Saturday, December 3, 2011

Freemasons to the rescue in Australia

After devastating loses from the January floods, the Kilkivan Showgrounds and Campdraft committee is planning a grand opening of the new facilities on May 2, 2012 in conjunction with a two-day campdraft.

Thanks to the benevolence of Queensland Freemasonry who donated $40,000 to the help rebuild the Kilkivan showgrounds after it was wiped out by the floods.

"Charity is only one of freemasons' principle aims," assistant grand superintendent of workings Adan Taylor said.

"After the floods we saw a real need to help community groups get back on their feet because they weren't eligible for the Premier's funding."

Mr Taylor said the flood appeal by Queensland freemasonry was "just shy of the $1 million mark" and they hoped to reach that by the first anniversary of the floods.

He said 26 projects throughout the state would be approved for funding.

"This (Kilkivan) was a good project to get behind because so many people rely on the facility."

The funds from which the $40,000 was drawn was raised by Queensland freemasons as well as inter-state counterparts and the Grand Lodge of England also sent money.

Showgrounds announcer Mike Webb said showgrounds committee were looking at raising funds to fix the damage from the floods when the Kilkivan Masonic Lodge (which formed in 1901) contacted them and "intimated the Masonic Lodge of Queensland would be willing to provide some funds to help with the new building."

"It was the committee secretary Donna Atthow who did all the work to get the funding," Mr Webb said.

He is looking forward to a "much better view of the arena" than he has had in the past with the added bonus of being in air conditioning.

"Being double storey it is also out of floodwaters and we can safely store our stuff and we know it's not going to get wet," Ms Atthow said.

The funding also allowed for the resurfacing of the arena and the refurbishing of the grandstands.

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