The Cooroy Noosa Genealogical and Historical Research Group have been looking for a home to call their own for many years. Now Cooroy History has a new home as on May 2, hundreds gathered in Cooroy to celebrate the end of that search.
Their ever-expanding collection of valuable local and family history resources will now be available for many locals who may be looking for answers to their questions now and for years to come.
At the opening, group president Bev Warner made a heartfelt speech to thank her committee and so many whose tireless work helped get them to the finish line. She also remembered many who were not there to celebrate the big day. Mayor Tony Wellington recalled the years of those who never gave up on the dream of the new Heritage Centre while the different levels of government worked with the group to identify a suitable parcel of land.
In mid-2013, a block of land next to the SES on Emerald Street became available and now hosts the building we will all enjoy. Concept plans, work with local surveyor, Max Watterson and Deanne Kinloch-Passenger meant the group successfully achieved a material change of use for the land. Fundraising efforts then included regular sausage sizzles, Home-style Bake pie drives, pot luck lunches, raffles, garage and plant sales and even selling home-made jams.
Small grants over time were attained from the Noosa Shire Council, state and federal governments, the Department of Social Security, the Cooroy Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank, Tewantin Noosa RSL, Noosa Heads Surf Lifesaving Club and Cooroy Rag. Generous donations from past and present members and members of the community were also received.
With development plans approved, work began in September, 2016 and the building was completed on December 23, 2016. Builder, Harry Kirk and a team of concreters, carpenters, electricians and plumbers were applauded at the launch, along with architect, Jacques Ritief, Stephan Prystupa from TOD Engineering and Design, and building certifier, Don Greghan.
Electrician Jim Bissett, Carter Connections who came at very short notice to prepare the phone connection for Telstra, Noosa Council’s Alan Hazell, Barry Postle, Hayley Jamieson, Paul Bone and Sam Raven of Interface, were also singled out for thanks. Tradelink, Haymans Electrical and Simply Cool Air Conditioning, Cottee Parker Architects Brisbane, cabinet maker Rob Warner all got a cheer, along with and Alan Warner his amazing work, right down to his creation of the garden beds at the front of the centre with plants donated by the Kinloch families and Lynne Mills.
Just before life members Win Wynn and Betty Sutton cut the ribbon to the new Heritage Centre, the group’s Building Committee of Julie, Margaret, Georgina, Helga, Ros, Betty and Bev were heralded as their six year journey ended.
Inside, the new Cooroy History Heritage Centre is a triumph and it embodies the dreams and hard work of so many locals. Perhaps it’s the first line from Betty Sutton’s book Echoes of the Past that says it best: “By preserving memories of long term residents, the community is brought to life”.
For more information about the Heritage Centre go to www.genealogy-noosa.org.au. You can become a member of the Cooroy Noosa Genealogical and Historical Research Group by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 5442 5570. Be sure to arrange a visit through this amazing new community facility