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Calls For Important Piece Of Buderim's Past To Be Preserved

Krauss Loco.  Image Supplied 

The Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Group is pushing for an important piece of Buderim's heritage to be preserved where it belongs, in Buderim.

Vice President Noel Williams said they want to see the old loco, which used to travel along the Buderim to Palmwoods railway line, preserved for future generations in its original home.

He said the "Krauss Loco was the original loco that ran on the line between Buderim and Palmwoods between 1914 and 1935".

"It then had rather a chequered history as a cane train up at Bundaberg until the mid 60's and then it did the rounds at collectors yards and scrap yards and we managed to rescue it, back in 2004 I think it was, with money provided by the then Mayor...and three Councillors, we bought it.

"And our people have set to work and restored it...it's a static restoration...and we want to display it in the middle of Buderim where the old station used to be, which is where that revolting old toilet block is [Buderim Central Toilet]" he said.

The group has asked Council to demolish the toilet block and build a new one, Council had reportedly told them they may be able to carry out the demolition in 2022.

Mr Williams said what they want to do is "have it knocked down and put a lovely display building there, a glass sided building, to show off the Krauss Loco in all its glory and have modern toilets attached to it".

He said Councillor Ted Hungerford has been unresponsive at best. Mr Williams said there was also a proposal to send the Loco to Nambour.

He added that Council has ignored two petitions presented to them, which proved there was support for the Loco to remain in Buderim.

Mr Williams said they will continue to fight for this in the lead-up to the Local Government Election in 2020.

A Council spokesperson said "Council, in consultation with the Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Inc., has undertaken an extensive investigation of potential locations for a display building for the Krauss Locomotive".

Mr Williams said the Treasurer and President did go with a Council officer to look at the site below the Old post Office and also Tom Rickards Park and they agreed that neither was suitable.

He added "we were played like mugs by the Council officers and no consultation when it came to the report".

"They went behind our backs and put in their own biased report to the Council meeting, which we weren’t allowed to see until shortly before the Council meeting.

"A thoroughly disgraceful episode as far as I’m concerned" he said.  

Several locations in Buderim have been investigated including:

  • the Old Post Office site adjacent to the round-about
  • the Lindsay Road toilet block site
  • all council owned or managed open spaces in Buderim village (including Stuart Weir Place on Martins Creek, Buderim Village Park, Ballinger Court Park on Ballinger Court and Tom Rickards Park in Pine St).

Unfortunately, all the Buderim sites investigated were found to be unsuitable.

The Lindsay Road toilet block site investigation included consideration of a combined Krauss Display Building with a new toilet building. Following preparation of numerous site layouts, it was determined that the area of land is too small to accommodate both uses.

Three further options were investigated to potentially increase the area of the Lindsay Road Toilet block site to accommodate both a display building and new toilets. The three options included:

  • relinquish land from the Village Green, the land in front of the Buderim Swimming Pool, and move the road into the parkland. This option was found to be unsuitable due to the cost to relocate services, tree removal and road relocation
  • relocate and reduce car parking beside the Buderim Swimming Pool. This option was found to be unsuitable as it reduced the carpark by 3 spaces when parking is already limited
    acquire land from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) on Lindsay Road. This option was found to be unsuitable because the QFES currently uses this area.

In addition, it was noted that the cost to prepare each site and build the required infrastructure (including ‘all of life’ building costs) for each of the Lindsay Road options was determined to be over $1.7 million for each option.

Council endorsed the outcomes of this investigation, in the Ordinary Meeting Report of 17 August 2017, and resolved to continue to support the Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Inc. should a suitable location be identified for the display of the Krauss Locomotive.

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