Prized piece of political history goes up for grabs
A PIECE of Queensland and South Burnett history will be up for grabs when the gavel used by Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen goes up for auction on Saturday night.
The prized piece of political history will be sold at the Mayor's Charity Ball and all proceeds will go towards the Mayor's Community Benefit Fund.
Mayor Wayne Kratzmann said people should "bring their credit card" to try and win the priceless part of history.
The gavel was used by the former premier during cabinet meetings in Brisbane from 1968 to 1971.
Councillor Damien Tessmann said the gavel was then given to the Local Government Association of Queensland.
"Sir Joh gave the gavel to the President of the LGAQ as a memento," Cr Tessmann said.
The CEO of the LGAQ Greg Hallum decided to donate it to the Mayor of South Burnett to raise money.
Mayor Kratzmann said he was glad the gavel would be coming back to where the former premier called home.
"It's a real coup," Cr Kratzmann said.