gayndah continue to bring their Community Development Plan to life, a document that was created with small town expert Peter Kenyon from the Bank of I.D.E.A.S, at the start of the Our Towns journey.
“And we’d also like to extend our thanks to Queensland Energy, who contributed financially to make our second visit to Gayndah possible,” Mr Miskimmin said.
The Rural Aid volunteers arrived in town on Sunday 9 October and officially finished their week on Friday 14 October.
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