Babinda celebrates history

Official Cutting of the Ribbon - to open the Babinda Museum Walk. Mayor Bob Manning, Margaret Buhagiar, Mrs Barbara Turnbull.

On Saturday 29th of May, the Babinda Community celebrated its communities’ history. The local Babinda State Hotel had its 104th Birthday, Babinda Museum held its first Friends of Babinda Museum Members Morning Tea, and The Babinda Museum Walk was officially opened. Babinda Taskforce started the long journey to establish a museum and historical walk four years ago. A museum in which the Babinda and District community’s history is celebrated not just in a museum but also throughout the streets and the local businesses, to ensure that our history is accessible to everyone. The Babinda Museum Steering committee has been busily working away in the background to complete stage one of the Babinda Museum Walk in which over 30 plaques will be featured on buildings within the Babinda CBD. Stage two and three will see the walk turn into a trail and extend to the surrounding area of Babinda. The historical walk is based on early settler history up until the 1950s.

Stage one of the Babinda Museum Walk was officially opened by the Mayor Bob Manning of Cairns Regional Council, Mrs Margaret Buhagiar, wife of long-term taxi owner Tony Buhagiar and Mrs Barbara Turnbull, daughter of long-term taxi owner Mario Cutuli. Special Thanks to Councillor Brett Moller for his support of the project, Cairns Regional Council for their sponsorship and RV Park Visitor Donations which funded plaques.

Earlier Saturday morning the Babinda Museum Steering Committee hosted its sold out inaugural Honorary Friends of Babinda Museum Membership Morning tea in which three locals were presented with honorary membership awards. The three long term locals honoured were Annie Wonga, Ronald Stager, and Elsa Sganzarla. Each recipient was presented their award by Mayor Bob Manning.

The Babinda Taskforce and Babinda Museum Steering Committee are continuing to fundraise and seek grants from various bodies to complete the fit-out of the Babinda Museum. 

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