Back to Bowra a success
By UTE SCHULENBERG
AFTER two tough tumbles onto the bitumen, the judges declared this year's Back to Bowra tug of war between the Bowraville Hotel and the Bowra Tigers a draw. There is not much you can do when the rope breaks ? twice! Bruises aside, the result didn't dampen the spirit of community fun that filled the streets of Bowraville on Saturday, as the town turned out in droves to show the world what rural relaxation looks like. Event president Bernie Lawler said he was 'over the moon' with the response. "It's the middle of school holidays and lots of city people are here seeing how a country town relaxes," Mr Lawler said. "You'll hear no whingeing here." The crowds were treated to billy-cart races, displays of dancing, Tae Kwon Do and a spectacular grand parade ? all in the main street. The crack of a stockwhip announced the riders from the traditional Mullins Mail Ride, returning from their 14km ride in honour of mailman Jimmy Mullins. Legend has it that Mr Mullins was a bit of a larrikin and often enjoyed a tipple or two along the way, however this year's troupe was there for the ride only. Citizen of the Year Robynne McGinley was surprised and pleased with her award. "It is really nice for (Nambucca Valley) Phoenix to get this recognition," Ms McGinley said. "It's been 11 years and a long hard road to raise our profile." Other winners were Young Achiever, Gabrielle McNally, whose dance school currently inspires more than 120 children annually, and MiiMi Mothers for community service. Event co-ordinator Deb Neal said the mood was exhilarating. "It's great to see the results of the hard work we all put in," Ms Neal said. "And would anyone who sells new tug of war ropes please contact me!"