- Friday 08 May 2009
The newly completed Glass House Visitor and Interpretive Centre will be officially unveiled this Saturday, giving the public a first peek into the Sunshine Coast’s latest world-class facility.
A crowd of up to 500 is expected at the opening celebrations, which will include tours of the architecturally- designed building and 24 market stalls showcasing locally grown food, the area’s renowned arts and crafts and exhibits from Australia Zoo, Aussie World and the Big Kart Track.
The official opening will be attended by a who’s who of local politicians and councillors including Mayor Bob Abbot, Senator Mark Furner, federal MP Peter Slipper and State parliamentarian Carolyn Male.
It will give residents and visitors their first glimpse into this world-class building – and they should be prepared for the “wow” factor, according to Division One Councillor Anna Grosskreutz.
“We’ve really been looking forward to this day – it’s the culmination of a dream I have always had for the Glass House region,” she said.
“The beautiful new state-of-the-art centre is a wonderful boost for the region. It will welcome visitors heading north to the Sunshine Coast and promote local attractions and accommodation in a one-stop shop for tourists.”
This weekend’s opening will feature local stalls ranging from wine tasting to writers groups, an art exhibition and woodwork on show. The event starts at 10am and runs until midday.
Cr Grosskreutz said local residents were especially welcome to join the celebration, which includes many of the people involved in the project’s planning and construction and the friendly staff and volunteers working in the new centre.
“It’s time to celebrate the hard work and support that has gone into the construction of this building. We received funding from both the State and Federal Governments to build this and now it’s time for the community see the final result – I’m sure they will be impressed.
“There will be something for everyone with fresh produce, food, plants and books for sale. We also have face painting by the local childcare centre to keep children entertained.”
She encouraged families to bring a chair or rug and a picnic lunch, or enjoy the Rotary sausage sizzle and tea and coffee on offer.
- Community Hall (via Gardner St)
- Railway Station car park (access via Reed Street)
- Community Centre park (access via Ryan Street)
- Pedestrian railway crossing
(SES staff will be based at every parking location to assist)