Judith Marek and Val Klein, from Proston QCWA, were sporting their Easter bonnets

April 4, 2018

Proston looks set to have a new annual community celebration following the success of the Easter Parade and Proston Regatta on Saturday.

The parade was organised by the Proston QCWA and featured 15 floats, representing a wide range of local community groups.

Residents lined Blake Street to watch the parade, which moved steadily down towards Railway Park where there were stalls and community games awaiting.

QCWA President Val Klein said the event had been “really, absolutely wonderful”.

“It brought the whole area together,” she said.

“And I believe all the stallholders did really well, too.”

Immediately following the QCWA event, the park became the site of the inaugural Proston Regatta, a fund-raising event for charity organised by the Coverty Creek Community Development and Social Club Inc.

Club treasurer Julie Chippindale said the Coverty group organised the event after the Proston Round Table (the local business and progress association) discussed various ideas for ways to attract people to Proston.

She said the Easter event had been a “learning curve” but the group was keen to to do it again next year.

The “regatta” consisted of cardboard and polypipe “boats”, made at a small charge by the Coverty group for local not-for-profit groups, negotiating a 300m course near the Proston BMX track.

Members of the public could also hire a boat to have a go for $2.50.

After completing the course at “Treasure Island”, the boat crews pulled an egg out of a Treasure Chest lucky dip to determine their prize.

Julie said there were about 80 prizes, ranging from simple novelty items to vouchers and real prizes donated by sponsors.

The second-last Regatta event of the day was for not-for-profit and community groups.

Proston Over 50s (with a bit of help from Proston SES) took home the $50 prize.

The final event was the sponsors’ trophy, which was won by a very happy (and tired) team of Val Klein and treasurer Eileen Vos, from Proston QCWA.

Proston SES members in Railway Park … Karen Pickering, Peter Simpson, Acting Group Leader David Hayward, and Ian Munday
The Easter Parade even attracted a flyover nearby by this gyrocopter
Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff officially opened the Easter activities in Railway Park
USQ nursing student Ellie  Schuler with Community Health nurses June Rutter and Kathy Crane … Proston Community Health won the prize for Best Float (large) in the parade; the prize for Best Float (small) went to two alpacas …
Community Nurse Kathy Crane with Joey Scouts leader Robyn “Puggle” Blackwell and Cub Scouts leader Sharon “Jirrah” Zoldak … Proston Scouts won the prize for Best Float (children’s)
Brewster Burfoot, 10, from Proston Scouts, won the prize for Best Decorated Bike
Brewster in the parade with his Easter-themed bike .. part of the Proston Scouts group
Val Elliott and Noela Ardrey were selling raffle tickets and chips to raise funds for Relay For Life
Proston QCWA president Val Klein, left, and treasurer Eileen Vos, right, with the Regatta Sponsors Trophies; Kathy Crane, centre, won the prize for Best Nautical Costume
(Photo: Proston Regatta In The Park)
Residents strolled through the stalls in Railway Park after the parade

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QCWA Easter Parade

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