Billy Gordon (Skytrans), Barry Riddiford (MMG), Mayor Ernie Camp, Annie Cork (GSD), John Page (Burke Shire Council CEO) & Ernie Dingo
Last weekend Billy Gordon (Skytrans Community Development Manager) and I travelled out to Burke Shire to be welcomed with plenty of that famous outback hospitality and friendliness this region is well known for. On Saturday night the bi-yearly event, “Order of the Outback Ball”, was held in Burketown with approximately 200 people in attendance.
Congratulations to Burke Shire Council and especially to Hayley Booth and the Ball Committee for their hard work in planning, organising and carrying out such a great function. Rumour has it that Hayley was greatly assisted by her family, especially her Mother (Glenda Booth) and her Sister (Councillor Tonya Murray). Congratulations ladies – it was a huge success to you and the other Committee members! Their attention to detail was only further enhanced with the presence of a spectacularly crystal clear sky.
Not only did a great many locals turn up for this event, but numerous others travelled from other regions to attend the Ball, even from interstate. Ernie Dingo did an admirable job as MC for the night and kept the crowd entertained with his quick wit and charm.
Recipient of the Order of the Outback Award went to Ian “Macca” McNamara from ABC’s radio program ‘Australia All Over’. Macca had a prior commitment and was unable to attend, so Ernie Dingo accepted the award on Macca’s behalf. This Award honours those people or organisations that selflessly provide service, support and recognition to the people of the outback.
The judges would have had an extremely challenging task of judging the best dressed in all eight categories with so many ladies turning up in glamorous gowns, smartly attired guys in their suits and ties and the children all beautifully outfitted.
The buffet meal was delicious and after the speeches were over the band played some toe-tapping music which saw a number of locals and visitors taking to the dance floor to demonstrate that they love to party. No names mentioned, however, there were some very impressive moves being stepped out!
Billy Gordon with Ernie Dingo
Burke Shire Council CEO, John Page and his partner Cheryl did a terrific job of making sure our Sunday was both interesting and enjoyable. Firstly, after a bit of a sleep-in from the late night before, one of the many spots they drove Billy and I out to was Leichhardt Falls. This location is certainly a must-see locality worth visiting for those folk travelling around Burke Shire. Many thanks John and Cheryl.
Afterwards, a number of us met up at Floraville Downs Station at the kind invitation of owners of this property, Mayor Ernie and Kylie Camp. Kylie had prepared a great morning tea spread for us all and many thanks to both Ernie and Kylie for their hospitality.
Lastly, GSD would like to extend our appreciation to all those folk in Burke Shire who extended their hands of friendship, generosity and hospitality to me over the weekend. I felt very much welcomed by Mayor Ernie Camp, Councillors, Council staff (especially John Page and Jenny Williams), business operators and the community. As well, appreciation goes to Skytrans who supported GSD in making this trip possible; and my personal thanks to Billy Gordon for his care and camaraderie during our visit.
Article & photos courtesy of Annie Cork, Gulf Savannah Development