Des Schloss, from Nanango, who organised the metal pit, with Cr Jane Erkens

May 13, 2024

Overnight campers – and local picnickers – at Nanango’s Tipperary Flat park can now warm themselves around an open pit fire.

Local councillor Jane Erkens and friends came up with idea; the local Schloss family donated the metal fire pit and the South Burnett Regional Council made the plan a reality.

South Burnett Mayor Kathy Duff officially opened the fire pit on Sunday afternoon, and then joined in toasting marshmallows.

The event also capped off the recent $250,000 upgrade of Tipperary Flat, which was championed by Cr Erkens after she was elected to the Council at a by-election in late 2022.

The metal fire pit started off life at the Meandu coal mine before being turned into a fire pit by Nanango resident Des Schloss.

Council then provided the concreate barrier and set up the sandstone seating around the ring.

Visitors must BYO wood or buy it from the local garage.

A mini-competition was held on Sunday to determine who could toast the best marshmallows, which was taken out by Anne-Marie Bazeley.

Karl Kaye, from Nanango, donated the wood for the opening.

Cr Erkens praised Council’s parks and gardens staff for their efforts in the project, saying they had really taken pride in the outcome.

Shedders (local musicians who play at Nanango’s The Shed most Friday nights) provided musical accompaniment to the marshmallow toasting.

Mayor Kathy Duff with champion marshmallow toaster Anne-Marie Bazeley
The Shedders provided some live music in the park
Cr Linda Little with South Nanango resident Richard Ogden



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