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Rod and Jenny Morgan, from Nanango … Rod was part of the original Nanango Sporting Association and was a special guest at the 40th anniversary celebration

April 5, 2019

Organisers of the fourth annual Power Up Show & Shine breathed a huge sigh of relief when Sunday dawned bright and sunny.

The volunteers with the Nanango Sporting Association had spent most of the day before erecting tents in pouring rain, gambling on a weather forecast which predicted dry weather the following day.

But as things turned out, the Bureau of Meteorology was correct and the Show & Shine – the major annual fundraiser for the group – went off without a hitch.

This year’s Power Up was extra special because it also marked the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the Nanango Sports Association.

A feature of the day was a short talk about the history of the grounds by Rod Morgan, one of the founding committee members.

Rod said that when he moved from the Sunshine Coast to Nanango in the late 1970s, the Nanango Cricket Club was playing at the Showgrounds and a Nanango soccer club had only recently been formed.

When the Nanango Show Society asked the cricket club to find another ground to play on, the cricket and soccer clubs joined forces to form the Nanango Sporting Association with the aim of finding a permanent home.

Each group chipped in $400 – about $2000 in today’s terms – to provide the association’s initial capital. They promptly spent $540 to lease land in Burnett Street from Nanango Shire Council.

At the time the block was known as the Old Mill wicket, and it was widely regarded as the worst cricket pitch in the South Burnett.

So the group’s first order of business was to look at ways to improve it.

Over the next few years, the association held several fundraisers which raised a few thousand dollars, allowing it to connect water to the grounds and carry out some minor upgrades.

But they were progressing at a snail’s pace and even considered approaching a bank for a $5000 loan until then-Nanango Shire Mayor Reg McCallum intervened.

Reg persuaded Pacific Coal (at Meandu Mine) and QEGB to jointly contribute $109,000 to the upgrade. The result was the sports fields that still function today as the home grounds for Nanango’s cricket, soccer and kennel clubs.

Rod and the only two other remaining foundation committee members – Des Nothdurft and Warren Hockey – cut a commemorative cake to mark the 40th anniversary.

Cr Roz Frohloff, a long-time supporter of Sports Association, said she was delighted with the day’s turnout.

A record number of cars – more than 60 – plus 17 motorcycles were entered in the Power Up competitions.

There were also stalls, live music and a laser skirmish course for the kids.

Cr Frohloff thanked the major sponsors: Tarong Power Station, Meandu Mine, Stanwell, Shannons Insurance and Ken Mills Machinery.

Prize sponsors were: Nanango Spare Parts, Star TyrePower, KF Solicitors, South Burnett Kart Hire, Nanango Veterinary Surgery, Nanango Peanut Wagon, Repco, Airds Hardware, Alexanders Garage, Super Cheap Auto, Sheila’s Colour World, Orchy’s Fresh, Nanango Gas Supplies, Tilly’s Auto Cafe, South Burnett Regional Council, Deb Frecklington MP, Flemings Garage and Nanango Motors.

Cr Frohloff also thanked entertainers Natalie Fenton, Amber Goldsmith and Laudy (Laura Limb) as well as Misty Warne, from Misty’s Pics.

Three of the original seven committee members who helped create the Nanango Sports Grounds – Rod Morgan, Warren Hockey and Des Nothdurft – cut a 40th Anniversary cake at this year’s Power Up Show’n’Shine to mark the day in 1979 when they helped create the playing fields that are still in use today

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Car and Ute winners:

  • Best Car Of The Day: Mark Sheedy’s blue 1973 Ford Mustang
  • Best Ute Of The Day: Len McDermott’s green 1951 Ford
  • Best Paintwork: Peter Thompson’s 1966 Cortina
  • Best Interior: Linda Spencer’s grey 1964 Falcon
  • Best Engine: Steve Wyvill’s blue 1969 Monaro

Motorcycle winners:

  • Best Classic: Joe Thorp’s green 1972 Yamaha
  • Best Modern: Brendon Marshall’s copper/silver 1990 Suzuki
  • Best Tank Art: Trevor “Smidty” Schmidt’s black 1998 Harley-Davidson
  • Best Trike: John Harrison’s red 1988 Honda Goldwing

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Nick Hassapas has been driving and living in the Shannons’ truck for the past 10 years … it’s a job that keeps him constantly on the road, visiting an average 78 events around Australia each year;  his next South Burnett appearance will be at the Wondai Sprints on April 13-14

Roy Welling, from Nanango, with his 1950 Humber Super Snipe

Cr Roz Frohloff and Lola McNamara helped out on the knick-knacks and curios stall … Cr Frohloff spent the previous day helping volunteers erect tents in the pouring rain

Blade Frost, 14, from Blackbutt, was exploring the cars and bikes on display

Len McDermott with his prize-winning 1951 Ford ute

Brendon Marshall’s eye-catching 1990 Suzuki took out the popular vote for Best Modern Motorcycle at this year’s Show & Shine

Terry and Kerry Evans, from Blackbutt, brought along their 1964 AC Cobra replica for the day … the car is currently on the market for $65,000 so Terry can given his other six cars more attention

Nanango’s Glenn McInnes had his 1985 Yamaha RZV 500R two-stroke, which is one of only 1600 made by the Yamaha Motor Factory


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