House debates

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Statements by Members

Flynn Electorate: Community Events

1:38 pm

Photo of Ken O'DowdKen O'Dowd (Flynn, National Party) Share this | Hansard source

On Saturday 9 October, I attended the Thangool race day near Biloela. There were good crowds, a good field of horses and good community events.

There has been some rain in that area, which has been drought-stricken for several years. There are hints of green grass coming through, but, overall, it is still very dry.

I also attended the JBOYS annual function on Saturday night. A celebrity guest at the fundraiser was Andrew Gee, a former rugby league player for the Broncos. A three-course meal prepared by celebrity chefs Matt Golinski and Glen Barratt was enjoyed. The JBOYS committee was formed in 2016, after a tragic single road accident claimed the life of 17-year-old Jimmy Bryant. Jimmy had only had his licence for 10 days. The committee got together after that, and they are now sending a lot of students to the driver training schools at Gympie and also at Gladstone. The first year they had 48 students from Biloela high attend this training, and, in 2018, they reached their 200th student for training. This is a very important initiative from the Biloela community, and I wish them very well and hope that the scheme can keep going for many more years to come.

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