Leading the Guard of Honour to the RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre for Governor Penelope Wensley are Anita Martin, Mike Williams with son Hayden Williams and Paul Bligh.
Leading the Guard of Honour to the RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre for Governor Penelope Wensley are Anita Martin, Mike Williams with son Hayden Williams and Paul Bligh.

A cracking good opening

HUNDREDS of people flocked to the opening of Eidsvold's RM Williams Centre on Saturday where whip cracking, dancing and music marked the occasion.

The centre, which was more than seven years in the making, will serve as a visitor information centre and preserve and teach traditional and contemporary bush skills.

North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Joy Jensen said she was thrilled with the turn out at the opening.

“It went exceptionally well,” she said.

“We probably had about 300 people there. It was a very large crowd gathered and lots of North Burnett residents came along.”

Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley opened the ceremony and yesterday stayed in town to meet local farmers and visit sites including Cania Gorge.

“She was genuinely interested in our region,” Cr Jensen said of the governor.

“It was a spectacular day and very action packed.”

Cr Jensen said the day was circled around entertainment and education.

“We kept the speakers to a minimum with the intention of showing bushcraft and skills,” she said.

“I am so impressed with the community and the manner in which they joined in with us in celebrating the opening.”

Cr Jensen said while Saturday was a time to celebrate, it had taken a lot to get to that point with many highs and lows.

“It's been a difficult seven years in terms of getting and losing funding,” she said.

“We certainly want to thank the state and federal government for their continued commitment.”

The opening included a whip cracking display which Cr Jensen said was one of the many bush crafts that would be valued at the centre.

“The governor said she had never seen a whip cracking display like the one we had from a 14-year-old boy and his mother,” she said.

“We want this centre to teach and exhibit those arts and crafts that the bush has taken for granted. We call it a centre but it is just a building until the community gets in and makes it a centre.”



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