Remarks offered by Mayor Angela Toppin
Representatives of the Mt Molloy Boiler Block Benefit Committee, George and Margo Chapman, Representatives of JAMMARR. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Good morning
I would like to start today by acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the land on which we gather today. I pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
It is my privilege to welcome you here today for the official launch of the Mt Molloy Boiler Block.
This truly is a piece of history of our region that tells a story much greater than just the technical aspects of the boiler, the steam winch and the engine.
With a place on the Queensland Heritage Register, the steam plant at the site of JM Johnston’s sawmill represents industry, innovation and community resilience.
This site pays homage to an industry that enabled Mt Molloy’s survival following the downturn of mining and serves to recognise the importance of forestry as one of the main causes for settlement in the region and an economic mainstay during the 1900s.
This site was impacted by fires during its history, so we are fortunate that the steam plant survived and has now become an attraction for tourists and locals alike.
These types of attractions are so important in our shire where we know people love to hit the road, and self-drive tourists form the majority of the market.
We know that the economic recovery from COVID in the Mareeba Shire is underway, but these types of attractions which draw people from the main centres and invite them to stop in towns like Mt Molloy will contribute further to the recovery.
We congratulate all involved in this project.
Not only for creating a visually appealing and interesting site, but also for the broader future benefits that will be realised.
Council was pleased to contribute to the signage project through the Regional Arts Development Fund and, as Mayor, I commend the Boiler Block Benefit Committee for your efforts.
Congratulations and thank you.