Raising a roof for the locals
RIGHT: Shannon Duggan and Dama Byrne at the Raise the Roof gala at Eumamurrin on Saturday night.
The gala was the first event of its kind in decades for the small community and drew visitors from all over the state.
Aiming to raise funds to build a new ceiling for the hall, party guests enjoyed food, wine and good company.
IF THERE is one community in the Maranoa that knows how to enjoy itself, it’s Eumamurrin.
Located about half-way between Roma and Injune, the small community has had a long and celebrated tradition of hosting social events that predate the Great Depression.
On Saturday night, people from as far as Goondiwindi and Central Queensland came to enjoy a night of frivolity with their closest family members and friends in an old-fashioned country gala – a celebrated staple of rural living.
The Raise the Roof gala was the first event of its kind in Eumamurrin for several decades – the township having a proud history of bringing the local community together.
“Back in the 1920s, they had an old hall here and, at one particular event, the crowd danced through the floor,” Eumamurrin Recreational Association president Cameron Lee said.
“In 1955 they built this current hall and it has served the community since then,” he said.
“But this is the first time we’ve run an event of this kind for more than 30 years.”
It was hoped that Saturday night’s event would help raise funds to build a new ceiling in the recreational hall.
Most importantly, it was also an opportunity for revellers to let their hair down.
The significance of the evening buzzed through the large crowd of smartly dressed guests who lined up outside the beautifully decorated hall while a glowing bonfire warmed the cool winter’s night air.
What was immediately apparent was that a lot of hard work and preparation went into making the night one to remember.
“The ladies and sponsors from the community have jumped in, taken everything onboard and have done a really marvellous job,” Mr Lee said.
HAVING A BALL: Taylor Day and Gillian Twist at the Raise the Roof gala.