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Gantry Building at Mt Mee

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Carmel Bond
C/- Dayboro District Historical Society Inc
PO Box 143

Total Signatures - 1146

Sponsoring Member: Andrew Powell MP

Posting Date: 29/11/2016

Tabled Date: 29/11/2016

Responded By: Hon Dr Steven Miles MP on 3/01/2017

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

The petition of residents of the State of Queensland draws to the attention of the House to the possibility that the Gantry building situated in the Gantry Day Use Area of the D'Aguilar National Park at Mt. Mee may be demolished. The Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing's website advises that "Due to safety concerns, the Gantry structure in The Gantry day use area has been closed". The Gantry building is the last remaining relic of what was once a huge timber industry at Mt. Mee. Should the building be demolished, there will be no visual reminder of that industry for future generations to come. The original gantry building was constructed in 1958 by Mick Simpson, then owner of the Mt. Mee Sawmill. Mt. Mee Sawmill was built by Hancock Bros, in late 1933. In 1947 it was sold to Dudley Kingston. In 1951 it was purchased by Martin Purcell and Bob Stephens, Mick Simpson became the last owner in 1955. The sawmill closed in the early 1960s. Thousands of people visit the Gantry Day Use Area every year.


Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to authorise the Department of National Parks to carry out whatever repairs are necessary to the Gantry building so it can once again be opened to the public and to also establish an on-site display recording the history of the Mt Mee Sawmill.