AFTER months of planning, the initial Eidsvold Charity Cattle Drive kicked off on April 3.

The drive will see the cattle and riders passing through several properties, including Glencoe, Tireen, Tandora, Culcragie and Euroka, before arriving at Eidsvold Station.

From Eidsvold Station the cattle will cross the Burnett River and enter the town's cattle yards.

Charity Cattle Drive Committee member Anthony Coates said he was excited the drive was finally under way.

"It looks like we're going to be lucky with the weather," Mr Coates said.

"If it turns wet and cold that will be a challenge, that's why it was set up at this time of the year because it's usually a fairly mild period."

Former Eidsvold Shire deputy mayor Dot Hamilton initially came up with the idea for the drive.

"I said why don't we try a cattle drive?" Mrs Hamilton said. "It went from there."

Accompanying the drive is an exhibition of photos and clippings of the history of cattle in Eidsvold, at the RM Williams Bush Learning Centre.

"It's a display on how the cattle industry in Eidsvold began," Mrs Hamilton said.

"One little boy said Mrs Hamilton, where are all the trucks, they've brought all these cattle in, there are 7000 head.

"I said to him they didn't have trucks then, all those cattle have been walked in for 10 days from up the other side of Camboon.

"He couldn't understand it."

Mr Coates said that was the point of the drive, to educate young people about the area's history and the history of cattle drives.

"This could be an ongoing thing, maybe not every year, but every second year," Mr Coates said.

"Any district needs to have a heritage.

"We need to bring that awareness that times do change."

The cattle will cross the Burnett River about 6.30am on April 9.

The drive will culminate in a family fun day at the Eidsvold Showgrounds from noon.



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