Trakmaster Club’s visit to Bingara more exciting than anticipated

November 2, 2010

The Trakmaster Club arrived in Bingara on Wednesday October 13 with members coming from Victoria, Queensland and different parts of NSW.
We again stayed on Peter and Jan Rose’s property beside the Gwydir River.

A happy group of Trakmaster members pose for a photograph on
Peter and Jan Rose’s property, ‘Caloola’.

The weather wasn’t as kind to us this year as we settled down. We did however have  30 vans and vehicles which meant 60 people. We have thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality of the Bingara Shire not only from the Council but also the Anglican Church where we were able to have our ‘meet and greet barbecue’ with thanks to the Minister.

The local  butcher  provided the wonderful meat and also provided a prize for our auction. The Trakmaster Club would also like to thank  the lovely staff from the hospital who served our meal.

We also enjoyed our night at the beautifully restored Roxy Theatre you could definitely notice the changes from our visit last year. 

With the bad weather settling in even more,  one of our members caravan  and motor vehicle was unfortunately marooned on a small island.
The water was rising rapidly and we could do nothing but watch and take photos.

On Saturday morning it was necessary to call for the assistance of the SES to rescue two of our members who were stranded with their caravan and vehicle on the island. They were rescued but their caravan and vehicle had to remain to be recovered at a later date.

The Trakmaster Club have accordingly donated $250.00 to the Bingara SES for their help.

Sunday we were collected by the  Bilsborough Bus Company with Alan Bilsborough at the wheel, and taken to the property of Gary and Nancy Price so we could see what wonderful work Gary has been doing with his hobby making steam engines.

He has also laid a railway track around his property so eventually he will be able to take his grandchildren on rides.

Nancy also showed us around her garden which was really lovely too.  We understand we are the first group Gary has ever shown his work to and we were really impressed with his steam train hobby.

We also visited Booroombooka Angus Stud where Sinclair Munro showed us his cattle and property and the river where the deluge came from.

We were then treated to wonderful home made sandwiches and cakes made by the CWA Ladies, we even managed to get a recipe or two.

At our Auction night at the Showground we were treated to entertainment from a guitarist  Athol Broadie  and a piano accordion player Gordon Fletcher who shared a few jokes and also stories from his time in Bingara which were very entertaining.

We have to thank the Anglers Club for preparing an excellent meal of Roast Lamb and Roast Pork (plus crackle), roast vegies and a wonderful home made caramel tart with or without cream and ice cream.

The Trakmaster Club has donated $750.00 to the Glen McGrath Foundation, the charity generously supported by Peter and Jan Rose.

In conclusion our club would like to thank Peter and Jan Rose for the use of their property and the generosity of the Shire to allow us to use the Showgrounds for the remainder of our stay.

by Sue Warner
Trakmaster Caravan Club