Talk turns to tourism

Jour­nal­ist Emily Smith ex­plores what’s bring­ing vis­i­tors to the North Bur­nett Re­gion scrubs up well for stint on TV

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

QUEENS­LAND Week­ender pre­sen­ter Jes­sica Skar­ratt gave “the big thumbs up” to Picky’s Pies and Pas­tries’ steak and pep­per pie dur­ing the tele­vi­sion crew’s visit on Mon­day.

“Picky’s Pies was the first things that came up on Trip Ad­vi­sor for Monto, so we knew we’d have to check it out,” she said.

Lo­cal iden­ti­ties Harold “Spook” Ware and Monto’s Mr Magic, Ken Glead­hill, were two other draw­cards for the Chan­nel Seven team’s visit to the town.

But be­ing on cam­era was just another day at the of­fice for two lo­cal leg­ends.

“We have ac­tu­ally in­ter­viewed both Ken and Spook on the show be­fore, about eight years ago. They are cer­tainly favourites,” cam­era­man Chris Dead­man said.

Spook’s skills in wheel mak­ing, wool spin­ning, damper bak­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy has kept cam­era crews at his heels all his life.

“The trick to go­ing on cam­era is be­ing prop­erly pre­pared, I’ve got to make sure I’ve got ev­ery­thing ready so I can demon­strate what I’m talk­ing about,” he said.

Mr Glead­hill was con­fi­dent his trade­mark as­sort­ment of home-made tricks would fool even the most savvy TV pre­sen­ter.

“I’ve won many a rum and Coke at the pub from my tricks, I don’t think any­one has fig­ured out how to do them straight away,” he said.

Af­ter the pie shop the crew headed to Mulgildie pub and the Bun­yip hole be­fore head­ing south.

At Eidsvold they talked to the Bur­nett Butcher, be­fore pulling into Mun­dub­bera to learn about honey mur­cott man­darins at Iron­bark citrus farm.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

LO­CAL LEG­END: Monto’s Harold “Spook” Ware brought along the ul­ti­mate cam­era of the 1950s for his in­ter­view with Queens­land Week­ender on Mon­day.

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