Carols by the river cancelled
THE Riverlands Church in Gayndah has had to cancel the Carols by the River event due to a stall in the planning.
The inaugural Carols by the River was held in December 2015 to great success with 400 community members attending with a 98% return rating in an attendant survey.
Pastors for the Riverlands Church, Rod and Jan Best, made the announcement this week.
“It is with sadness that we announce Carols by the River will not be held this year,” Mr Best said.
“It was always our intention to host a Carols event of excellence to bless the community, and to meet that challenge as churches with a singular vision for this event.”
The announcement stated that due to the collaborative effort by the Churches Together Group not being able to finalise a venue or a fireworks budget seven weeks out from the scheduled date they had no choice but to cancel the event.
“While we are disappointed, as many of you will be, we do look forward to what is possible for future Carols events,” Mr Best said.
The Riverlands Church will instead be running a Dive-In Movie Night at the Gayndah Swimming Pool on Sunday, December 11.
This will be a free event for the whole community.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their support of Carols by the River 2015 and we plan to bless the community with a similar event in 2017,” Mr Best said.
Asking for community feedback
THE Christmas spirit has already arrived in Gayndah with the Gayndah Rotary and Community Committee announcing the ‘turning on of the lights’ for the new town Christmas Tree.
The event is will be the official “launch of Christmas in Gayndah” and is scheduled for Thursday, November 17 from 7.30pm.
In partnership with the event, the annual Stop and Shop Local Passport Campaign will officially launch on the night.
This evening is set to replace the Christmas Carnival which has previously been held in late December.
The committee is asking for ideas from local businesses and the community now that the Christmas Carnival will not be taking place.
Possible extensions to business trading could take the place of market stalls and street food.
“This will provide an opportunity for the existing food businesses to offer family meal deal,” Mrs Dowling said.
“As there will be no stalls or or rides in the street on the night, businesses are encouraged to have their own stalls or activities in front of their premises.
“The only restriction is your imagination.”
The committee is also asking for businesses opinion on a possible street closure form Pineapple to Warton Street for the event and you can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“If there are any objections, the street will not be able to be closed,” Mrs Dowling said.
“We must have feedback from every building affected in order to proceed with the request.”
As a Christmas event there will be an opportunity to get a selfie with Santa from 6pm.
The official ‘turning on of the lights’ will take place on the Gayndah Court House lawn and everyone is invited to attend.
Rotary hosts dinner
A LARGE crowd attended the Mundubbera Rotary Melbourne Cup Calcutta dinner at the Royal Hotel on Monday night.
The event, which has been going on for about 50 years, featured displays of racing history and a phantom race call by Whelan Racing Group member Tony Becker.
Royal Hotel owner Gary Palmer said the event was about getting people excited for the Melbourne Cup.
“It’s fund raising for the Rotary Club of Mundubbera and it just adds a bit more atmosphere on the night and in the lead up to the cup,” Mr Palmer said.
“We try and get a person who rode in the Melbourne Cup, though at this time of year it’s hard to get someone, as they’ve been invited down to Melbourne on behalf of the VRC.
“Of the speakers we have had in the past, we are pretty lucky to get them.”
The 2016 guest speaker was trainer Barry Baldwin.
Trivia night success
DOZENS of people turned out to the Mundubbera State School trivia night on Friday night.
The event was raising funds for students to travel to Melbourne to compete at the Australian Volleyball School Championships, one of the largest school sport competitions in the Southern Hemisphere.
Several Year 10 students, who had seen some of the answers before the night, were auctioned off to help the teams answer questions.
Matthew Zipf raised the most, selling for $190.
He was bought by the Whelan Racing team, which ended up winning the competition.
Organiser Adrian Brady said he was pleased with the turnout.
He said a previous fundraiser for the trip raised more than $1000.
THEY’RE OFF: Tony Becker calls the Phantom Race at the Mundubbera Rotary pre-Melbourne Cup Dinner.
Guest speaker Barry Baldwin speaking with Tony Becker at the Rotary pre-Melbourne Cup Dinner.
Sylvia McLachlan and Barry Wait at Ridgehaven's Melbourne Cup Luncheon.
The popular Gayndah Carols by Candlelight can’t be held this year.
Mundubbera students who will be travelling to Melbourne to compete in a volleyball competition.