COOKING UP A STORM: The new oven and stove in the Coolabunia Sale Yard Kitchen.
COOKING UP A STORM: The new oven and stove in the Coolabunia Sale Yard Kitchen. Tobi Loftus

Ten year battle for new sale yard oven

IT HAS been a 10-year slow burn for Jessie Conomos to get a new oven and stove at the Coolabunia saleyards.

Last week the South Burnett Regional Council turned up the heat, finally installing the new appliance.

"It was a relief,” Mrs Conomos said.

"I've been fighting for this ever since my husband died, he used to be in here as well.

"When he died I took it over and have been fighting for a stove all this time.”

Mrs Conomos started cooking for farmers and cattle sale-goers in 1982. She said this new stove was only the second for the building in 35 years.

"The other one was just too old,” she said.

"It was only a hot plate. That is all it was, with a couple of burners on the side. It was never an oven.

"The old one was just metal, so it was peeling as they do over time, so it wasn't very healthy.”

Mrs Conomos said if cattle sale-goers were lucky they might get to try her speciality before the end of the year.

"It's a Greek spinach pie,” she said.

"I think I'll let them try it before the end of the year.”

Mrs Conomos said as long as her health was strong people would see her in the kitchen for years to come.

"I like to have a yarn with the farmers,” she said.

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