Cottage Upgrade

When GMR first took possession of its section of the Glenreagh-Dorrigo branch railway, the fettlers cottage near the Glenreagh Recreation Ground was tenanted. In 2010, the tenant vacated the premises and GMR then took up residence in it as its administrative centre and temporary accommodation for visiting volunteers.


In early 2015, it was decided to upgrade the exterior of the cottage and in the following months some of the gutters and down pipes were repaired, both front and side verandah steps and rails replaced and other minor works completed. In early 2016, the GMR Board of Management decided to move its administration centre nearer to where work was being carried out by relocating an unused portable building to a position alongside the Wynne Cranston Shed and installing all its records and office within the building. At the same time, it was realised that no volunteers had been using the cottage for accommodation for many years and that it could be renovated and rented out to provide a valuable source of income.

In early March Chris Hanson arranged for PRD Realty to inspect the cottage to advise what needed to be done to bring it up to a rentable standard. As a result of that inspection, Chris and Judith Hanson donated 250 hours of their time to renovate the interior. Over the Easter weekend they removed the filing cabinets, plan drawers and paperwork to Moorland station, washed the kitchen and dining room ceilings and washed and painted the walls and ceilings in the middle and end lounge areas. Floor coverings were removed and replaced throughout with vinyl or carpet, the old fuel stove removed and holes in the roof and guttering repaired, one of the toilets replaced and the garage cleaned out.  Electrical and plumbing issues were fixed and the interior completely transformed, making it an attractive proposition for renting. Soon after our first tenants moved in and we have since recovered the cost of the renovations and are now adding to our revenues each month.