Film captures Nambour’s heritage tramways rich history
  • Tuesday 13 September 2016
ImageTo a packed audience Sunshine Coast Council’s Full Steam Ahead – Stories of Nambour-Mapleton Heritage Tramway DVD was officially launched today (September 13). The film capturing the rich history of this important icon and how it helped shape our region.

Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson said council acknowledged the importance of preserving our region’s heritage when the Cultural Heritage Levy was introduced in 2009.

“The Full Steam Ahead – Stories of Nambour-Mapleton Heritage Tramway DVD was supported by funding from the Cultural Heritage Levy,” Cr Rogerson said.

“This fascinating film outlines the important role this tramway played from 1915-1944 enabling hinterland farmers to deliver their produce directly to the Brisbane market.

“Previously farmers had to send their produce by bullock wagon to Maroochy River where it was then shipped by boat to Brisbane.

“The tramway was a far more reliable and efficient method of transport and became the centre of community life.

“To capture our history through stories like this that have shaped our identity - it certainly makes you proud to be a resident of the Sunshine Coast.

“I would like to thank the many partners and community members who contributed to the Nambour-Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Film.

“Preserving these stories is particularly important as we plan next year’s program of celebration to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast.”

Get involved in the following Heritage Tramway events:

Wednesday, September 28, 2pm – 3pm
Maroochydore Library
Join Helene Cronin from Buderim-Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Inc. for a screening of the Nambour-Mapleton Tramway film and Buderim-Palmwoods Tramway film. Bookings are essential via council’s library website as afternoon tea will be provided.

Wednesday, October 5, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
The Old Ambulance Station, Nambour
Join filmmaker Chris Peckham for a screening of the Nambour-Mapleton Tramway film and Buderim-Palmwoods Tramway film. Free afternoon tea. Bookings essential. Email culturalheritage@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or phone 5420 8600.

Purchase copies the Full Steam Ahead DVDs for just $5 each at Customer Contact Centres or Nambour Library, Maroochydore Library or Caloundra Library from Friday, September 16.

Image caption: Bill Gooding driving the Mapleton Tram hauling passenger carriages, 1933. Image courtesy of council’s Picture Sunshine Coast collection.