BIG PLANS: Friends of the Village secretary David Bock is pleased the group’s plans to build two new sheds at the Rockhampton Heritage Village moved one step closer to reality this week.
BIG PLANS: Friends of the Village secretary David Bock is pleased the group’s plans to build two new sheds at the Rockhampton Heritage Village moved one step closer to reality this week. Allan Reinikka Rokaheritag

Historic home extension at Rockhampton Heritage Village

A LOYAL band of Friends want to extend their historic "home" in Rockhampton.

The Friends of the Village are hoping to erect two new sheds at the Rockhampton Heritage Village in Parkhurst.

The volunteer organisation will spend $70,000 on the structures, which will be used to display steam engines and antique cars.

The plan came a step closer to reality this week when the regional council's communities committee endorsed the proposal. It still needs to be approved by full council before work can start.

Friends' secretary David Bock said the idea had been in the works for some time.

"We want to put new buildings up because there is so much stuff to display and we haven't got the space to do it.

"We are forever doing work on machinery and vehicles and the like but we can only go so far because once they are restored, they really need to be under cover, so that's what these two new sheds are for."

The Friends raised the money through the markets held every two months at the village. Last Sunday's event had 200 stalls and attracted about 5000 people.

The village is one of the region's most popular tourist attractions.

It showcases the rich history of the Rockhampton district, and includes recreated buildings and businesses, together with farm animals and vintage machinery.

Mr Bock said it was curiosity that drew him to the museum about five years ago.

"I just fell into it really," he said. "I am one of those people who like to know things and to know things you have to get involved.

"People with skills can go out there and use them and teach others.

"It's a real community. Everyone is there because they want to be there."

If council approves the extensions, ground works are expected to start in February, with the sheds expected to be completed by December.



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