Tradies team up for last-minute renos to vital Show building
LESS than a week out from the Warwick Show, tradies from around town have dropped everything and sacrificed their weekend to improve the little building that makes the whole event tick, and they won't take a cent for their trouble.
In a mighty show of community spirit, a handful of kind-hearted Warwick blokes got up at the crack of dawn this morning to pour a massive concrete slab that will give Warwick Show judges, dignitaries and volunteers a place to sit down, recharge and discuss the nuts and bolts behind Warwick's biggest autumn event.
With the morning sun peeking through the trees, Glen Eastwell and a team of tradies from all corners of town pitched in to lay the slab around Margies Tea House.
As the powerhouse responsible for feeding all the Show's workers, Margaret Miller is passionate about creating a nice environment at her tea house.
"We've been wanting to do this for two years but it took us that long to figure out how we were going to do it all without the money,” Mrs Miller said.
Just six days out from the big day, Mr Eastwell from Ranbuild put his hand up to do the job for free and other tradies followed suit.
But he said it was easy work compared to what Mrs "Margie” Miller does for the community.
"Margie has spent all her life raising money for leukaemia and the Show. We just got a few fellas together here and poured a bit of concrete,” he said.
Once poured, levelled and set, the new patio will provide a comfortable space for all the Show's workers to come and recharge their batteries and get a meal totally free of charge.
"It's for all the people that make the show happen,” Mrs Miller said.
"They can discuss the day without being interrupted by the public, particularly the judges. It will all be closed in and they can discuss their business.”
But today's extensions were just one extra leg in a building that has been a ten-year community work-in-progress.
After shifting location four times, Margie's Tea House settled on a little old shed that was a "nightmare” to clean out.
Since then, Rotary Sunrise and Ranbuild have each put on different extensions.
The next step for Mrs Miller is to extend the roof and get a new sign, but laying the concrete slab was enough for today.
"It's really good of them. They work all week and then took time to come down here and do something for the community, it's lovely,” Mrs Miller said.