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3 November, 2021

First sod turned for Yungaburra rotunda

THE first sod has been turned for a new project at Yungaburra that will provide the town with a new gathering place for special occasions.

By Robyn Holmes

Yungaburra Beautification Committee president Sue Fairley and Tablelands Mayor Rod Marti turn the first sod of the project.

Tablelands Mayor Rod Marti and Beautification Committee President Sue Fairley were on hand on Thursday afternoon to turn to turn the first sod for the new Band Rotunda which will be built in Bruce Jones Market Park, Yungaburra. 

This project has taken a number of years to bring to fruition and has been primarily funded through a community fund raising effort by the Yungaburra Beautification Committee. 

Controllable lighting for the rotunda and nearby trees has also been funded by the Community Benefit Fund which means that any band using the rotunda will be able to modify the colour and mood of lighting during a concert.

The rotunda will also likely be used for weddings, the markets and community movie nights. 

Project Committee chair Jim Petrich acknowledged the extraordinary effort made by many people in the Yungaburra community to bring the project to a start date. 

“The commitment and vision by the members of the local Beautification Committee was outstanding,” he said. 

Project manager Rolf Straatemeier said construction was expected to commence in November and be completed by the end of the year. 

“The rotunda was designed by Ernest Raso from EDR Concepts and there are a number of tradespersons who have provided their time and expertise including local builders Ian Byrnes from Ian Byrnes Building, Will Verri from Northern Building & Construction and Marty Suthers from Barron River Electrical. A number of retired tradespersons will also be providing assistance,” he said.

“We have been in touch with some Far North Queensland bands, along with military bands who have indicated they are excited about playing for our community next year,” Mr Straatemeier said. 

“We look forward to what the future holds for the use of the rotunda and we hope it will be a valuable asset, which will help bring our community together and continue to make Yungaburra a vibrant place to live and visit.”

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