Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett with Hugh and Donna Atthow at the Kilkivan Showgrounds yesterday.
Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett with Hugh and Donna Atthow at the Kilkivan Showgrounds yesterday. Tanya Easterby

Mangled arena now ‘as new’ for campdraft

GYMPIE Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett described the flood-affected Kilkivan Showgrounds arena in January as a mangled mess.

Those showgrounds are this week hosting Australia's most decorated campdrafters.

The showgrounds' ability to accommodate prestigious horses and riders for the Australian Campdraft Association National Finals is a well-earned representation of local transformation.

It was a significantly different site yesterday to that of January's scene.

Cr Perrett said the venue's major building, named in honour of event supporters the Atthow family, was gutted and nearly ripped from its stumps. That building, along with several others, now appears as new.

However scars of the flooding still remain underfoot. Cr Perrett pointed out that scattered rocks that can be seen, dispersed far and wide throughout the venue grounds, once made up the gravel flooring of the main arena.

Gympie Times


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