Locals and visitors return to celebrate Moranbah’s Golden Jubilee

Mayor anne baker cr vea vea mark holland simon west toni holland and cr gina lacey

Tales of the good old days of Moranbah echoed across the coalfields during Moranbah’s 50th birthday celebrations from Friday, 30 April to Monday, 2 May.

Tales of the good old days of Moranbah echoed across the coalfields during Moranbah’s 50th birthday celebrations from Friday, 30 April to Monday, 2 May.

Thousands of locals and visitors rolled up to over 12 planned events at the weekend to pay tribute to the history and people that built the town.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said Moranbah became ground zero for past and current residents and workers to gather and share their stories of the last five decades of Moranbah.

“I cannot express how proud I was to see people who have helped build Moranbah to the powerhouse community it is now come back to town and share their stories of the past 50 years,” Mayor Baker said.

“It has truly shown me that this small town situated remotely in central Queensland had a lasting impact on so many lives from all over Australia and beyond.”

Deputy Mayor Kelly Vea Vea said the celebrations were a fitting tribute to the town.

“For everyone who has at one time called Moranbah home, there could hardly be a louder thank you than the last four days of celebrations,” Cr Vea Vea said.

Moranbah Motorcycle Riders’ Club and Moranbah Girl Guides kicked off the four-day long celebrations on Friday night. This led AFL and golfing events during Saturday, with the memorabilia display and reunion event organised by Moranbah The Good Old Days that same night. A soccer carnival, car show, live entertainment at the Miners Leagues Club and a Murder Mystery production entertained many throughout Sunday, culminating in the Labour Day march on Monday morning.

Cr Simon West said events like these were possible thanks to passionate community members and organisations.

“I would like to thank Mark and Toni Holland for their community passion and love for our great town that has helped them organise this weekend, not once but, thanks to COVID-19, twice,” Cr West said.

“Council was proud to partner with Moranbah the Good Old Days and local community groups to present the long weekend celebration.”

Cr Gina Lacey said she was grateful to everyone who helped support and organise activities over the weekend.

“We also acknowledge the sponsorship and support of Civeo, Harry and Mary Cheyne, Moranbah Discount Tyres and Mechanical, Moranbah Community Workers Club, Moranbah Motorcycle Riders’ Club, Moranbah Arts and Moranbah Girl Guides,” Cr Lacey said.

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