Chris Pullin, who donated the Noosa Quays auction prize, with the lucky bidder, Colleen Callaghan from Blackbutt, Acting Mayor Gavin Jones (who conducted the auction) and Michael Roach, disaster co-ordinator for Lions District 201 Q4

December 5, 2023

South Burnett residents and visitors banded together in Blackbutt on Sunday to raise more than $11,000 for drought and bushfire victims.

The figure – with possibly even more to roll in – was announced by Blackbutt-Benarkin Lions Club secretary Linda Little on Tuesday.

The Blackbutt Bands Together concert was held in the Hotel Radnor’s beer garden.

It was organised by local musician Warren Gould, with help from the local Lions Club, and attracted about 200 patrons across a full day of entertainment.

The crowd enjoyed a smorgasbord of music provided by Rufus Jack, David Lynch, Lloyd Back, Keith Edwards, Ground Crew with Amos, Richie Arrowsmith and Paradox.

Dan Newland, Lea Reyes, Tony Cisneros and Claudia Mueller provided the production duties.

Many patrons also took advantage of the Radnor’s dining room and bars to top up as the music continued.

Fundraising highlights were two auctions – one for a two-night stay for four people at the Noosa Quays resort, which raised $1200; and another for a signed 2012 State Of Origin Maroons jersey, which attracted $1650.

Both auctions were conducted by Acting Mayor Gavin Jones, who encouraged the crowd to bid and bid again, helping to drive up the prices.

Cr Jones – who contributed $6700 from a Federal and State grant program to help fund the day – acknowledged cash donations from the Hotel Radnor ($500), Jeff and Dr Daphene Connor ($500) and Judy Campbell ($1000) and reminded patrons they could also make tax-deductible donations through a GIVIT page which has so far added a further $4680 to the total.

He praised the Blackbutt-Benarkin Lions Club for supporting the event, running the raffles (which added even more to the total) and enlisting aid from other Lions members throughout Districts 201 Q3 and Q4.

Max Wilkie, from Past Tense Photography, also offered a package for auction which was snapped up by Sonia McMahon for $235.

Funds from the concert will be distributed via the newly formed South Burnett Drought Support Committee, a joint initiative led by BIEDO in partnership with the South Burnett Regional Council and the Red Earth Community Foundation.

The committee will distribute the funds in the form of vouchers for use at local businesses for fuel, groceries and produce.

Cr Scott Henschen, Tonia Gilbert, from Kingaroy, and event organiser (and compere) Warren Gould
Gary Bingham, from Blackbutt, with CROW-FM general manager Chantal Harth … Gary bid $1650 to secure the 2012 Queensland State of Origin guernsey
Acting Mayor Gavin Jones with Chris Pullin, from Tewantin-Noosa Lions Club … Chris also donated the major auction prize, two nights for four people at the Noosa Quays Resort
Gabi Buckley, from the Gold Coast; Rob Buckley, from Blackbutt: and Colleen Callaghan, from Blackbutt
Some more Lions … Tim Minchell, Kingaroy; Sharyn Smyth, Blackbutt; and Debbie MacAlpine, Kingaroy
Blackbutt’s Richard Arrowsmith was one of the team of local musicians who were rocking the Radnor
South Burnett singer-songwriter Lloyd Back was also keeping the crowd entertained
Some more of the local musicians … Helen Wintour. Amos Pellas and Terry Jacobsen
Michael Polly and David Lynch on stage
There were more Lions at the Hotel Radnor on Sunday than in a Disney movie
Thank you certificates were handed out to Tina Torrens (Torkit Business Solutions), Chris Pullin (Tewantin-Noosa Lions), Sheena Lindholm (Push Pull Marketing), Warren Gould and Gabi and Rob Buckley
The Hotel Radnor’s beer garden was full throughout the afternoon of live music



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