OPEN: Jason Cooper and Mayor Rachel Chambers officially open the Gayndah Heritage Railway Rail Trail.
OPEN: Jason Cooper and Mayor Rachel Chambers officially open the Gayndah Heritage Railway Rail Trail. Adam McCleery

Years of hard work pays off

AFTER three long years and a number of obstacles along the way the Gayndah Heritage Railway Rail Trail is officially open and welcoming visitors from near and far to take in a piece of Queensland history.

Gayndah Heritage Railway Rail Trail president Jason Cooper gave heartfelt thanks to all who have helped make the dream a reality and Mayor Rachel Chambers also acknowledged the hurdles the organisation had to overcome in order to achieve it.

"I'd like to thank my members and the board of management, they know who they are, there are 120 members in Queensland, interstate and international and to each and every one who does the hard yards,” Mr Cooper said.

"It's been an emotional journey but I'll tell you now, it has been very rewarding.

"I can see the vision in this project and I have since day one and while I have my members support we will keep kicking goals for our town, our community and the North Burnett.”

Mayor Rachel Chambers has had involvement with the heritage railway project since before taking on the role of mayor.

"It has been a great honour and privilege to work alongside this group for three years before I was mayor,” Mrs Chambers said.

"They came to me with an idea and a dream and I wanted to reflect on the importance of having dreams, that a dream today is for this group a reality.

"But lets also bot underestimate what it takes to turn a dream into a reality.”

Mr Cooper said the organisation felt it was the right time to open the area but still have more to do.

"We will be adding a roof between two of the carriages and building a deck to wrap around them too,” Mr Cooper said.

"The feedback so far has been great and we still have a planned few stages to go.”


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