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Never smile at a crocodile  … unless his jaws are taped shut, that is! Billiahna Garwood, 10, from Nanango, was getting a close look at a six-year-old freshwater croc at the Reptile Relocation & Awareness stall

April 12, 2018

South Burnett CTC’s annual Family Fun Day attracted more than 600 people to the Kingaroy Youth Park on Wednesday, almost double last year’s big day.

Vehicles lined Somerset Street on both sides, while children (and adults) explored the stalls on offer, enjoyed free hamburgers, chips, fairy floss and lemonade; and skated, climbed, tug-o-warred and generally had a good time.

“People were coming and going all day. We were handing out wristbands so I can say that at least 600 people have been here, and probably more,” Lee-Anne Reinbott, from CTC’s Family and Child Connect service, said.

The day was organised by CTC but more than 20 other agencies and services were also involved, including Centacare Community Connections, the Department of Child Safety and the Kingaroy Library.

And although CTC workers played a big role on the day, the activities were not just aimed at CTC clients.

“It is a free event for the whole community,” Lee-Anne said.

A popular attraction was the Reptile Relocation & Awareness group from the Gold Coast, where children learned about frogs, crocodiles and other reptiles.

Members of social motorcycle club Saints & Sinners were also on hand to demonstrate that bikers are not bullies … and to spread their anti-bullying message on to youngsters.

There was also cup-cake decorating, karaoke, video games, laser skirmish, face-painting … the holiday fun just went on and on.

Tahlia Tones-Henderson, from Kumbia, with Toni, Bryansen, Helena and Bibi Phillips-Peterson, from Kingaroy, at the cupcake decorating stall

Erin Jeffs, from Centacare Community Connections, and her trusty lemon squeezer … she made 50 litres of lemonade by hand on the day, all distributed in little cups to the crowd

William Burrows, 14, from Wondai, was having fun with the laser skirmish

Saints & Sinners motorcycle club members “Bazza”, “Big John”, club president “Smidty” and “Geofro” were helping to spread a “no bullying” message

They may be Saints & Sinners but the bikers were keen to help out at the CTC Family Fun Day

Jenny Evans and Joan Franks, from Child Safety, were photobombed by Vanessa Freeman, at back, while they were handing out fairy floss

Angie Dingle and Brett Reeve, from CTC’s “Partners In Foster Care”, were handing out wristbands at the gate

The crew from Taabinga Rotary were kept busy cooking up free hamburgers …

… and what would hamburgers be without some chips, courtesy of Kingaroy Lions?

Nick Krauksts, Prue Bauer and Harry Sterling, from CTC Youth Services, were looking after the coffee stall

The climbing wall was very popular …

… as was the jumping castle, which attracted many of the younger visitors


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