Historic Burnett landmark comes back home
THE Wooroolin train station has been relocated to its original location where it stood since 1904.
It is currently undergoing a facelift as Wooroolin's newest tourist attraction.
The station was built in the early 1900s and the train line went out to Kingaroy.
In the late 1990s after the train lines in the region were no longer in use, all the stations in the region were disassembled.
But as South Burnett Regional Councillor Ros Heit explains, the Wooroolin community had other plans for the much beloved train station.
"Other town's stations had been broken down and used for firewood but the Wooroolin community wanted to save their station,” Cr Heit said.
So the station was relocated over to the camping ground where it was intended to be used for school sports days.
"Sadly, since the schools no longer have their sports days here, the station has become victim to vandals and people sleeping in there,” Cr Heit said.
With the assistance of the Lions Club, Cr Heit pushed hard to get the train station relocated back to its original birth place.
"The majority of councillors agreed with the proposal and I'm proud to say the station has now been moved back,” she said.
The much loved train station will now undergo some repairs before it becomes an impressive tourist attraction for Wooroolin visitors.
"The station will have a static display explaining the history of the train station and the train line for visitors to the region,” Cr Heit said.
The Lions Club has been busy preparing the station and it should be accessible in the next few weeks.
"Thanks to the Lions Club, the station is currently getting a facelift with new paint and a new roof. We will also add disability access and a waiting room,” Cr Heit said.