TWENTY- THREE’S A CROWD IN SMALL SPACE BUSH BAR

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

YOU can run into Cow­boys sup­port­ers just about any­where. There we were driv­ing into re­mote Western Creek Sta­tion and lo and behold the gate and steel fence to the home­stead loomed up ahead and they were painted in blue white grey and yel­low Cow­boys colours. There was even the bull’s horn logo carved out of steel by Western Creek own­ers Ge­off and Shirlee Brown. Even though it’s a six- hour drive to Townsville they get to as many games as they can. But, when it comes to State of Ori­gin it all goes topsy- turvy be­cause Ge­off is a Blues sup­porter. He was born in New South Wales. He can’t help that. It’s in his DNA. But, when it comes to the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion it’s Cow­boys all the way. Go fig­ure. That’s Ge­off and Shirlee’s daugh­ter Danni- Lee Brown with her daugh­ters Dakota, 3, and De­lainee, 1, at the Cow­boys’ gate to Western Creek. IF you are plan­ning an end of sea­son footy tour of the bush, keep in mind that the bar at the Oa­sis Road­house is only 1.37m by 1.42m.

You can’t swing a cat in here, let alone a cou­ple of sec­ond row­ers.

You could fit two wingers in­side and maybe a cou­ple of cen­tres, but for­get about prop for­wards. They’ll have to go in one at a time.

The road­house sits just off the Gre­gory Devel­op­ment Rd “Three Ways’’, 112km south of Mt Gar­net.

It’s 53km north of Green­vale, 270km north of Hugh­en­den, 76km south­east of Ei­nasleigh and 400km north­west of Townsville.

Road train driv­ers cart­ing cat­tle to the Townsville meat­works stop there for a meal. Just about any­one trav­el­ling past pulls in for fuel or just to see a hu­man face. “They’ve packed the bar out plenty of times, but it’s not hard to pack out. Mostly they sit out the front, “Lau­rel Royes from The Oa­sis said.

In 1992, 22 peo­ple tak­ing part in a car rally packed into the bar, cre­at­ing what was then an all- time record.

Dur­ing Christ­mas 2004 the record was smashed when 25 mem­bers of the Royes fam­ily packed into the tiny space. Lo­cals from sur­round­ing sta­tions had a go at cracking the record set by the Royes fam­ily when Seven Sun­rise rolled up to a do a pro­gram there one morn­ing in Jan­uary 2016, but man­aged only 23. The of­fi­cial record still stands at 25.

Beat it if you can. Serv­ing be­hind the bar this week was Codi Ed­wards from the Ather­ton Table­land. Codi is hav­ing a gap year be­fore head­ing off to James Cook Univer­sity to do Occupational Ther­apy next year.

Pic­tures: SCOTT RADFORD- CHISHOLM

Codi Ed­wards, 18, of Ather­ton works as a jack of all trades, in­clud­ing bar­tender, at the Oa­sis Road­house.

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