Show to go ahead thanks to big effort
TO SAY that Cyclone Debbie devastated the Proserpine Showground is almost an understatement.
When I look back at those first pictures that emerged just three months ago, the site resembled a war zone.
Overhead power lines were down everywhere and the arts and crafts pavilion was literally ripped to shreds. Six buildings received damage, several sections of the main fence ring were knocked out and one building had more than half a metre of water wash through.
Needless to say, we are all very lucky to be able to walk through the gates of a showground tomorrow.
If it were not for the Show Society members and a small army of volunteers who have given their time to clean-up and rebuild, the 105th annual Show Whitsunday would not be going ahead.
These volunteers have come from diverse backgrounds, ranging from members of community groups to school children keen to help.
Thanks is also due to Ergon Energy for restoring power, private businesses who donated machinery and time and all who assisted in securing Category C funding for the show.
After all this, if ever there was a time to “roll on up” to a Whitsunday show, June 23 and 24, 2017 is it.