GETTING TOGETHER: David McCann, Debbie McCann, Kellie Cutting, Sophie Cutting, Matilda Cutting, Casey Lamb, Ben Corbett, Alan Ronasch at front entrance to Banana Sports & Recreation Grounds.
GETTING TOGETHER: David McCann, Debbie McCann, Kellie Cutting, Sophie Cutting, Matilda Cutting, Casey Lamb, Ben Corbett, Alan Ronasch at front entrance to Banana Sports & Recreation Grounds. Contributed

Community event to bring people together

ORGANISERS of a Banana family fun day, set for next weekend, are hoping to raise much-needed funds to rejuvenate the Banana Racecourse for future community gatherings.

Banana Sports Committee secretary Debbie McCann said the committee operated the lease of the grounds but had not held a community event there for 15 years.

Ms McCann said she was keen to ensure the June 15 event was "lots of fun” while also raising money to regenerate the grounds, repair neglected buildings and fix the amenities so they could be used for future get-togethers.

She said, with the region's season of severe drought and the stress felt by locals and nearby property owners, it was vital that support was provided through community events.

"We want to help people with mental stress and the drought,” she said.

"Events like this bring people together and helps to involve other towns, otherwise things can become a bit stale and stagnant.”

Ms McCann said she had been concerned for the mental health of people in the area who had dealt with the tough times associated with the drought and she saw a need for people to have an escape or a day out.

"Instead of being at home and thinking of drought and despair, it gets them to socialise and take their mind off it for a few hours.

"If you don't have that community support and be there for people, not only does your local community suffer, but so does your rural community,” she said.

"This is about getting the rural community involved and giving them a bit of social life too.”

The Fun Day will feature a jumping castle, face painting, ironman, ironwoman and ironchild events, a canteen, and live music and a bar until midnight.

There will be 12 market stalls and a tug-of-war event.

Fun Day entry is by gold coin donation.

The comnmittee would like to thank the businesses for their sponsorship.