Community spirit shines at concert

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Sue Har­ris

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.

Photo: Sue Har­ris

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.

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