Pair eager to give back to their town
Binjour Bowls Club rewards long service
ELVIA and Kevin Slack have an infectious zest for life that embraces their family and community.
Binjour Bowls Club honoured them before Christmas with a Super Veteran’s badge for Kevin and a glass trophy for more than 40 years of volunteering for Elvia.
A keen sportsman, Kevin said he played tennis and cricket “all my life”, until giving away cricket at age 36 and taking up bowls.
“It seemed automatic; some of my mates played bowls,” Kevin said.
“I joined it for social games and a few drinks with my mates.”
While Elvia has never played the game, she went along to support Kevin.
“(Son) John is 52 years old and we’ve been going since he was in the pram,” Elvia said.
“We used to have Sunday bowls every afternoon and I used to put the afternoon tea out for them and cleared it all up.”
With up to 80 players some days, the kitchen was a busy place.
But Elvia’s contributions extended beyond the kitchen to active grant writing.
“We got lots of grants – air-conditioners on the roof, painted the outside of the roof, new windows, a dishwasher in the bar (and) water tanks and a mural on the tank painted by Joy Spry,” she said.
She said she was proudest of the club’s renovated kitchen, “probably the best commercial kitchen for a club as it flows”and 100 settings of cutlery and all white china.
The active volunteer successfully gained grants to support St Joseph’s Church, Gayndah’s CWA rooms and “the biggest” – a renovation of the Town Hall stage.
“We did The Gondoliers – I was in the choir and thought ‘what a dreadful looking stage’,” she said.
Upon advice, Elvia said the stage archway was painted red, the back wall was painted black to remove shadows, black curtains were installed, the back rooms were carpeted and the picture screen put in.
Awarded an Order of Australia Medal last year, her community service was done without thought of reward.
“When I retired I thought Gayndah’s given a lot to us, so I want to give some back,” she said.
“We both love the land, we both love Gayndah and we’ve both worked hard.”
❝ Elvia Slack We both love the land, we both love Gayndah and we’ve both worked hard.
WE LOVE GAYNDAH: Kevin and Elvia Slack have contributed to the North Burnett communities they grew up in.