Show to go ahead thanks to big ef­fort

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY - SHARON SMALL­WOOD Ed­i­tor

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.

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