Bridge birthday wins award
NOMINATIONS received for the Australia Day Awards Community Event of the Year demonstrated the great diversity within our region.
Each nominated event was highly successful, however the 125th Birthday Celebrations for Dickabram Bridge in 2011 was named the winner for the efforts of a small number of local people.
While the celebrations were supported by the wider community, the show was put on by a small community, which demonstrated what could be achieved through full co-operation.
"The event was a true celebration for the community and a financial success for many local groups who were given an opportunity to fundraise and promote their individual organisation through market stalls at the celebrations," Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne said at the Australia Day Awards.
The actual celebrations were prefaced by workshops on subjects known to be of great interest to local people. Workshops in art and drawing, song writing, history, drama, drumming and photography all had a focus on the bridge.
Celebrations on September 17 attracted thousands of local people and drew new and old community members together. The day started with a poet's breakfast, followed by a full day of entertainment in addition to food and market stalls, rides, displays and memorabilia.
"The event involved people of all age groups, raised awareness of the local district and its importance with lasting benefits of a personal nature to those involved and to the community as a whole," Cr Dyne added.
The event was a true celebration for the community and a financial success for many local groups