Moments that put the South Burnett on the map in 2018

South Burnett Times

LAST year was a big year for the South Burnett in terms of recognition, as the region attracted nationwide attention.

From exciting announcements and events to harsh weather conditions, it’s no wonder eyes were glued to our region.

Here are five stories that put the South Burnett on the map in 2018:

1. Hollywood comes to Kingaroy

Danger Close actors and film crew members will be filming in Wooroolin for the next few weeks.
Danger Close actors and film crew members will be filming in Wooroolin for the next few weeks.South Burnett Directions

Excitement flowed throughout the South Burnett when people heard it would be the filming destination for Hollywood film Danger Close.

2. 15 Reasons you have to come to Baconfest

Mark Kreutz, Baconman and Scott Fitzpatrick get pumped up for the Rail Trail Rasher's Run during Kingaroy BaconFest.
Mark Kreutz, Baconman and Scott Fitzpatrick get pumped up for the Rail Trail Rasher’s Run during Kingaroy BaconFest.Jessica McGrath

The very first BaconFest kicked off in August 2018, bringing thousands to the region.

In fact, even international star Kevin Bacon made comments about the festival.

3. Residents pick up pieces after ‘hailnado’

Whipbird Cafe in Coolabunia after the storm.
Whipbird Cafe in Coolabunia after the storm.Contributed

After a catastrophic supercell hit the South Burnett, leaving Coolabunia in a state of destruction, media from across Queensland flocked to the area to report on the event.

4. Frecklington wins LNP leadership vote

LNP leader and Nanango MP Deb Frecklington.
LNP leader and Nanango MP Deb Frecklington.Joseph Pehrson

Nanango MP Deb Frecklington was elected Queensland’s Opposition Leader at the end of December 2017, and took on her duties in 2018.

This achievement not only drew attention to Nanango, but it was the first time Queensland had women leading both government and opposition parties.

5. Plans for new rail trail revealed

Residents walk the Kilkivan to Kingaroy Rail Trail.
Residents walk the Kilkivan to Kingaroy Rail Trail.Leeroy Todd

A new rail trail expansion stretching across the South Burnett brought major tourism opportunities for the region, with close to 2000 users in July 2018.

As seen: https://www.southburnetttimes.com.au/news/moments-that-put-the-south-burnett-on-the-map-in-2/3618109/ on 10th January 2019

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