Community spirit shines at concert
ALMOST 2000 North Burnett residents rocked up to celebrate the community’s resilience and unity after floods destroyed homes, livelihoods and infrastructure almost two years ago.
The free ROC Up concert was to promote community cohesion and build resilience while the slow process of recovery continued.
Funding from the Federal and State governments for the concert was not able to be spent on roads and is only one of the projects rolled out across the region to strengthen residents emotionally.
And according to Mundubbera’s John Franks, the event achieved its purpose.
“What an amazing night in Eidsvold,” he said.
“I remembered the night we were moved from our homes because of the floods, and Saturday night was a true feeling of small country towns and how we all pull together through good and bad.”
Everything at the ROC Up concert went to plan, and each act was charged with strength, energy and enthusiasm.
From the Popcorn Pirates, who energised the children, and the dancers from Un- tapped, who amazed everyone with their explosive performance, to local artist Tyrone O’Reilly, who lit up the night with his fire-twirling, the evening’s entertainment culminated with the multi-award-winning Troy Cassar-Daley – himself a victim of the 2010/11 floods.
Elder aunty Yvonne Chapman was at home on stage with Troy when she gave the Welcome to Country.
She apologised for being late – she had been at the Gayndah races watching her grandson bring home two winners.
After explaining that her people once used the site of Saturday night’s concert for singing and dancing, she sang for Troy and requested that he sing Riverboy in honour of her nephew who loved the song but was no longer with us.
Troy Cassar-Daley had the audience in the palm of his hand. Not far into his performance, he sang Riverboy and dedicated it to Aunty Yvonne’s nephew.
ROC Up stands for resilience, opportunity, community, uniting people, and this is precisely what the evening of celebration in Eidsvold delivered.
■ For photographs from the event, see page 14 and 15.
GENUINE GUY: Troy Cassar-Daley not only entertained the crowd at the ROC Up concert with his singing, he won them over also with his friendly, genuine personality.