NRL greats add star power to Bechtel Community Day

THERE'LL be something for everyone this Sunday at the Bechtel Community Day.

Not only will there be entertainment galore and tardis' scattered around the Tondoon Botanic Gardens, but rugby league fans will have the chance to meet two superstars.

Broncos player and league legend Petero Civoniceva, along with team-mate and star playmaker Peter Wallace, will visit Gladstone and get in on the community spirit.

Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg said the day, which ran from 1pm to 9pm, was about giving back to the people of Gladstone, and said the players would be an exciting inclusion for the day.

"Gladstone is a rugby league stronghold and Petero Civoniceva and Peter Wallace are household names in many Central Queensland homes," Mr Berg said.

"You will see them taking part in a range of activities throughout the day.

"So make sure you catch up with them to say g'day, get an autograph or even test your skills against them in our safety boot toss competition."

With only days to go final preparations for the event are underway.

"Our team is working hard to bring you a high quality event, different to anything Gladstone's seen before," Mr Berg said.

Yesterday was a day for physical set up and Beryl Wood, the creator of 10 Doctor Who inspired Tardis time machines, was on hand for the preparations.

Ms Wood said the structures had been a couple of months in the making and she had had to create a few different prototypes to get the right fit.

"It's a safety day so they had to be sturdy," she said.


When: This Sunday, October 21 from 1pm

Where: Tondoon Botanic Gardens. With limited parking available organisers are encouraging Gladstone residents to take advantage of a free bus service offered by Bechtel on the day. Designated bus pick-up and drop-off points will be published in The Observer tomorrow and on Saturday.

What: Entertainment will include machinery demonstrations and simulators, kids' rides, face painting, fun competitions and a line-up of high profile stage entertainment, including the Boogie Woogies, The Pigs and legendary Australian rockers Jon Stevens and Diesel (from 6pm).

Cost: Gold coin entry per person with food and drink sold on the day.

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