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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 jo@gayn­dahrealestate.com.au.

“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.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

THEY’RE OFF: Tony Becker calls the Phan­tom Race at the Mundubbera Ro­tary pre-Mel­bourne Cup Din­ner.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

Guest speaker Barry Bald­win speak­ing with Tony Becker at the Ro­tary pre-Mel­bourne Cup Din­ner.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

Sylvia McLach­lan and Barry Wait at Ridge­haven's Mel­bourne Cup Lun­cheon.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

The pop­u­lar Gayndah Carols by Can­dle­light can’t be held this year.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

Mundubbera stu­dents who will be trav­el­ling to Mel­bourne to com­pete in a volleyball com­pe­ti­tion.

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