Glass House visitor van farewell
  • Tuesday 28 April 2009

For seven years, a humble caravan was the first point of call for visitors to the Glass House Mountains region.

Glass House Country Tourism volunteers ran a Visitor Information Centre out of the old-style van parked in Matthew Flinders Park at Beerburrum – never letting their low-cost “office” short-change their ability to spread the word about the area’s renowned beauty.

So it will be with great sadness that volunteers and staff farewell the van this week to make way for the state-of-the-art Glass House Visitor and Interpretive Centre about to be opened next week.

Thursday’s celebration will be a combined seventh birthday party for the van as well as a final farewell before the move to the new centre at Settlers Rotary Park.

Division One Councillor Anna Grosskreutz is hosting a morning tea to thank the team of volunteers who kept the service running for the past seven years.

Afterwards, the van will be towed to the site of the new visitor centre so it can join the party when the official opening gets underway on Saturday 9 May.

Cr Grosskreutz said a huge crowd was expected to attend the opening, which will be a community celebration with a live band, displays, stalls and performances.

“The van, along with a team of dedicated volunteers and staff, has done a fantastic job providing visitor information for the past seven years,” Cr Grosskreutz said.

“But the time has come to upgrade our visitor information service and put the faithful old van out to retirement.

“Having said that, it would be remiss of us not to include the van in our opening celebrations, which is what we plan to do.”

The centre will open to the public from Tuesday 5 May.