Facelift planned for homestead entrance
THE former grandiose entrance to Glengallan Homestead is set to be re-interpreted to help anchor more tourists for years to come.
Chair of Glengallan Homestead Trust Donna Fraser said the development was possible thanks to a grant of almost $40,000 awarded by the State Government.
The criteria was sustainability of Queensland's historic past to be protected well into the future and Mrs Fraser said the board thought the entrance restoration would be a huge asset to the homestead.
A photo of the entrance from 1919 will influence the design, which will include a beautiful white paling fence near the highway, an avenue all the way to the homestead and more paling fences around the homestead near the location of former stables.
"A lot of our visitors come in off the New England Hwy," Mrs Fraser said.
"Even though we do have a lot of local visitors, it's often an impulse visit - 'oh they are open, let's check it out'.
"The high profile entrance will be great; it will be a part of our successful future."
Another member of the Glengallan Homestead Trust and project manager Gary Hayes said it was important to preserve the site for future generations.
"I think it's our job to look after it," he said.
"The entrance is important because people need to know it's there.
"Three of the original trees are still in the driveway which will also help us make a nice connection between the gate and homestead.
"The entrance won't look exactly the same as before though, we need to keep it so it can still be used as farm land."
Mr Hayes said this was a project that had been on the back burner for quite some time.
"We hope it will increase visitation," he said. "We have a lot of valuable volunteers who deserve more visitors to go through the doors.
"I'd like to hope work could start within the next month."
Warwick Tourism and Events CEO Tracy Vellacott said it was terrific news for Glengallan.
"Their drive to entice tourists to the area under the heritage banner can only be good for the wider tourism offering in the region," she said.
"The longer we keep tourists staying in the region, the greater the economic benefit for operators as well as the general business community.
"It's a win for all."
The State Government awarded more than $600,000 to community groups and owners of heritage-listed places.
Details of the Everyone's Environment grants program are at http://www.ehp.qld.gov.au.
- Uniting Church in Australia - Eastern Downs Parish St. Andrews Uniting Church - Allora, Restoration of Church windows, $4680.
- Warwick/Killarney Parish of The Uniting Church in Australia, The Warwick Uniting Church, Restoration of Vestery roof and appurtenances, $10,000.
- Glengallan Homestead Trust Ltd, Glengallan Homestead, Glengallan grand entrance, $39,800.