Ex-Eldorado employees Charlie Boraso, Andy Leonard and Andrew Dunkley are calling for past workers to party.
Ex-Eldorado employees Charlie Boraso, Andy Leonard and Andrew Dunkley are calling for past workers to party. Craig Warhurst

Calling Eldorado ex-employees

HOW much beer can a bunch of gold miners drink at a reunion?

The answer to that will be discovered at the Mt Pleasant Hotel this weekend when past Eldorado employees reunite.

Organised by former social club presidents Charlie Boraso, Andrew Dunkley and Andy Leonard using leftover funds, the event is not only open to former social club members but any past Gympie Eldorado employees.

Mr Boraso said the idea to hold a get-together to spend the leftover club money was first considered about a year ago, but only came to fruition recently. He would not say exactly how much beer money was in the bank, but did reveal in past years the social club was able to generate about $30,000.

The past presidents are hoping to see at least 100 old friends converge on the Mt Pleasant Hotel this Sunday, have a drink or two and share some old stories.

Mr Boraso said even though employees had moved on to mines in other parts of the nation and the state, there were still many former employees living in Gympie.

Some are coming from Rockhampton, Townsville, Hill End and Hillgrove – where a lot of Gympie miners now work, according to Mr Dunkley.

He said when the mine basically closed about two years ago, the social club put its accrued funds in trust.

“It was a very financial social club,” he said.

“So now there’s an open invitation to people who worked at the Gympie Eldorado Gold Mine.”

At one stage Eldorado employed more than 200 people, Mr Dunkley said.

He said holding the reunion was a way of catching up with old work mates and finally winding up the social club. Any money left over at the end of the event, if the miners can’t drink it all, will be donated to a local charity.

They aren’t quite sure how many will turn up but anyone was welcome, said the organisers.

The social club was founded in 1993 by three miners – Ian Kidd, Peter Reike and Steve Mitchell. There have been eight different presidents since, and 60 members at its peak.

Mr Boraso said family gatherings, camping trips and Christmas parties were all paid for by the social club and he had some great memories.

The best adult event was probably a fancy dress party at the Silky Oak Tea Gardens and the best family event was camping at Inskip Point, he said.

The get-together will be very informal and starts at 3pm on Sunday.

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