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LGA(s)  Shire of Banana
Lawgi

Lawgi is an abandoned neighbourhood within the locality of Lawgi Dawes in the Shire of Banana in Central Queensland, Australia. It is located on the Burnett Highway.

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Map of Lawgi Dawes QLD 4716, Australia

History

During the planning to build the Rannes-Monto railway line, one of the proposed railway stations along the route was assigned the name Lawgi by the Railways Department in 1926. The name is believed to mean home in one of the Aboriginal languages. Construction of the railway line commenced from Rannes. On Saturday 24 September 1932, the segment from Thangool to Lawgi was officially opened by the Minister for Railways, John Dash (the Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Mundingburra). This resulted in the establishment of the township of Lawgi.

The Lawgi State School opened in September 1935. It was renamed Mardale State School in 1952. The school closed on 13 March 1964.

The last section of the railway line from Lawgi to Monto was never completed, and Lawgi became the terminus.

However, the railway line was not profitable and the section from Thangool to Lawgi was closed in 1955. As a result, the township gradually disappeared leaving only the community hall.

Economy

The area is a productive agricultural area with cattle and grain farming predominating.

Amenities

Lawgi Community Hall at the intersection of the Burnett Highway and the Lawgi Connection Road (24.56785°S 150.661265°E / -24.56785; 150.661265 (Lawgi Community Hall)) is used for regular community dances, occasional church services, indoor bowls, polling booth and other community functions. The exterior of the hall features a painting of bottle brushes trees against a multi-coloured sky.

Tourism

A memorial in the form of a gravestone marks the point where the proposed Rannes-Monto railway line was terminated at Lawgi.

There is a rest area behind the hall for travellers.

References

Lawgi Wikipedia


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