Mountain stroll Get in a Great Gatsby mood
THE Condamine Headwaters and Allora Landcare groups invite everyone to Breakfast with the Birds on Allora Mountain on Sunday, an opportunity to enjoy a two-hour stroll through the natural bush on the mountain with Greg Ford, local ecologist and bird expert.
Mr Ford, the co-author of Birds of the Darling Downs: a land manager's guide, will help identify the birds and other animals encountered during the walk on the mountain. He will also discuss the significance of Allora Mountain Reserve for biodiversity in the Southern Downs.
Those taking part are to meet at 8am to start the walk at the reservoir.
There is road access through the Refuse Transfer Station or walking access from the car park at Forest Plain Rd (opposite the Pursehouse Rural Depot).
A free breakfast of tea (and coffee) and damper will be available to warm everyone up for the walk.
RSVP to help with the catering to Adele Thomas (0412 007 393).
Breakfast with the Birds on Allora Mountain field trip is being funded through the Australian Government Community Action Grants.
The Allora Landcare Group is hosting its annual meeting at Allora's Blue Cow Hotel from 7.30pm today.
If you have an interest in the preservation and restoration of the ecology in our district, head to the meeting and start making your contribution, everyone is welcome.
Past League Heroes Reunite
THE Allora Community Hall will have rugby league memories flowing from all doors on Saturday, when about 160 guests including many leading local league players from the late 1950s to the early 1960s.
The function, organised by a committee of Tom McVeigh, Marg Phelan, John Croke, Perry Cronin and Glyn Rees, has two parts, the first a reunion of all past and present players, officials and supporters of the former Allora Rugby League Club, which existed from 1918 to 1966.
In 1966 a meeting was held and the Allora and Clifton Rugby League Clubs merged to form what became the existing Wattles RLF Club.
Part two of the gala rugby league event is the 50th anniversary celebration of the premiership and St George Cup-winning team of 1963. The Allora Rugby League Club had the honour of winning the prestigious St George Cup a record five times.
The former Allora Club can boast some superb league players, two of the more well-known being the Laws brothers.
Fred Laws toured with the Kangaroos to Britain in 1929 & 1933 and his brother Col Laws represented Queensland and at various times was the president, committeeman and coach of the Allora team.
State Member John McVeigh will attend Saturday's celebrations, along with a parade of outstanding sporting talents from a past era, including former League International Brian Jones.
For further information and details call 4666 3860.
Sunrise Road at Great Gatsby and Gangster Ball
POPULAR live band Sunrise Road will entertain throughout the evening at the upcoming Great Gatsby and Gangster Ball, providing plenty of opportunity for an odd tango and charleston. Sunrise Road comprises Peter Dobe on saxophone and flute, Julie Witney on guitar and vocals, and Jumpei Kawano on bass. Also on the night, the band will be joined by Neville Jess on drums and Mark Pradella on clarinet and saxophone to make a five-piece hot jazz band.
Most of the music will be well-known dance tunes from the 1920s, 30s and 40s along with rock and roll and contemporary tunes later in the evening.
Band member Julie Witney encourages everyone to "come dressed-up in flapper and gangster outfits for a crazy and fun night".
Organisation is well under way for the Great Gatsby and Gangster Ball in aid of the Allora RSL, the Allora State School and St Patrick's School, Allora, being hosted at the Allora Community Hall on the evening of Friday, August 30.
Stepping into the Community Hall for the novel event will allow all attending to experience the Roaring Twenties, a time of Gatsby, gangsters, flappers, prohibition, gambling and all that jazz!
The Community Hall doors will open at 6.30pm, and the ball is under way at 7.30pm until 11.30pm. The licensed "Prohibition Bar" will be open to serve refreshments and soft drinks, and supper will be provided. Themed dress is optional but encouraged. Pre-bookings are essential and can be made at Allora Pharmacy, with admission prices $10 for an adult, $5 a child and $30 for a family.
Prizes will be awarded for the best-dressed couple, male, female and family at the Great Gatsby and Gangster Ball. The Last Gangster Standing raffle will also be drawn with first prize of $1000. Tickets in the raffle are currently available at Allora Pharmacy at $20 each.
Mark your diary everyone, this is a night not to be missed. For more details contact Sarah Turner on 0402 823 815.
Wattles Warriors Planning
BOTH the Wattles Warriors Senior and Junior Rugby League clubs have planned the end-of-season presentation functions to celebrate the past year and recognise player performances.
Wattles Seniors will hold their annual banquet and presentation evening at the Allora Community Hall on Saturday, September 7, from 5pm. The function includes a two-course meal, entertainment until late by Nash, a licensed bar and, of course, the presentation of season awards, climaxing with the Clifton Courier Player of the Year.
Wattles Junior Rugby League Club will host their end-of-season break-up at Platz Oval, Clifton, on September 8, from 11.30am.