Burnett Heads community piano strikes a chord

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Community piano in Burnett Heads
Shay and Sharon Jackson at the community piano in Burnett Heads.

A community piano in the Burnett Heads shopping area has struck a chord with residents and visitors after being donated by local woman Sharon Jackson.

Sharon Jackson said her idea came about after Bundaberg Regional Galleries introduced a piano to the CBD last year.

“I loved the concept so much that we searched for one to donate to the residents of Burnett Heads,” she said.

“I am always looking for ways to give back to the community and when I found this piano on Facebook for not very much money, I decided to make the purchase.”

Sharon said the piano was now located in the Burnett Heads shopping arcade and although old, was still in great working order and ready to belt out a tune or two.

“This beautiful old piano is waiting for people to have a play,” she said.

“I am going to laminate some music sheets to be kept in the stool for people to use.

Phillip O'Neill, Donna O'Neill, Lynne Giles, Mark Giles, Shay Jackson and Sharon Jackson take turns on the piano.
Phillip O'Neill, Donna O'Neill, Lynne Giles, Mark Giles, Shay Jackson and Sharon Jackson take turns on the piano.

“It may not be a new off the showroom floor model, but I bet if this piano could talk it would tell some stories!”

Sharon said if successful, more pianos could be added to other areas in the future.

“I am really big on promoting community spirit and I hope this piano brings people pleasure and fun,” she said.

“As I find more of these pianos I plan to donate them to small communities as I can afford to do so.”

Sharon said the Burnett Heads piano was aimed to bring people together while spreading a bit of fun throughout the town.

“You just don't see these grand instruments around much any more!” she said.

“At the end of the day we all have the same dream and to have this old centre rocking with good vibes will be wonderful.

“Feel free to go down any time and try it out.”

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