Public urged to share views on railway precinct

CHAMBER has been in recess for the holiday season but the first meeting for 2014 is not far away.

It will be at the Warwick Library on Monday, February 17 from 5.30pm.

All members and interested members are welcome to join us at the meeting. Guest speaker will be Christine Stammers, who will speak on how businesses can assist with mental health issues in the workplace.

Chamber will hold a meeting with interested people to discuss the railway precinct and to gauge the amount of community support.

This will be held in the last week of February and any groups who would like to have a say please contact myself on the number below.

All organisations who have shown interest in the potential of this idea will be invited to be represented;

A brief list of the potential of this area:

  •  Could form a permanent rail museum and static display for Southern Downs Steam Railway.
  •  Could give the steam railway a more professional ticket and souvenir outlet.
  •  Could form a link with the Ipswich rail museum through Toowoomba to Wallangarra and Tenterfield making a "rail trail" of different museums and rail activity.
  •  Give the new Great Divide Scenic Rail a destination in Warwick.
  •  Create a destination for tourists in Warwick with room for big caravans and RVs to turn around and park.
  •  Create a craft and arts display, sales and artisans work space and at the same time preserve a magnificent historic and industrial place of beauty, heavy timber beams and sandstone.
  •  Space for a function centre with a difference.
  •  Put a significant First World War memorial on permanent display.
  •  Give a home to the site of the infamous "egg throwing incident" that led to the formation of the federal police.
  •  Save a huge part of Warwick's social and economic history.
  • The Chamber has had good reports of improved retail activity for Christmas any retailers who would like to have input into the results from last year and how they can help the Chamber with plans for 2014 should phone president Bruce Partridge on 0429 032 767.


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