A gourmet dinner, showcasing local produce and beverages, is being held next month to raise funds for a community awareness campaign about Paradise Dam.
Principal of First National Real Estate McColms Justin Mayberry announced his company was proud to host the dinner, which would highlight the importance of Paradise Dam to the future of the Bundaberg Region.
He said First National Real Estate McColms believes there is a need to raise community awareness of the importance of Paradise Dam to the future of the region and to help the broader community to understand that, while the dam wall has now been lowered by 5.8 metres for safety reasons, it is absolutely vital for the region's future that the Queensland Government take all steps possible to ensure the dam wall is reinstated to its original height in the near future.
“First National Real Estate McColms is a proud member of the Bundaberg Region business community and we are very aware of the importance of irrigated agriculture to the success of the Bundaberg economy,” Mr Mayberry said.
“There are over 8000 jobs in this region which rely directly on Paradise Dam.
“And there would be tens of thousands of jobs which are indirectly affected by the future of Paradise Dam.
“When it came to our attention that many people in the Bundaberg community aren’t aware of the massive economic benefits of Paradise Dam to our region, we were motivated to do something to help raise awareness.
“We are conducting a Dinner Fundraiser to raise funds for The Paradise Dam Community Awareness Group; a group of concerned locals who hope to build greater awareness of the benefits of Paradise Dam to our broader economy through a community education campaign.
“The Dinner will be held at HSG, Branyan on the 25th September and the tickets will be a cost of $100 each, which will include a 2-course dinner featuring delicious local produce and drinks, plus live entertainment.
“We would appreciate donations which could be auctioned at the Fundraiser Dinner which will be conducted by our resident Auctioneer, Dave Read.
“Dave has been an auctioneer for more than 20 years.
“We are also looking for locals who would like to attend our Fundraiser and participate in the auction to help us in our goal to raise $25,000 or more for our cause.
“Any donation, ticket sale or participation in the auction is greatly appreciated,” Mr Mayberry said.
For more information contact Justin Mayberry on 0421 220 117 or Tina McPherson on 0428 415 930.