Pauline Forster and Muriel Skillen, from Kingaroy, were enjoying the Christmas fun

November 30, 2021

Don’t panic, but do you realise it’s less than four weeks to Christmas Day?

We know the South Burnett’s starting to get festive when Christmas carnivals begin to pop up … it was Goomeri’s turn last Saturday, and Kumbia’s on this Sunday!

The other annual event that marks Christmas in the South Burnett is the Mayor’s Community Christmas Luncheon.

Diners paid $25 each to gather in Kingaroy Town Hall on Tuesday to enjoy the charity lunch, served up by volunteers from local QCWA branches.

Raffles added to the profits, which will be donated to South Burnett families in need this Christmas.

Local singing sensation Julee-anne Bell provided the Christmas music on stage, while CROW-FM’s Matt Collins compered.

Guest speaker was Australian Olympian Matthew Denny who came in fourth spot in the discus throw at this year’s Tokyo Olympics.

Matthew threw a personal best in the final round but just missed out on a podium spot.

Cr Danita Potter quizzed Matthew about his career.

He spoke about the disappointment of losing and bouncing back, resilience and the development of pathways for young rural athletes.

Mayor Brett Otto with the guest speaker, Australian Olympian Matthew Denny
Local singer Julee-anne Bell – who hit the national headlines this year with her performance on The Voice – sang a collection of Christmas favourites on stage
Cr Kathy Duff with compere for the day, Matt Collins
Freya Gilbert, Brisbane, and Marilyn Maudsley, Goomeri
Linda O’May (SBRC), Mal Borgeaud (Plenty Foods) and Cr Danita Potter … Mal organised the guest speaker for the lunch
Nutrien Ag Solutions (Kingaroy) were well represented … at back, Laurie Bain and Jess Simpkins; front, Dwayne Bartlett-Kennedy, Kasandra Tesk and Kerri Schloss
QCWA volunteers from across the region were working hard to keep the diners fed … Jennifer Le Patourel, Janelle Reeves, Robin Sinclair and Donna Margetts
More QCWA volunteers … Lorraine Klein, Jane Walduck, Marg Moult, Rhonda Smith and Julie Robinson
And even more QCWA ladies … Lois Thurecht, Janice Jamieson and Marina Taylor
Deputy Mayor Gavin Jones and John Carey with a table full of Stanwell people and KCCI executive members

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables


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