Cr Rogerson Kenilworth Show and Rodeo
  • Tuesday 30 August 2016

By the time you’re reading this, the Kenilworth Show & Rodeo Princess Ball – which I was honoured to attend as a judge – will have been run for the first time in more than 20 years!

I’d like to congratulate Tracy Ferriday, the Director of the Ball and the Committee for demonstrating great initiative in reviving this event.

The Kenilworth Show & Rodeo will run on Saturday September 17. There’s more than $5000 in rodeo prize money on offer this year so competition is sure to be fierce!

There’ll be show jumping and show horse events, wood chopping and chainsaw competitions as well as side shows, racing pigs, stud cattle displays and so much more!

As well as providing great entertainment, the Kenilworth Show & Rodeo is a terrific social event for residents within the various close-knit communities of Kenilworth, Obi Obi and the Mary Valley.

For all the details visit the rodeo website

Bronzed Aussie!

Did you know that Australia’s first medal at the Rio Olympics was won by Mapleton archer Ryan Tyack? What a fantastic achievement and what an honour it was to help welcome Ryan home on Monday August 29 at the Mapleton School!

Clearing the air on TT 

There’s been a lot of innuendo regarding my contribution to the proposed Sunshine Coast Motorcycle TT race. I never shirked from the fact that I am an avid motorsport fan and a keen motorcyclist, however, I took umbrage to the fact that I initiated the backing of this event.

As with any event promoter who comes to council with a proposal, I believe it’s my duty to give each and every one of them a fair and decent hearing. To this end, I believe some residents in and around Maleny, where the course for this event was proposed, started jumping at shadows before the full extent and logistics were established.

One such issue was the limitation on residents who lived along the proposed circuit not being able to come and go from their own homes for the extended four-day period of this proposed event.

This was a complete furphy as it was established in early discussions that if the event went ahead residents’ access to and from their properties would only have been affected for a few hours.

Unfortunately we may now never know what the benefits from hosting this high profile international event would’ve been for the Hinterland.  

Great things on the Horizon!

The countdown is on for the massive new Arts and Culture Festival lighting up and entertaining the Sunshine Coast region from the hinterland to the sea, north to south.

The Horizon Festival from September 2 to 11 will include thought-provoking talks, engaging sculptures, block parties and art competitions, workshops, design technology, culinary delight and visual art and music all served up over ten days! 

In all there’s more than 220 events taking place region-wide. For more details including a full program, check out