Talk turns to tourism
Journalist Emily Smith explores what’s bringing visitors to the North Burnett Region scrubs up well for stint on TV
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.
LOCAL LEGEND: Monto’s Harold “Spook” Ware brought along the ultimate camera of the 1950s for his interview with Queensland Weekender on Monday.