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Dick Adams, Federal Member for Lyons, and Kim Polley, Mayor of the Northern Midlands, were delighted today to receive donations from Rikk Rossler, spokes person from Poatina’s leadership team.

Mr Rossler presented two cheques totaling $2015 to Dick Adams.  The first of $1209 for the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal, and the second to go to the Victorian Flood appeal for $806.

Poatina is a small village on the edge of the Great Western Tiers in Northern Tasmania.  The village incorporates a Fusion youth service..

“This is a very proud moment, to see such a small community dig so deep to help other families in need is heartwarming”, Dick Adams said.

Mr Adams said that he believed that this was in part as a result of the Mayor’s speech at the ‘Pass the Hat Around’ event held as part of the regular Poatina Australia Day Celebrations.

Mayor Polley, who spoke at the celebrations quoted from Henry Lawson story, “Send Round The Hat”.

“Australians know about hardship wherever they are, and know about the distress and heartbreak that comes from natural disasters in our land.

“Tasmanians remember the help and generosity they experienced during the bushfires we have had over the years.

“It’s no surprise that this story has stirred those memories and those feelings of mateship and people have dug so deep.

“I will be taking this to Canberra with me to add to the fundraising from around the Nation and acknowledge the generosity of the people of Poatina and visitors on the day,” Mr Adams said.

Both Dick Adams and Mayor Polley thanked Rikk Rossler for organizing the events that allowed the fundraising to occur.

Media Contact:  Dick Adams – 0418 132 828


Poatina Australia Day Festival to help our mates

The 16th annual Australia Day Festival at Poatina Village on Wednesday 26th January will  provide an opportunity for thousands of Tasmanians to celebrate being an Aussie and give them a chance to support their ‘mates’ who have been affected by the country’s worst flood disaster.

One of Poatina’s three person leadership team, Rikk Rossler, says “We would like the Poatina Australia Day ceremony to reflect the “Aussie spirit” by giving everyone an opportunity to contribute at various collection points for those who have been affected by the floods” .

The fun begins at 11am outside the Poatina Chalet with a street parade, a flag raising ceremony with good –old Aussie tea and damper as well as the official Northern Midlands Council Australia Day Awards presented by Mayor Kim Polley.

The festival promises to be one with plenty of food, fun and free entertainment for the whole family.  There will be a huge sausage sizzle, ladies gumboot toss, karaoke, clowns, jumping castle, train rides, face painting, bush dance, plus much more.

The feature event of the day will be the “Southern Cross Great Wheelbarrow Race” where teams of four people push one member in a wheelbarrow in a Primary, Junior and Senior category through a gruelling 4km course, up and down hills, through mud and creeks to the finishing line.   “This was the most amazing, exhausting, challenge I have been through,” says Rohan Prouse, three time winner, “ Yet, it was really worth the effort.”

There are plenty of prizes and all festival activities and Wheelbarrow Race entries are free!

Everyone is invited to come to the Northern Midlands’ own Australia Day Celebrations at Poatina on Wednesday, 26th January from 10am to 5.30pm.

For more details and race entry forms, contact the Fusion office at Poatina on 6397 8280.


Contact Details:

Rikk Rossler

Poatina Leadership

Ph 03 6397 8280 or 0439 372 329

Family Festival brings back “Community Backyard Cricket”

This Australia Day, Poatina Village will celebrate one of our most sacred of Aussietraditions –the game of “backyard cricket”. The Poatina Village Green will host

“Aussie Backyard Challenge” giving people of all age groups and abilitiesthe chance to “hit a four” and “score a century.”
One of Poatina’s three person leadership team, Rikk Rossler, says “Backyard cricket ispart of all our upbringing, it’s when the neighbourhood comes together reflecting theAussie spirit of fun and ‘fair go’ for everyone.”
Along with the “Southern Cross Great Wheelbarrow Race”, the “Aussie BackyardChallenge’ is expected to draw thousands of people from around the state to the annualPoatina Australia Day free family festival on Wednesday 26th January.
The Official Ceremony begins at 11am on the front steps of the Poatina Chalet featuringthe Northern Midlands Community Awards and Australia Day address by Mayor KimPolley.
Australia Day event co-ordinator Dave Ireson says “As usual there will be plenty of food,fun and free entertainment, including an Aussie Street Parade led by the Launceston RSLPipe band, tea and damper, clowns, jumping castle, ladies Gumboot Toss, Hole in Onecompetition, Thomas train rides, face painting, kids carpentry, sausage sizzle and more.All the festival activities for the children and entry into the Wheelbarrow Race arefree!”
Everyone is invited to come to the Northern Midlands’ own Australia Day Celebrations atPoatina on Wednesday, 26th January from 10am to 5.30pm.
For more details and Wheelbarrow race entry forms,

contact the Fusion office at Poatinaon 6397 8280.END
Contact Details:Rikk RosslerPoatina LeadershipPh 03 6397 8280 or 0439 372 329
Photo and filming opportunities:

11.00amStreet Parade & Flag Raising Ceremony (Poatina Chalet)

12 noonFestival activities & food

1.00pmAussie Backyard Challenge (Backyard Cricket in Village Green)

2.00pmSouthern Cross Great Wheelbarrow Races (on Gordon St, opp Community Hall).

2.10pmPrimary Wheelbarrow Race.2.20pmJunior Wheelbarrow Race

2.50pmSenior Wheelbarrow Race

3.00pmLadies Gumboot Toss

4.15pmPresentation of Prizes (Community Hall)

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