NAM­ING OF DOUG SCHOFIELD ARENA AP­PROVED:

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - El­iza Goetze El­iza.Goetze@news-mail.com.au

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

PHOTO: BRIT­TANY COOK

COM­MU­NITY SER­VICE: For­mer Isis Dis­trict Pas­toral, Agri­cul­tural & In­dus­trial So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Doug Schofield.

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