News

Town on struggle street

Many of the shops in Yarraman have been empty for years. Photo Barclay White / South Burnett Times
Many of the shops in Yarraman have been empty for years. Photo Barclay White / South Burnett Times Barclay White

EMPTY shopfronts are an all-too-familiar sight on the main streets of Yarraman, and residents are worried about what it is doing to the town.

Michael Andreassen has run the Yarraman Hotel on the New England Hwy for four years and says his pub has always been surrounded by empty shopfronts.

"It's always been like that," he said.

"It's killing the town."

With much of his business depending on people passing through, he is concerned that the look stops many visitors from spending time in Yarraman when driving through.

At the pharmacy in town, Tyrone Fowler said the empty shopfronts were not a good look.

"It looks a bit like a ghost town," he said.

"I guess the town built up with the building of the power station and the mine, but it wasn't sustainable."

A long-time local, Melanie Routledge has lived in Yarraman for 30 years and says she has seen many shops come and quickly go from the town.

"Everyone who opens up doesn't stick it out," she said.

Yarraman Progress Association president Joe Stimpson said the town used to have a small but vibrant central business district.

"I can't see how we can bring this town back to what it used to be," Mr Stimpson said.

Changing demographics, the closure of the railway line and the closure of a forestry in the town had driven many businesses out of the town, he said.

Mr Stimpson said the only way to encourage more businesses to open up in the town was by residents making the effort to shop locally.

South Burnett

Topics:  south burnett, toowoomba regional council, yarraman


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Sunny skies and lower temperatures for the weekend

Clear skies for the region this weekend.

Sunny skies and lower temperatures for the weekend

What's on at the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival 2016

The Great Australian Pumpkin Roll brought in a big crowd. Photo Brandon Livesay / Central & North Burnett Times

Detailed program of the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival 2016

Some South Burnett Telstra customers still without internet

The company first reported internet issues for customers on May 20

Latest deals and offers

WATCH: Michael Caton opens Nanango Film Festival

Coverage from the opening night of the annual film festival

Sunny skies and lower temperatures for the weekend

Clear skies for the region this weekend.

Sunny skies and lower temperatures for the weekend

What's on at the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival 2016

The Great Australian Pumpkin Roll brought in a big crowd. Photo Brandon Livesay / Central & North Burnett Times

Detailed program of the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival 2016

Some South Burnett Telstra customers still without internet

The company first reported internet issues for customers on May 20

Two Murgon-Gayndah Rd crashes within hours

Ambulance Photo: Cade Mooney / Sunshine Coast Daily

A 54-year-old man hit a cow on his motorbike

Growers happy as avocado consumption skyrockets

AVO: Avocado grower Tony Dugdell is happy with how the season has turned out.

Growers happy as avocado consumption skyrockets

Things to do in the South Burnett in May

SUNBURNT COUNTRY: Michael Caton plays Rex in the new Australian film Last Cab to Darwin.

Looking for something to do from Friday to Sunday?

Michael Caton opens Nanango Film Fesitval

Actor Michael Caton has arrived to help celebrate the 10th year of the Nanango Film Festival.

Iconic actor Michael Caton speaks at the opening night of the Heritage Bank Nanango...

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Billy Slater talks Origin Team

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater.

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater talks about this years team and his return to...

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked