HANG ON: Lachlan Sullivan during his run at the Tooloombilla Rodeo and Campdraft.
HANG ON: Lachlan Sullivan during his run at the Tooloombilla Rodeo and Campdraft.

‘EVENT DETAILS’: Council funds upcoming Tooloombilla Rodeo

Maranoa Regional council will offer in-kind financial assistance to support the upcoming Tooloombilla Rodeo and Campdraft this month, after one councillor urged everyone to attend and support the event and raise money for emergency services in the area.

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In the council meeting on February 24 in Roma, councillor John Birkett moved council approve the request for in-kind assistance for the use of a water truck and generator and slashing of the road leading in and out of the rodeo grounds at a cost of $5699.60.

“It’s great we can support this event and pump money into the Royal Flying Doctor Service and ambos … for those who haven’t been, I urge people to go, it’s a great evening,” Cr Birkett said.

The advice given to councillors was that the Tooloombilla Rodeo and Campcraft Association are eligible to receive this assistance and have not previously applied for assistance in the 2020/21 financial year.

Other groups who have received funding this financial year include the Bendemere Pony Club, St Patricks School Mitchell, Roma Show Society and more.

The council agenda notes that with the targeted demographic consisting largely of primary producers, this event will boost the community spirit, after being cancelled last year and provide community members with a social outing that will assist in alleviating stresses and struggles associated with the ongoing drought and COVID-19 pandemic.

It states a past employee of council used to volunteer their time to drive the water truck.

As they are longer an employee of council, someone else will have to operate the water truck and wages will be calculated for their time.

Deputy CEO and Director Rob Hayward said the event has been budgeted for and councillors will be told when there’s no money left in the events budget.

According to the agenda there is just over $21,000 remaining in the budget for in kind and fee waivers this financial year.

Councillor Wendy Taylor seconded the motion, and all councillors voted in favour of offering support the event, beside mayor Tyson Golder who excused himself from the meeting for a period of time.

The rodeo will be held on March 19-21, more information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/tooloombillarodeoandcampdraft/

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