NAMING OF DOUG SCHOFIELD ARENA APPROVED:
THE late Doug Schofield’s memory will live on in Apple Tree Creek as a plaque bearing his name will be attached to an area he frequented often.
At its ordinary meeting this week, Bundaberg Regional Council agreed to a request from Childers resident Julie Green for a plaque with the inscription Doug Schofield Arena to be placed at the rodeo chutes at Apple Tree Creek sportsground.
“Doug’s always been a part of Childers,” she said.
“He has touched so many lives and helped so many people.”
He seemed to be on “every committee of every organisation in town” – from the show society and council to the Chamber of Commerce, hospital auxiliary and pony club – and has been remembered for his warmth.
“Once you met Doug he was your mate, you only had to know him for five minutes,” Mrs Green said.
“He was one of those old-fashioned men who remembered your name and was always there if you needed him.
“He was such a part of the fabric of the community.”
The Apple Tree Creek sportsground was Doug’s favourite place, and he attended many rodeos there as a young man, bringing the events back there later on.
“I just thought it was fitting that the arena be called the Doug Schofield Arena,” Mrs Green said.
“As a marriage celebrant I was asked to do his funeral, which was held there.
“There were over 1000 people who attended and the family gave it a rodeo feel: country music, bulls and horses, and used the stands as seating. “I got goosebumps.” She said she spoke “on behalf of many, many people” in her praise for Doug.
“He wasn’t one of those blokes who sought attention for what he did,” she said. “He did it quietly. “He was an old-fashioned country bloke who believed in doing his bit, and he always had time for a chat.
“He always had time to listen to you.”
Division 2 representative Bill Trevor said it was a fitting tribute.
“His involvement as an Isis Shire councillor from 1997 to 2008 and his lengthy presidency of the Isis show society were indicative of his strong desire for community service,” he said.
“Doug revelled around horses and his linkages to the Apple Tree Creek sportsground provided the passion for him to make the annual rodeo the incredible success it was.
“Doug was a good friend, a decent man and a pleasure to work with.”
Mrs Green will supply the plaque and arrange the ceremony to officially name the arena.
Doug was an old-fashioned country bloke who believed in doing his bit... — Julie Green
COMMUNITY SERVICE: Former Isis District Pastoral, Agricultural & Industrial Society president Doug Schofield.