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Regatta Wraps Up For Another Year

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Despite the best efforts of Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff (who was probably wearing her LNP hat at the time), the Labor Party boat captained by candidate for Flynn Zac Beers won this heat of the Proston Regatta (see below to learn more about the political shenanigans …)

May 17, 2019

Proston residents gathered together last Saturday to review this year’s Regatta In The Park and hand out awards.

The Regatta, which followed the Proston QCWA’s Easter Parade down Blake Street, attracted a large number of brightly decorated “boats” on Easter Saturday.

Coverty Creek Community Development and Social Club presented a cheque for $1000 to the Proston Men’s Shed from the proceeds of this year’s event.

Proston and District Heritage Association was given the Not-For-Profit $50 donation.

Linda Rea was the winner of a hand-crafted silver “Regatta” necklace, made and donated by South Burnett Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff.

And Cr Duff didn’t escape notice, either.

She and Cr Ros Heit were presented with a Pirates award for being the “scourge of the high seas” for their antics during the Regatta.

Barbara Hockey, from the Mondure Rural Fire Brigade, accepted the “Above and Beyond” award.

Organisers promised there’ll be a new event at next year’s Regatta: fines and punishments for unsanctioned privateering.

The perpetrator will pay a fine and then walk the plank.

After a little push in the back with a sword, they will plunge into an ocean of blue sponges … all for a good cause, of course!

The Proston Regatta is an initiative of the Proston Round Table and is hosted by the Coverty Creek Community Development and Social Club.

The event is modelled on the Henley On Todd Regatta, which has been held in the (usually) dry Todd River bed near Alice Springs every year since 1962.

The organisers also thanked this year’s Regatta sponsors: South Burnett Regional Council, Ruger Construction Group, Proston Men’s Shed, Smithfield Cattle Company, Zac Beers (Labor candidate), Proston SPAR Express, NB Inspirations, Kingsley Grove Estate, Proston Health and Beauty, Proston Rural Supplies, Proston Lions Club and Hivesville Timber and Fencing.

Proston Local Ambulance Committee v Proston Angels … all survived a pile-up at the end of the heat

The boys from the Proston Men’s Shed in action … there were 101 prizes on offer in the Regatta which meant everyone should have won a prize or two

Proston Playgroup v Proston Health & Beauty / Proston Rural Supplies

Proston SES v NB Inspirations / Jacaranda Tearooms

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Political Dirty Tricks?

It wasn’t smooth sailing for Zac Beers in the Proston Regatta with Cr Kathy Duff trying to muddy the waters …

Labor’s candidate for Flynn, Zac Beers, visited Proston to fly the flag for his election campaign during the Regatta.

That, of course, brought out the fighting spirit in South Burnett Deputy Mayor (and Proston-Boondooma LNP branch president) Kathy Duff who was determined the Labor team wouldn’t claim victory here or at the Federal poll.

After watching Zac cruise home in an earlier heat, Cr Duff decided a bit of handicapping might not go astray.

southburnett.com.au caught Cr Duff in the act, weighting down the back and front of the ALP boat.

Even so, the Labor duo romped away at the start … and despite Cr Duff’s best efforts (including a scuffle mid-race) easily took the chequered flag.

But proving the Aussie spirit of democracy is alive and healthy in Proston, there were handshakes and smiles all round afterwards.

For their (ultimately doomed) efforts, Cr Duff and her co-conspirator Cr Ros Heit received a meritorious award on Saturday for “buccaneering, blockading, sabotage, attempting to scuttle opposing ships and being all-round dastardly”.

Caught in the act … Zac won’t notice that hammered-in spike or crate of water …

… or the chair pinning down the front of the boat? That’s not the type of seat he wants!

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Parade

Proston’s Easter celebrations began with a parade down Blake Street which featured decorated bikes, local emergency services, plenty of Easter bonnets and even a lonely, wandering cloud.

Parade prizes were distributed later during the activities in Railway Park.

Judith Marek, dressed as a rain cloud (“April showers bring May flowers”) and her colleagues from the Proston QCWA led the Easter Parade … Judith won the prize for the Best Costume (Adult) in the parade; Best Costume (Child) was won by Naomi Conroy

Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff and 2019 Proston Miss Showgirl Hayley Flint marched with their Regatta boats in the parade

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In The Park

Once in the park, the Parade participants could browse stalls as well as buy tickets to take part in the hotly contested Proston Regatta.

There was also a scavenger hunt which had children running around searching for ice cream sticks and different coloured bottle tops. The first 10 who gathered a complete set earned a prize.

Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff made sure Proston QCWA’s Coral Graham and Judith Marek got up close for the official opening … Coral took a tumble soon afterwards and was treated by paramedics but she was back home the next day

Proston QCWA members decked out in their Easter finest … from left, Fay Banks, president Coral Graham, Jackie Dionysius and Wilma Papworth; Coral won the prize for the Best Adult Easter Hat

Regatta organiser Garin Muirhead and Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff … Cr Duff handed out the parade prizes in Railway Park

Carmel Parnell, from the Coverty Creek Community Development and Social Club Inc, was selling tickets to enter the Regatta

Ty Woodfield, 7, from Brisbane, won the prize for the Best Decorated Bike (Boy)

Tayla, 9; Emma, 3; and Laura Davenport, 11; from Bundaberg … Tayla won the prize for Best Decorated Bike (Girl)

Sonia Davies collected the prize on behalf of the Proston Rally Club, for the Best Large Float in the parade

Barbara Hockey collected the prize on behalf of the Mondure Rural Fire Brigade for the Best Community Float

Acca and Dacca, a pair of alpacas from Viv’s Animal Farm at Proston, also marched in the parade

Jason Maneylaws collected the prize for the Best Small Float on behalf of the Proston Playgroup

Patrick, 6, and Willam Banks, 7, from Proston, won the prize for the Best Easter Hats (no, not these …)

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