Special building still on the cards for museum
THE Allora District Sports Museum that was opened on Saturday might not have been in a purpose-built building but all those present at the opening seemed pleased much of the great sporting history of the town finally had a home.
Plans to recognise the sporting ability of a town that punches well above its weight started in 1997.
The former Warwick Shire Council allocated land on the corner of Herbert and Drayton Sts for a building but costs rose and finally in 2010, the opportunity arose to display the memorabilia in part of the old Allora Shire Council offices.
International rugby league forward Shane Webcke was one of the early major donors to the museum fund.
The money raised has partly been used to set up the current displays.
On Saturday three contributors who had passed away in the 16 years before the museum opening were honoured - museum life member Terry Doyle, the late Leo Cronin, father of museum instigator Perry Cronin, and the late Sue Cowley, a long-serving councillor on the Warwick Shire Council.
The common tread throughout the speeches was that a purpose-built museum was still on the cards in the future.
Mayor Peter Blundell congratulated museum members and the people of Allora on their vision to open the new museum.
"No doubt Perry has bigger and better plans in the future," Cr Blundell said.
"This museum is reflective of what people in this part of the world have contributed at a regional, national and international level."
Museum committee member and Allora-based Southern Downs Regional Councillor Glyn Rees was MC and said Perry Cronin might not have played sport for Australia but he had made a tremendously significant achievement to sport through the museum.