Ringsfield House to close on Friday
RINGSFIELD House will close its doors for the final time for the foreseeable future today.
House Manager and Nanango Historical Society president Roslyn Gregor said it was a hard decision.
"After 23 years of volunteering I'm retiring,” she said.
"We called a meeting of the society to discuss the issue and the treasurer, vice president, and secretary have been here for many many years as well, so it's time we felt to hand over and do other things.”
Mrs Gregor said the house would returned to the South Burnett Regional Council, which would find new managers for the house.
"They are currently developing an expression of interest document to advertise for interested persons, whether it be business or community group,” she said.
Mrs Gregor said she felt quite sad to be leaving the home.
"I do love Ringsfield,” she said.
"Together with my co-management committee, we've put a lot of work in over many, many years to get it to the stage where it is now, along with great help from various people.”
Mrs Gregor said she was proud of what the historical society had achieved with the restoration.
"We want it to continue to succeed and be a great asset to the community,” she said.
"We'd like to see the tourism part of the asset developed to even bigger and better things.
"Tourists just love it.”
"We have great comments form visitors, there is more that can be done and we hope to see it progress to bigger and better things.”
South Burnett Regional Council Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff said the historical society did a good job managing the house.
"We just wanted to say a big thank you for a wonderful term running the facility,” she said.
"They've done a fantastic job, we can't thank the volunteers enough.”
Cr Duff said the council was now looking for a community group or private group to manage the house.
"Ringsfield House is extremely important, it's a beautiful facility that is a major asset to our region,” she said.
"It's extremely important for tourism.”
Ringsfield will close its doors at 5pm today (Friday, March 31) and will reopen when new management is found.