Volunteers busy in Byfield community
BYFIELD is a wonderful community to live in because so many residents pull together to help maintain community assets and resident Sharon Gibbons wouldn't have it any other way.
Sharon said many volunteers worked hard to ensure the public assets would be available for the public for generations to come and put in the hard yards to see it happen.
"Over the past couple of months, Byfield has been the place to be," Sharon said.
"The Byfield Rural Fire Brigade honoured their long serving members with a medal presentation and community barbecue.
"We had a wonderful weekend visit from Birdlife Australia as part of their five day campout.
"Fifty-five birdwatchers were welcomed to the Raspberry Creek Homestead by the Byfield Historical Society for an evening of informative talks given by local ecologists."
Sharon said the group participated in excursions around Byfield, including a visit to the historic stone crossing and site of the 1924 campout by ornithologists from the same club.
The Capricorn Coast Historical Society Bus Tour also paid a visit to the interesting heritage listed stone crossing and the Raspberry Creek Homestead.
The Byfield Hall Committee welcomed the 65 year Byfield School Reunion with a roll call followed by a lovely morning tea and barbecue lunch.
Children's Author Royce Bond visited the Library at the Homestead, with locals attending a writing workshop.
The Birch Carroll and Coyle Monster Competition was well participated in by the local children and the Byfield State School Student Excursion to the Homestead was also hosted by the Byfield Historical Society.
Sharon said these events would not have been possible if not for the many volunteers who gave up their time for the benefit of their community.
"The volunteers are people who see a job which needs doing and just do it, no one is told to do it or gets paid," she said.
"They are made up of club members, friends and neighbours.
"Many thanks go to the club members that mow the yards and take the rubbish away at the Byfield Hall and the Raspberry Creek Homestead and the neighbours that mow and maintain the public walking track down to the historic stone crossing on Byfield Creek.
"Thanks also go to the cooks, cleaners, painters and guides that helped make the community events in Byfield special.
"We also offer thanks to the many locals that attended the events to tell stories and listen to stories from our visitors and also to Birch, Carroll and Coyle and Rockhampton Regional Council for the holiday program at the Byfield Library.
" Finally Sharon offers a huge thanks to the residents who volunteer for the Rural Fire Brigade who are all kitted out and skilled up, ready to guard the community from fires again this season.