Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

The Year That Was for 'Best Little Town on the Downs'

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

The Year That Was for 'Best Little Town on the Downs'

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THE 2014 year certainly saw Allora soak up the fanfare of some very special events, some considered landmarks, and all promoting the "Best Little Town on the Downs" and its individuals, community groups, events and business across the state and nation. Here's how (part one) of the year shaped up...

January

The New Year of 2014 was ushered in with all deserved fanfare at the Allora Showgrounds at the third Allora Show Society New Years Eve Family Fun Night.

Men's Shed Making Mighty Progress: Allora's Men's Shed group gathered for a working bee at their new home base at 80 Herbert Street, Allora, the former Allora Fire Station from 1965 - 2001.

The growing group took up a lease on the old fire station and hosted their first official event, a meeting, at the historic building on January 25th.

Historic Heritage Weekend: The 25th and 26th saw the nationally acclaimed Allora Heritage Weekend organised by the Warwick Veteran and Vintage Vehicle Club transport the Allora Showgrounds back in time to various points across the past couple of centuries, highlighting the vehicles and machinery that played such a significant role in the development of rural Australia. It provided significant memories for some, and a wondrous education for others, and it certainly held the attention of the thousands who attended the event rated among the best of its type in the nation.

Allora Locals Recognised: Southern Downs Regional Council Australia Day celebrations held at Queen's Park in Warwick enjoyed an Allora flavour, President of the Wattles Rugby League Football Club Aaron Scheid named the recipient of the (Warwick Region) Sports Administrator Award; while Allora's current World Champion athlete Matthew Denny collected the Sports Award to add to a string of honours he earned across 2013. Matthew had recently been named the Queensland Academy of Sport 'Male Athlete of the Year', and Athletics Australia named him the 'Australian Junior Athlete of the Year'.

Ducks Swim to Raise Funds: Well known Allora identity Ted Cowley continued his fundraising efforts in support of the Allora Show Society Showgirl quest on January 27th, with 400 rubber ducks racing down the Allora Pool to raise funds for Showgirl entrant Katie Dennis. The winning duck, "Ole 52", scampering just ahead of a gutsy challenge by Ted's akubra that joined the race unexpectedly at the start, but set a quaking pace throughout.

The winning owners in the Dalrymple Warm Up were 1st: Paul Ashton, 2nd; Fraser Clark and 3rd: Kellie Dalsanto. The big race successes 1st: Trent Henry, 2nd: Julie Kawano and 3rd: Ella Harrison.

February

Allora Cup Reborn: After a lull of around 45 years, the bugle echoed "Call to Post" once again for an Allora Cup horse racing meet, the "Railway Hotel Allora Cup Blues, Brews and BBQ's Race Day", this time at hosted at Warwick's Allman Park.

Saturday February 1st was race day, and the winner of the first Allora Cup since 1959 was Daryl Peckett's 'Ain't She Sweet', ridden by Matthew McGillivray and trained by Wayne Baker.

Allora Show a Ripper: Long serving Allora Show Society President Shirley Cornhill rated the 136th Allora District Annual Show on February 7th and 8th yet another success, the very best of Allora and its community on show at what can be rated as one of Queensland's best country Showgrounds.

Cricket Fundraiser: Allora hosted its own 'Pink Stumps Day' on February 22nd thanks to the efforts of breast care nurse Athaline Mulhall, The cricket action at Allora Cricket Oval featured a ladies match, the pretty in pink 'Warwick Nurses' verses the 'Allora Girls' before with the Allora Cricket Club team took on the might of the 'Allora Old Blokes'.

March

Julie Collects Award: Allora based University of Southern Queensland student Julie-Ann Kawano was awarded a Bursary for Indigenous Psychology students. The Bursary is offered to one student annually, applications are called which must satisfy rigid criteria. …

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