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Volunteers build Farina's status as historic inland Aust. township

July 17, 2016
Volunteers build Farina's status as historic inland Aust. township

Tom Harding reports that the standard of workmanship and quality of outcomes in every aspect of activity at the historic Farina restoration in South Australia reflects great credit on all participants. It is certainly attaining status as an historic inland Australian township.

Tom Harding harnesses the volunteer spirit of caravanners to help restore the historic township of Farina,

This year, 163 people representing 104 families nominated for volunteering activity at Farina, a 25 percent increase on 2015 numbers. Kevin Dawes excited all with the new accommodation arrangements at Farina with an extension of the established campground, 1000m east towards the Marree Road on the Farina Creek. It is a natural, pleasant setting.

Tom says eight diverse and separate work teams, each with a well-prepared agenda, set about their respective tasks in an amazing separate, but integrated, manner. There was a great display of leadership, skill, sense of purpose and good humour across the whole program. Assistants in their roles were equally as important as the skilled leaders, across all eight teams, he said.

"Often referred to on maps as a 'ghost town', we have displaced the ghosts with the names of the original residents on our storyboards at every opportunity.

"We are intent on displaying the Historic farina as we reclaim more elements of the old township and its precincts", Tom Harding said.

The Farina Restoration Group Inc works each year in stabilizing the historic buildings and explaining the history of Farina. Volunteers from the Farina Restoration Group camp at and work in the town each year in May and June. Farina is located along the Oodnadatta Track within the Lake Eyre Basin, on the old alignment of the Ghan railway, 600 km north of Adelaide. It is 26 km north of Lyndhurst and 55 km south of Marree.

The restoration project group was formed in 2008 by Victorian caravanning industry stalwart Tom Harding with support from Farina Station owners Kevin and Anne Dawes and the South Australian Outback Development Trust in Port Augusta. The group is financed by fundraisers and various grants.

From the ABC 7.30 Report.

Image credit: Farina Restoration Group


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