January 1, 2018
The storms that have been striking the South Burnett over the past week almost claimed another victim on Sunday … the Heritage Nanango New Year’s Eve Mardi Gras.
Organisers decided to press ahead with the Mardi Gras in Pioneer Park despite heavy rain earlier in the evening which had left the ground soft, continued showers, lightning and the threat of further storms.
Rides’n Slides initially didn’t have their amusement rides operating but as the evening progressed, the Dodgems and Climbing Wall went into operation.
Rosie’s Fun For All also had their inflatables in action.
southburnett.com.au counted about 100 to 200 people at the event when at 6:00pm, members of the organising committee decided that as soon as it was dark – and provided the rain had stopped – the fireworks would be lit for the people who had supported the event despite the weather.
About 7:45pm, the first firework exploded while Pobblebonk were playing “Love Is In The Air” – the same tune that a few hours later would be playing in Sydney when their massive fireworks display began.
Sadly, this love didn’t last long in Nanango … (see Editorial below).
by Anne Miller
Some great tragedies have occurred in the South Burnett over this supposedly festive season …
A young girl lost her life in a terrible accident; a middle-aged woman was killed by an alleged hit-and-run driver; there was a suicide on Christmas Day; several families lost their homes in the Boxing Day storms while others are still struggling to keep the rain out with tarps; farmers have lost whole paddocks of crops; livestock have been killed; and a man had his home burn down.
Then there are these folks (see Facebook clips) below. They have been devastated and their New Year ruined – apparently – because a storm forced the organising committee to bring forward by a couple of hours the New Year’s Eve fireworks at Nanango (instead of cancelling the event altogether).
Who would want to try to organise any sort of event?
Volunteers spend their time (and money) to bring good things and entertainment to the people.
There are lots and lots of planning meetings, permissions and paperwork to wrestle in the months leading up to an event. And then there is the expense …
Sometimes things don’t work out the way they should, for all sorts of reasons outside the control of the organisers.
On Sunday night, it was the weather.
But that’s not enough for these whingers.
I have blanked out the names, but I was honestly tempted not to as I would love to know if any of these people have ever volunteered on any committee anywhere in the South Burnett …