President of the Buderim-Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Inc. Helene Cronin is upset with council plans not to include the display of the historical locomotive at Lindsay Road in the upcoming budget.
President of the Buderim-Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Inc. Helene Cronin is upset with council plans not to include the display of the historical locomotive at Lindsay Road in the upcoming budget.

Dreams flushed: Outrage as plans for train derailed

AN INTEGRAL part of Buderim's heritage is at risk of derailing in a Sunshine Coast Council move that has residents outraged.

For more than a decade, Buderim residents have been unsuccessfully pleading to have the restored Krauss locomotive become a permanent part of the town centre.

The Buderim-Palmwoods Heritage Tramway group have proposed the "outdated public toilet block" on Lindsay Rd, adjacent to the swimming pool, be demolished and replaced with a building to display Buderim's historic Krauss locomotive.

A petition was drawn up and gained 1681 signatures but was not enough to sway the council's decision.

"(Councillor) Ted Hungerford has decided to put the wishes of the community aside and proceed with an upgrade to the toilet block at the top of Lindsay Rd, Buderim, which will not include, as many had hoped, the restored Krauss locomotive," BPHTI president Helene Cronin said.

President of the Buderim-Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Inc. Helene Cronin is upset with council plans not to include the display of the historical locomotive at Lindsay Road in the upcoming budget.
President of the Buderim-Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Inc. Helene Cronin is upset with council plans not to include the display of the historical locomotive at Lindsay Road in the upcoming budget.

 

"He has resisted us at every move, a councillor should at least talk to his constituents and listen," Mrs Cronin said.

"The community wants it at the old site. He has been conniving and outrageous."

Cr Hungerford said he empathised with the community but said it was not a financially-viable exercise.

He said to fit the train alongside the toilet block, existing car parks would have to be removed, the road moved and intersection brought forward.

"The whole exercise would cost more than $1.1 million and it can't be justified," Cr Hungerford said.

"If I took that into the budget I'd be told to take a hike.

"The group has always had their hearts set on that spot, but it's not large enough."

In 2004, the restoration of the Krauss locomotive begins.
In 2004, the restoration of the Krauss locomotive begins.

Division 7 candidate Cam Young suggested the project be put on hold until after the election in March.

Mr Young called for a thorough investigation of the process and for a period of open public consultation with the people of Buderim.

"This issue has dragged on for many years, and the disappointment with council has not dissipated, so I think it makes sense for council to at least delay the toilet project until the concerns can be sorted out once and for all," Mr Young said.

"This loco has been beautifully restored and would look great in that location in the centre of town; it reminds us of our interesting history and would give locals and visitors something extra to visit and enjoy."

Ms Cronin questioned when the new toilets at Kenilworth had so much community consultation when the Buderim one, with vastly more residents, did not.

"There's no openness, no consultation, none of it," she said.