HINKLER HALL OF AVIATION ESCAPES WORST OF FLOODS BUT STEAM LOCOS NOT SO LUCKY

Bundaberg Regional Council staff are busily preparing one of Bundaberg’s iconic tourist attractions, the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, for reopening.

Council’s Sport & Recreation and Venues portfolio spokesperson, Cr. Lynne Forgan said the facility had escaped the worst of the flooding with around 30 centimeters of water passing through the museum which is located at North Bundaberg in the Botanic Gardens.

“Fortunately, all records and the many irreplaceable items housed at the facility escaped damage,” she said.

“I am also pleased to report that Bert Hinkler’s house located next to Café 1928 remained completely high and dry and escaped any damage.”

Cr. Forgan said she wanted to pay credit to the staff at the Hinkler Hall of Aviation who were committed to the facility and were immensely proud of the role it had played in Bundaberg’s tourism since its opening in 2008.

While things are flying high for the mementos associated with Bundaberg’;s aviation pioneer, all is not as rosy for lovers of the majestic old steam trains that grace the Botanic Gardens as a popular running attraction.

The five locomotives and six carriages that had been lovingly restored by the 80 members of the Bundaberg Steam Tramway Preservation Society have been decimated.

According to long time member Ross Driver it was unbelievable what the force of the floodwaters did to the locomotives, carriages, equipment and buildings.

“A five tone ballast carriage has just been tipped on its end. All the carriages are overturned and the locomotives have gone completely underwater. Our buildings including our training room is destroyed. However, that said, the situation is retrievable – with a lot of hard work and help.”

Inkler Hall of AviatiDate: 05-02-2013

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