Bat­tling re­gion’s re­silience

Video cel­e­brates Monto

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE - Jack Lawrie Jack.Lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

MONTO’S rep­u­ta­tion as a bat­tling dairy com­mu­nity was con­firmed with the re­lease of a doc­u­men­tary show­cas­ing its “Le­gendairy” de­ter­mi­na­tion.

To cel­e­brate the suc­cess of the Le­gendairy Cap­i­tal pro­gram, in which Monto was named the Le­gendairy Cap­i­tal of the Sub­trop­i­cal re­gion, Dairy Aus­tralia has launched a video doc­u­men­tary pro­fil­ing the par­tic­i­pat­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

The seg­ment on Monto was filmed dur­ing the Dairy Aus­tralia team’s visit to the town in Au­gust 2015 af­ter it won the prize for Le­gendairy Cap­i­tal of Aus­tralia, with a $2500 grant to go with it.

Monto res­i­dent He­len Goody nom­i­nated the Monto Show­grounds cam­p­draft yard to be re­fur­bished.

“They get used by many or­gan­i­sa­tions and we need these func­tions to keep go­ing so peo­ple can have a time out and en­joy them­selves,” Ms Goody said.

Stan­hope in New South Wales was named Le­gendairy Cap­i­tal of Aus­tralia.

Monto Show So­ci­ety hosted a Le­gendairy lunch for the doc­u­menters and North Bur­nett coun­cil­lors changed their meet­ing so they could at­tend the event.

With the $2500 grant from be­ing named Sub­trop­i­cal cap­i­tal, the Monto Show So­ci­ety was able to kick­start restor­ing the yard in time for the Monto Show.

The old wooden yards were re­placed with new steel yard fences.

Ms Goody said it was a com­bi­na­tion of the town’s ca­pac­ity to carry on in the face of dif­fi­cul­ties.

“It re­ally blew me away be­cause of the fact we’ve only got eight dairy farms in the re­gion,” Ms Goody said.

“In the face of every­thing, the town just keeps go­ing; we take the knocks and we don’t dwell on it.”

The Sub­trop­i­cal re­gion cov­ers all of Queens­land and north­ern New SouthWales, mean­ing the town was up against some stiff com­pe­ti­tion.

Dairy Aus­tralia pro­gram manager Suzi O’Dell said the town’s de­ter­mi­na­tion and re­silience were what put it ahead.

“It’s every­thing, the whole pic­ture; the nom­i­na­tion and the ini­tia­tive that would ben­e­fit the whole com­mu­nity,” Ms O’Dell said.

Dairy Aus­tralia won a Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions award at the Pub­lic Re­la­tions In­sti­tute of Aus­tralia’s Golden Tar­get awards for its ef­forts to show­case and sup­port Aus­tralia’s lesser-known dairy com­mu­ni­ties.

Ms O’Dell en­cour­aged Monto to en­ter the next round of nom­i­na­tions in early Fe­bru­ary.

“They’re a great lit­tle com­mu­nity, a true dairy town,” Ms O’Dell said.

The doc­u­men­tary is avail­able for view­ing at www.le­gendairy.com.au/ Cap­i­talDoco. The seg­ment on Monto starts at 4 min­utes, 45 sec­onds.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LE­GENDAIRY: Monto State Pri­mary School Stu­dents dressed up as cat­tle to sup­port the town’s bid for Dairy Cap­i­tal.

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