The Local Community Attend Buffet Dinner At Ivory’s Rock

Comedian Tracy Harvey, best known for TV appearances on the Big Gig, Comedy Company, Hey Hey It’s Saturday and the Gillies Report kept the local crowd well entertained at Ivory’s Rock on Saturday evening (Sept 26th).  The buffet dinner to celebrate the twenty five years since the property on Flinders Road became an Events Centre was a relaxed affair, with MC Ms Harvey dancing, cracking jokes and generally digging up the gossip from the locals.

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Tracy’s interviews of the Mayor of the Scenic Rim Regional Council, Cr. Greg Christensen and Cr. Duncan Mcinnes, were informative and amusing; the Mayor spoke about the resilience of local people and their readiness to help their neighbours in the face of the recent floods. He said “The local economy needs to remain resilient too, embracing tourism will help achieve that.” Neighbour Nicholas Conroy and his Uncle Len Allen, whose family have been on their property since the late 1800’s, spoke of their days as cattlemen and told a funny story about mustering pigs when their cattle dogs ran in the opposite direction, having never seen a pig before!  Tanya Trace and her assistants Leanne Rogers and Jo Judd told stories about their job as tent contractors for the annual Peace Events at Ivory’s Rock.  The Harrisville Lions club were well represented with 27 members and David Roderick told the gathering of the international reach of Lions and ways they raise money locally, including being paid to look after car parking for 2000 day guests at the recent event.

Ruth Lewis, President of the Ipswich Koala Protection Society and volunteer Marilyn Spletter explained how they care for 150 orphan and sick koalas a year with 2 ambulances on standby 24/7.

During Tracy’s interview of Prem Rawat, Keynote Speaker at the Peace Event held at Ivory’s Rock the previous week, he spoke of meeting 60 inmates at a prison doing a Peace Education Program he founded, resulting in a low return of inmates and reduction in prison violence. This same program has been adopted for all prisons in Ghana and South Africa and is being used to repatriate child guerrilla fighters into society in Columbia. How did Ivory’s Rock begin? Prem said he fell in love with Australia when he was just 16 and wanted to invite the world to see the beauty of this country. When he first visited Ivory’s Rock he felt its magic. Now people from 70 countries have visited and enjoyed its beauty.

Guests, including the Flinders Peak Rural Fire Brigade, neighbours, local business owners representatives of Screen Qld and Tourism bodies enjoyed the buffet dinner whilst their children had fun with face painting and craft activities.

Pictured from left -  Mike Smith, Tracy Harvey, Denise Christensen and Mayor of the Scenic Rim Cr. Greg Christensen.

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