October 17, 2023
Blackbutt is about to be inundated by a pride of Lions … of the service club variety, that is.
The Blackbutt-Benarkin Lions Club will be hosting the 2023 District 201 Q4 convention from October 27 to October 29.
District 201 Q4 covers a swathe of central and southern Queensland, stretching from the NT border to the Coast.
Kingaroy, Wondai, Murgon and Goomeri Lions clubs are all members of District 201 Q4.
Blackbutt-Benarkin Lions Club secretary Linda Little said about 150 people had already booked in to attend the convention, but she expected even more to turn up on the weekend.
She said local accommodation from Nanango to Kilcoy had been booked out by attendees.
School P&Cs and community groups have also been invited to help out and raise funds for their activities.
Highlights of the convention include the arrival on the Saturday morning of the Lions flags, carried by members of the local pony club.
Most of the formal activities will be held in the Blackbutt Memorial Hall, but there will also be activities at the showgrounds.
On Saturday afternoon, delegates have been invited to watch a woodchopping display by local axemen at the showgrounds arena.
Guest speakers during the convention include Past District Governor Graham Cockerell who will explain the “Need For Feed” program to support farmers affected by drought and bushfires.
Gus Napier, from the South Burnett Support Alliance, will discuss homelessness and the Kingaroy Community Meals project.
Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington and Acting South Burnett Mayor Gavin Jones are scheduled to officially open the convention at 9:00am on the Saturday.