Seafood surprise for Roma in time for Christmas
THERE'S nothing better than fresh seafood at an Australian Christmas, but this is not always possible for some outback towns.
This is why the XXXX Gold team commandeered a truck, filled it with half a ton of prawns and headed out to Eromanga, stopping at Roma along the way.
Fresh prawns from Mooloolaba were dropped off at the Commonwealth Hotel on Tuesday night for residents to enjoy.
XXXX spokesperson Tom Carney said the aim of the over 2000km trek was to share the Christmas spirit with local communities.
"It's an initiative that aims to inspire people to make the most of their time spent under the Australian sun,” he said.
"It came about because of the fact that at Christmas Australians eat around 240million prawns, so roughly 11 per a person, and unfortunately it's mainly restricted to the people who live around the coastline.
"Every year there's one town that misses out and that's the town that is furtherest from the sea, which is Eromanga.”
The team from XXXX started their long journey in Mooloolaba then headed to Chinchilla then Roma and finally stopping in Eromanga before heading back towards the coast.
"This year we wanted to change the fact that this town didn't have access to fresh prawns,” he said.
"We wanted to bring this tradition to the people in the bush who don't always have it good and have been through drought.
"We just hope this year that we are going to end their prawn drought.”
Mr Carney said although their main aim was to get to Eromanga, a town of around 40 people, they had always planned to stop in at Roma and Chinchilla along the way.
"We wanted to spread the Christmas cheer to all of theses towns,” he said.
"All of these towns feel hardships and deserve to have some fresh prawns.”
The XXXX prawn delivery truck also stopped in at Qulipie on their way back to the coast.