Rais­ing a roof for the locals

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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.

PHOTO: JOSHUA MACREE

PHOTO: JOSHUA MACREE

HAV­ING A BALL: Tay­lor Day and Gillian Twist at the Raise the Roof gala.

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