North Burnett’s hidden ‘gem’ delights renovator
GAYNDAH fruitgrower Emma Robinson is creating her dream home.
"I wanted to support local materials - that was really important to me - having local stuff in the build," Ms Robinson said.
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Having heard about Eidsvold Siltstone, she investigated further and was taken by the quality of the striking white, fine-grained sandstone.
She used it to clad three internal walls.
"It adds a feeling that I've never seen in anything else," Ms Robinson said.
"We were so happy with that product because it had a lot of texture to it, that we decided to use it in the fireplace as well, in a smooth cut form.
"We are also cladding a water feature in the courtyard and we are going to have some siltstone blocks around the fire pit."
Ms Robinson described it as a "high-end product" that was "not really that expensive at all" per square metre.
"If you were building a beautiful home I would definitely encourage more people to be thinking about it," she said.
Eidsvold Siltstone was founded in 2000 by Victorian geologist Michael Whitty after he discovered the stone near Lochaber Creek.
The stone had been revealed by roadwork undertaken by the former Eidsvold Shire Council.
The stone is that it is an aluminosilicate, as opposed to a carbonaceous material, which explains its striking whiteness.
"It's a special stone," Mr Whitty said.
Mr Whitty said Eidsvold Siltstone was one of only a handful of construction stone producers in Australia which produced a white stone.
He claimed 95 per cent of Australia's construction stone was imported from places like China, Italy, Japan and Turkey.
His company supplies wall tiles, pavers, hand-split wall cladding bricks, garden pebbles, quarry blocks and retaining wall stones, all tested to construction industry standards.
Mr Whitty said Eidsvold Siltstone had supplied materials for prestigious builds right up the east coast of Australia, including at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.
"I think we're better known in Melbourne than we are in the North Burnett," Mr Whitty said.
"We are a cottage industry and we're here to stay.
"There is enough stone out there for generations.
"And the business is as solid as the stone itself."
See more information at Eidsvold Siltstone's website, which includes a gallery.