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Lee Park Celebrates 50 Years

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My daughter Elke and I had a great afternoon at the Nanango Races on Easter Saturday, which saw bumper attendances at the Lee Park race track

April 17, 2018

There was an excellent turn out for the Nanango Races over the Easter long weekend, which also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the resumption of racing at Lee Park.

Although racing in Nanango can be traced back to 1856, horses only began racing in the area occupied by the present-day Lee Park Raceway in 1880.

They continued to run there until 1936, when they were put into what was meant to be a temporary halt because of the looming threat of World War II.

That halt turned out to be a 32 year wait until a committee was formed to restart the Lee Park races in 1967, with the first revived race meeting occurring in Easter 1968.

Many of the original committee and officials who were present on that Easter Saturday 50 years ago came back this Easter to recognise the Nanango Race Club’s achievement.

There was also a lot of memorabilia on display inside the old Nanango Railway Station, which was the race club’s home back in 1968.

Well done to the Nanango Race Club, NRC President Andrew Green and local historians for putting in a lot of time and effort to bring it all together.

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It was great to celebrate the Baton Relay with Benarkin State School’s students, who travelled to Kilcoy to support fellow student Sage Volschenk

Benarkin SS Attends Queen’s Baton Relay

Benarkin State School really got into the spirit of the Commonwealth Games’ Queen’s Baton Relay when it passed through our region in late March.

When the school found out that Year 5 student Sage Volschenk was going to carry the Queens Baton through Kilcoy, all 32 Benarkin SS students travelled to Kilcoy to cheer her on.

I was lucky enough to catch up with them on the day and couldn’t be prouder!

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I caught up with announcer Alan Henderson and Gympie Mayor Mick Curran at this year’s Great Horse Ride in Kilkivan

What A Great Horse Ride!

200 horses took part in this year’s Kilkivan Great Horse Ride and it was a wonderful spectacle to see them parade up the town’s main street.

This year the Great Horse Ride expanded from two and a half days to a full five days.

Well done to Rosie Fitzgerald and her team for all their hard work – especially with the problems the committee faced with a telecommunications issue this year.

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I held my mobile office at QEII Park in the heart of Murgon because it’s a great way to meet Murgon district residents like Cec Wilkinson, from Cloyna

Murgon Mobile Office

Thank you again to everyone who made the time to attend my Mobile Office in Murgon a few weeks ago.

My first mobile office in February was booked out, so I really wanted to head back and provide the community with the opportunity to talk to me about local matters.

It was great to catch up with so many locals and discuss key issues for the township.

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Time for a selfie with the new leadership team at Kumbia State School!

Kumbia SS Leaders Ceremony

Our school leaders are now well and truly settled into their roles for 2018.

At the end of Term 1, I caught up with the Kumbia State School Leaders to present them with their badges and talk about leadership.

Thank you to School Captains Sidney and Rhianann for welcoming me with a smile at the school gate.

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The Cherbourg Men’s Shed team are keen to improve their premises for their growing number of members

First Indigenous Mens Shed in Queensland

Recently my husband Jason and I visited the Cherbourg Men’s Shed, the first Indigenous men’s shed in Queensland.

It was great to meet coordinators, Wayne Farrell and Norm Hegarty, along with some of the members.

The Cherbourg Men’s Shed is just getting started, but already have 45 members and are keen to improve their shed and equipment.

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My Stop Patching the D’Ag petition is calling on the State Government to get serious and completely resurface the highway between Woodford and Kilcoy

Petitions On The Go

I currently have two petitions on the go and I hope you take the time to consider supporting them.

Stop Patching the D’Ag – Start Resurfacing Now!

The D’Aguilar Highway between Woodford and Kilcoy continues to deteriorate with every downpour. Sign our petition if you want to see this part of the D’Aguilar Highway resurfaced.

Fight for Farmers

The Labor Government has a majority in the Parliament and they intend to change the balanced vegetation management laws that have served this state for years.

The LNP will fight this attack on farmers but we need your help – please sign the petition.

[Photos: Nanango Electorate Office]


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