Rush is on to get ramp in

RAMPING IT UP: Jim Fleming, Kris Fleming, Kev Smalley and Derek Muspratt have a quick break to survey their work. The team is building a disability access ramp to the new Ubobo Memorial Hall in time for Anzac Day.
RAMPING IT UP: Jim Fleming, Kris Fleming, Kev Smalley and Derek Muspratt have a quick break to survey their work. The team is building a disability access ramp to the new Ubobo Memorial Hall in time for Anzac Day. Contributed By Margaret Pengelly

BOYNE Valley residents have been working tirelessly to install a disability access ramp at the recently renovated Ubobo Memorial Hall.

The move will allow safe access for more than 200 former residents who will be making their way back to the Boyne Valley for its commemorative Anzac Day service on Saturday.

Organising committee member Margaret Pengelly said the Ubobo Progress Association had found spare funds left over from a recent project and was given approval last week to use those funds to erect a ramp.

"In the true Anzac Spirit of compassion, mateship and determination Kev Smalley and Neville Mossman ignored the tight time frame and devised a plan to install the ramp in time," she said.

"Over the weekend, with the help of Kev's mate in Rockhampton Jim and Kris Fleming, and Derek Muspratt, the spine of the ramp was welded together and bolted in place ready for the pouring of the concrete foundations on Tuesday.

"The flooring will then be laid and all should be ready just in time."

Kris Flemming, a boilermaker at NRG, volunteered behind his welder's mask to make the ramp possible.

"I live in Ubobo, when I heard about it I just wanted to put something back in," he said.

It was a big job for the team, who worked 11 hours on Saturday and six hours on Sunday, he said.

"It's just another day working, but it feels good to have it done," he said.

"Nothing will get done if you don't help out in the little communities."

Mrs Pengelly said to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli, Kathy McLachlan from the Boyne Valley Historical Society had worked tirelessly to contact the families of all whose names appear on the Many Peaks, Littlemore and Ubobo honour boards.

"To date 200 visitors have accepted her invitation," Mrs Pengelly said.

"Boyne Valley families have served in wars, conflicts and peace keeping operations from the Boer War until today.

"The Davies family will remember their ancestor Mr Syd Davies who as a 16-year-old fought in the Boer War.

"As an experienced soldier he was one of the first 12 men to step ashore at Gallipoli being in the advanced party that went ahead to prepare the way for the waves of soldiers who were to follow.

"The Caughey family must be very proud of their cousin Shane Caughey who has a distinguished army career and is now Major General Shane Caughey.

"He is the son of Harry and Joan Caughey, farmers in the Boyne Valley in the 1950s and '60s."

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