FLAG BEARERS: Everyone joined together to carry the flags in the ceremony.
FLAG BEARERS: Everyone joined together to carry the flags in the ceremony. Contributed

Rotary draws huge numbers

ROTARY District 9570 encompasses 47 clubs from Mackay in the north to Maryborough in the south and west to Longreach.

At the weekend, the Rotary District 9570 conference was held in Biloela and was attended by more than 250 people.

The conference was opened by Mayor Nev Ferrier and a wonderful flag ceremony was held, with Youth Exchange students, Rotaract students and Rotarians taking part.

Guest speakers kept Rotarians entertained and inspired, sharing stories and wisdom on a variety of subjects from the story of Maralinga and British nuclear testing in Australia to restorative youth justice.

Rotary programs were highlighted, including Australian Rotary Health's mental health programs, maternal and child health, water sanitation and the End Polo Now campaign.

Queensland Heritage Park catered for the Friday evening gathering and the gala dinner on the Saturday, providing exquisite options and an opulent but rustic setting with a 'touch of country' theme.

Bundaberg band Brass Monkeys kept everyone dancing the night away and there was even an appearance by Elvis.

On Sunday, a time capsule with a variety of Rotary memorabilia was buried at the Rotary memorial space at the entrance to Wahroonga Retirement Village, to be dug up in 50years' time.

Rotarians with exchange students.
Rotarians with exchange students. Contributed

The conference would not be possible without a lot of hard work by the conference committee and local Rotarians, together with financial support from Banana Shire Council, Auslec, Better Pork Limited, Moore Stephens, Pro Pest, Brighter, Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, Wide Bay IT, Bundaberg Business Enterprise Centre, Standby Support After Suicide, Macadamias Australia and Central Queensland Dairy Fresh.

All would agree it was a very successful conference and we look forward to the next conference, being held in Mackay in 2020.

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