Community and council operate like a winning footy team
IT MAY be one of Balonne Shire Council's greatest initiatives bringing Johnathan Thurston to town, however mayor Richard Marsh assures it was the community that needed to be thanked.
Cr Marsh said he had seen the impact the JT Academy had on Mount Isa and when he was approached by council to bring the rugby league legend out west he was ecstatic.
"It could've knocked me over when I found out that JT was coming to town and further told to keep it a secret,” Cr Marsh said.
"To say he has left a mark on our shire is an understatement.
"You should see the vibrancy created in the younger people.”
Cr Marsh said council's contribution was insignificant in comparison to the others involved.
"Big pat on the back to the community who got behind and assisted all the services and hands needed to make it work,” Cr Marsh said.
Kevin "Poddy” Waters, St George Rugby Union Club, St George Rugby League and Junior Rugby League Clubs, St Patrick's Catholic Primary School community and Parents & Friends Association, St George Golf Club Associates, The Farmhouse, Goondir Health Big Buddy program, Hadenfeldt Music, Harry's Meats, Rocky Lamattina & Sons Pty Ltd for donating local carrots to the dinner, Moonrocks for donating fresh broccoli for the dinner and farm tour, St George and District Chamber of Commerce, Warrawee Home for the Aged, Mani Tribes Art Gallery, St George Rotary Club, Gordon Lister, Mark Pain, Balonne Betta Home Living, St George Jockey Club for tables, Goondir Health for tables and chairs, Claudette Duiker Linen Hire, Neale O'Brien, and major sponsors Western Queensland PHN, Cubbie Ag, Peak Services, Johnathan Thurston Academy and Balonne Shire Council.