Last Updated on March 23, 2015 by Red Nomad OZ
You gotta love a town that puts its money where its mouth is! This sign, at the Barcoo River crossing into Isisford, Central Western Queensland, leaves visitors in no doubt as to the town’s allegiances.
Regular readers will already know Isisford as not only the historic site where Isisfordia Duncanii was discovered, but also a massive embarassment for me – read about it HERE if you care – but this sign also marks it a town that grass roots democracy passes by!
How so? A few years ago, the Queensland Labor government’s program of amalgamating smaller regional councils meant the Shire of Isisford was absorbed into the much larger Longreach Regional Council. Naturally concerned that funding, along with a proud and unique local heritage would be diluted, if not lost forever, the residents of Isisford mounted a losing battle against the amalgamation.
Isn’t there something just a little anti-democratic about centralisation? Or is it just me??
Although Isisford maintains it’s own identity on-line – see HERE – the spectre of the Longreach Regional Council lurks in the sidebar … but they can’t take away the sign!!
@Andrew – yep, something in the air of this place seems to elicit spontaneous AB Paterson recitations… just you wait until you get to see/hear an actual bush poet on your OZ trip!
@Jim – thanx for your kind words … tell all your friends!!!
@Jayne – not only fighters, but a fab little town/area as well!!
Cannot stand these amalgamations but I love the fighting spirit of Isisford!
“And Longreach is praying for rain…..”
Nice one, Red.Been reading here…love it.
The Barcoo!!! On the outer Barcoo where churches are few and men of religion are scanty….err, I’ll shut up.