Kingaroy's Matt Collins, host of Coffee Chats with Matt.
Kingaroy's Matt Collins, host of Coffee Chats with Matt. Contributed

OPINION: We're really a talented bunch

LET me start by saying how in awe I am of the hard work, the resilience and the tireless effort shown recently by our rural fire fighters.

There have been over 1000 fires in the state in the last 19 days and after having been up close and personal with some of this region's fires last week I can't praise these brave guys and girls enough.

Here's hoping for the promise of rain later in the week to assist our local heroes.

With the seemingly endless amount of bushfires, it is easy to forget all the great events going on in our region.

I spent all of my Saturday at the SB Community Fun Day and it was such a proud moment to see an entire community coming together.

It was such a well organised and positive day, Cardell Turner and his hard working committee should be commended for their monumental efforts.

What become very obvious to me was the amount of exceptionally talented people we have right here in the South Burnett.

From the young dancers strutting their stuff, the martial art proteges impressing the crowd, right through to the meticulous aim of those who had the pleasure of dunking some of our local personalities, including our very own South Burnett Times editor, Christian Berechree.

I shared a chat on the day with newly appointed South Burnett Regional Council CEO, Mark Pitt and he summed it up perfectly.

"Great things happen when people come together for the common good”.

With the Baconfest upon us this weekend, if the performances are anything like what I had the pleasure of enjoying last Saturday, you can be assured of another remarkable event for the South Burnett.

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