Much loved locomotive back on track
  • Friday 13 December 2013

A significant slice of Sunshine Coast history is set to be put on permanent display.

The Buderim-Palmwoods Tramway that operated between 1915 and 1935 will soon be displayed in the heart of Buderim Village.

Division 7 Councillor Ted Hungerford said the community’s desire to permanently display the recently restored locomotive was supported by councillors at today’s Ordinary Meeting.

“The Kraus Locomotive has both cultural and historical value to the community of Buderim and support for this project has been widespread throughout an extensive community consultation process,” he said.

“Council has prepared a design report to display the restored locomotive in the heart of Buderim at a proposed site in Buderim Central Parklands on the corner of Burnett Street and Lindsay Road.”

The locomotive was purchased by the Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Inc. in 2004. Council contributed $10,000 funding from 2009/10 Division 7 allocation for the Buderim Central Parklands Landscape Concept Plan that included a proposed site for the restored locomotive.

Council also contributed $10,000 in funding from the 2013/14 Division 6 allocation to progress the project. The Buderim Palmwoods Tramway Inc. has raised $30,000 in donations to go towards the project.

Construction of the Kraus Locomotive Display has been estimated at $450,000 plus design and project management costs. Funding for construction of the project will need to be principally via grant funding donations. The Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Inc. will be responsible for managing fundraising opportunities.

The project could also be eligible for a variety of community and heritage grants offered by council, State and Federal Government. An application has been submitted for the Queensland State Government ‘Everyone’s Environment Grants’ – Round Two, for up to $40,000.