$85,000 will be injected into Mary Valley volunteer and community groups under an LNP Government.

Member for Gympie, Tony Perrett, said that the funds will be used to upgrade facilities, improve safety features on existing attractions, and provide funding to help develop a concept plan for a new local attraction.

“The Mary Valley is a close-knit community which relies on visitors to help underpin economic prosperity and support,” Mr Perrett said.

“Local Imbil businesses rely on outside tourists stopping in the town to buy supplies, fuel, ice, and patronise the pub, cafes, butcher shop and other retailers.

“These improvements will inject funds into the local community, improve the amenity of local buildings, and increase the variety of attractions available for locals and visitors to the region.

“The Lake Borumba Fish Stocking Association will receive $20,000 to help upgrade its current on-site building to meet building and safety compliance codes.

“Upgrade works will include the installation of interconnected smoke alarms and fire extinguishers, exit lighting, plumbed gas to exterior bottles, replacement of onsite wastewater facility, waterproof finish to the exterior brick wall, removal of asbestos sheeting and debris.

“The LBSFA volunteers play a pivotal role in the successful fish restocking and tagging activities, running fishing competitions at Lake Borumba, as we well as undertaking property maintenance.

“They use the building as a base for overnight stays, fingerling releases, fish tagging operations, Gympie Regional Show attendance, Seqwater property maintenance, and the running of the Mary Valley Fishing Classic and to hold meetings.

“I have secured a commitment of $20,000 towards installing solar on the Mary Valley Men’s Shed which will help alleviate electricity costs for the local community group.

“The Men’s Shed is a great place for locals to meet and work on projects at their own pace, in their own time, and in the company of other men.

“It has become a vital community organisation which can provide company, and an opportunity to make new friends and learn new skills.

“It is a powerful tool in addressing men’s health and wellbeing and helping them feel that they are valued and productive members of our community

“Imbil Rail Park Inc will receive $20,000 towards the refurbishment and restoration of the train and caboose, upgrade buildings, and help create a safe access to the static train display safe.

“Volunteers have already been cleaning the “Proud Mary” which is an historic C17 class locomotive No 705 is currently at Gympie’s railway station.

“The classic designed train is recognisable as those that pioneered Queensland railways in the early 1900s.

“Train buffs advise me that she is identifiable for her straight-sided cutaway cab, tall steam dome, cast iron chimney and low-sided bogie tender.

“Imbil Park Inc need funding to help cover sandblasting and several coats of painting, pinstriping and signage to help protect the train for another 100 years.

“After the upgrade families and visitors will be able to climb aboard “Proud Mary.” “This project pays homage to the golden age of steam and appreciate her historic significance.

“It also recognises the importance of the Mary Valley Branch line to the development of this region.

“This project is the first of many planned to help activate the Imbil Rail Park site, by preserving the history of the Mary Valley as well as attracting tourists and locals to the region.

“The other project is the plan for a Rail Trail from Imbil to Amamoor.

“I have secured a $25,000 commitment to help develop a concept plan for an extended rail trail.

“These volunteers and community groups are very much valued and play a big part in the Mary Valley community.

“Under an LNP government we are committed to providing the grassroots infrastructure that will allow these groups to thrive,” he said