Governor of Queensland opens the new Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Rainforest Discovery Centre
The new, world-class Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Rainforest Discovery Centre at Maleny is now open for visitors to enjoy after being officially opened by the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, today (Monday 27 February 2017).
His Excellency follows in the footsteps of former Governor of Queensland, Sir Henry Abel Smith, who officially opened the reserve in 1960.
Offering the most spectacular views of the heritage listed Glass House Mountains, the $4.7 million Discovery Centre features an elevated viewing platform and boardwalk and the Rainforest Education Centre with a combination of traditional interactive displays, multi-sensory experiences and exhibits.
There is also a theatrette, a conservation research area and offices and amenities for the hard-working volunteers and staff who run the information desk.
Mayor Mark Jamieson hailed the new centre as one of the most impressive buildings in the region.
“This is a wonderful day for the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and indeed, the Sunshine Coast,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“This reserve is a Queensland icon with highly significant conservation values and has been a popular destination for residents and visitors for more than 50 years.