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    Acting Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Tim Nicholls

    Farm-stay development for the Mary Valley

    Acting Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Tim Nicholls

    Friday, August 30, 2013

    Farm-stay development for the Mary Valley

    The Mary Valley’s economic revival continues to take shape with the signing of a lease to establish a farm stay facility for people with a disability and their carers.

    Acting Deputy Premier and the Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Tim Nicholls said the Augustus Trust had signed a lease to establish the purpose-designed facility - Honeybee Farm.

    “Honeybee Farm will be a great boost for the region’s economy and is sure to become a welcomed place of respite for people with a disability and their carers,” Mr Nicholls said.

    “When completed, the facility will boast nine cabins with a capacity for 24 people along with a central communal area with kitchen, dining and laundry facilities.

    “Its location will allow those staying there to take part in a range of outdoor activities in an environment different from their everyday living.”

    Chair of the Mary Valley Economic Development Advisory Group and Member for Gympie David Gibson said the development reaffirmed the Newman Government’s ongoing commitment to return the Mary Valley to a thriving and vibrant community, after it was ripped apart by the former Labor Government’s failed Traveston Dam proposal.

    “This development alone will see a capital spend of more than $1.5 million and will directly employ five people once it is up and running,” Mr Gibson said.

    “With other development leases signed, or in the process of being signed, and with 50 properties now sold, this is giving the region a great opportunity to re-establish itself.”

    Trustee of The Augustus Trust Allan Rainbow said the region was a great location for their new farm stay venture.

    “Honeybee Farm will not only provide respite for people with a disability and their carers, but will also provide transitional support for those with a disability seeking to move into a more independent living lifestyle,” Mr Rainbow said.

    To be part of the registration of interest for economic development projects visit www.maryvalleyproperty.com  or call 13 QGOV (13 7468)

    [ENDS] 30 August 2013      

    Media Contact: John Wiseman – 0409 791 281  

    [Note to Editors – The Event auction of 12 Mary Valley properties will take place in Gympie tomorrow, Saturday August 31. WHERE – Function Room, Gympie RSL, 217 Mary Street. WHEN – 10:30am]