- Friday 13 March 2015
A greener bowls club for Mapleton
Mapleton Bowls Club is back in action after a three month break to install new turf and redo the permitter gullies to a standard height. I attended the recent reopening celebrations along with Mayor Mark Jamieson and a couple of hundred excited bowlers. Council contributed funds to the tune of $10,000 from the Community Major Grants Program for the installation of Truline Anti-Rebound Ditches, which was part of the upgrade. The State Government also contributed $100,00 from the Get Playing Program, towards the green upgrade. It’s great to see the club up and running again and I wish them all the best for a terrific season!
Centenary Shay Locomotive
We’re fast approaching the centenary of the Shay locomotive, which once operated daily between Nambour and Mapleton. I’m working with these communities, through spokesperson Andrew Melville, and local artist Lucas Saltan to see what long-lasting public memorabilia we can come up with to mark this milestone in October. So far we’re thinking along the lines of a bench seat overlooking the Shay’s old route – it would be great to see this symbolic piece double as something functional. I’ll keep you updated on this and other commemorations throughout the year. You can read more about the Shay under ‘Cultural Heritage’ on Council’s website.
A designer dunny for Kenilworth
The ‘Designer Dunny’ working group, which is made up of passionate Kenilworth community members, recently met with Council officers to discuss the amenities block for Isaac Moore Park that will double as an outstanding sculptural art piece. Council’s Infrastructure Service Director assured me and the group that his department is 100% behind this project and I look forward to seeing it progress. We’re considering how to invite submissions for this structural masterpiece but one thing is very clear – it will be a piece that aims to catch the eye of visitors from far and wide!
First published in Range News on March 13