THONG THROWING, AUSSIE ICON ENTERTAIN LOCALS
News Source: Sunshine Coast Daily, page 7, Thursday 27th January, 2005
By: Kathy Sundstrom and Kerryn Fraser
It was a tough slog up Heart-break Hill, but the Wild Turkey Warriors pipped Team Baldy to become the 2005 Dunny Racing champions of the World.
The gruelling championship was just one of many fun, traditional Australian events held across the Coast yesterday to celebrate all that is Australian.
With a jockey clinging tightly to the long-drop seat, over 18 people entered the Dunny Racing championship held at Aussie World for the 14th consecutive year.
Aussie World general manager, David Thompson, said a record 10 000 people had come to witness the challenging event, which may one day compete with the Grand Prix in racing stakes.
Proud winners, Ryan White, Craig Hoger, David Wilson and Brandon Wolf, said it was the thought of winning the prized trophy, a small replica of a toilet bowl, that gave them the extra effort to win the race.
That, and the promise of five crates of beer to the winning team.
The Landsborough Pub’s painfully colourful ‘fro’s’ might have had something to do with their teams win in the tug-of-war for the second consecutive year.
The team, who arrived at the event two years ago in a stretch limo, had to make-do with more humble modes of transportation this year – a maxi-taxi
Team captain, Adrian Hines, said they unanimously opposed the limo as the cost was "cutting into our beer budget".
Across the highway at Beerwah, Australia Zoo celebrations were a great success with a well-known music icon taking centre stage. While Steve Irwin and John Williamson are two blokes with a distinctive Aussie sound, it took the national holiday to bring the pair together for the first time. As John Williamson prepared to entertain thousands at the Zoo’s Crocoseum, he said he had not yet had the pleasure of meeting Steve, who according to a spokesperson, was occupied with a crocodile conservation work during the morning.
But John said he and Steve would meet at the 10.30am performance.
He said Steve was a good ambassador for what it meant to be an Australian, and had been able to raise awareness about the importance of our natural environment. “I think his enthusiasm and over-the-top Australianness is great,” he said.
John said while every day was an Australian Day for him, it was the natural landscape of the country that brought us together.
"So this message is perfect for me, and with nature there’s no religion or race attached to it, everyone’s the same.
"It’s like the campsite – you can have the billionaire on one side and the swagman on the other."