Handcrafted doors opened at new Mary Cairncross Discovery Centre
  • Monday 24 April 2017
Discovery Centre doors

It took the talented and dedicated Blackall Range “Woodies” more than 1000 hot hours to carve two beautifully crafted doors that are now officially on show to everyone after being officially opened in their home at the Mary Cairncross Rainforest Discovery Centre

The doors’ eye-catching design, crafted by the Blackall Range Woodcrafters Guild, represents strangler figs on host trees which grow in the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve at Maleny.

They were designed by David Southern and are constructed of rosewood, with the carved trees and vines from local red cedar.

Mayor Mark Jamieson, who was involved in today’s doors opening ceremony, praised the efforts of the guild members who toiled through the summer months to create the solid wood doors.

“The Woodies battled considerable heat through the very hot, dry months in January and February,” Mr Jamieson said.

“This is an outstanding achievement that reflects the history of the hinterland and is a wonderful addition to this incredible new building.”

Division 5 Cr Jenny McKay, who like Mayor Jamieson is a patron of the Woodies, said the doors were just part of the outstanding contribution the guild makes to the Sunshine Coast community.

“What they’ve produced here for everyone to see at Mary Cairncross is simply magnificent,” Cr McKay said.

“They’re an amazing group who are very community minded.

“These doors are such a fitting welcome statement for the new centre.”

Woodies president John Muller thanked council for the unique opportunity to produce the Mary Cairncross doors.

“This is a very special day for us at the Woodies. We had more than 30 members involved in this project and the end result is something we’ve very proud of,” Mr Muller said.

“This slice of native rainforest is my favourite part of the Coast.

“It’s a very therapeutic place and we’re delighted to have been able to complete a project such as this one for the Reserve.”

The world-class Rainforest Discovery Centre was officially opened by the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, on February 27 this year.

Offering the most spectacular views of the heritage listed Glass House Mountains, the $4.7 million Discovery Centre features an elevated viewing platform and boardwalk and the Rainforest Education Centre with a combination of traditional interactive displays, multi-sensory experiences and exhibits.

There is also a theatrette, a conservation research area and offices and amenities for the hard-working volunteers and staff who run the information desk.

 A café is expected to open in coming weeks.

Image: At the opening of the doors at the Mary Cairncross Rainforest Discovery Centre are (from left): Member for Glasshouse Andrew Powell, Mayor Mark Jamieson, designer Dave Southern, Cr Jenny McKay and Blackall Range Woodcrafters Guild (Woodies) president John Muller.