Couple Ned and Kris Beaumont are the Boyne Tannum HookUp’s longest serving volunteers.
Couple Ned and Kris Beaumont are the Boyne Tannum HookUp’s longest serving volunteers. Luka Kauzlaric

HookUp volunteers have been there since the start

HOOKUP volunteers Kris and Ned Beaumont are celebrating the 20th anniversary of giving their time this year.

Ned is HookUp vice-president and IT whiz, while Kris processes tickets, answers the phone and looks after the raffles.

As part of the team, they work hard each year to ensure the HookUp remains the best family fishing weekend in the country.

"It's a lot of hard work but it's great to see what we've done at the end of it," Kris said.

"I wouldn't give away the past 19 years. They (other volunteers) are pretty much my family now."

Kris and Ned's children, now 23 and 22, basically grew up with HookUp.

Kris has seen the event blossom rapidly over the past two decades.

"There was only about 20 kids back in the day. Now they've multiplied and multiplied - 340 people used to come in 1995. It's grown so much," Kris said.

"We've come a long way. The whole HookUp used to be on the back of a semi-trailer.

"We used to sleep there for four days in the rain in our sleeping bags to make sure nobody stole the computers. We have security now," she said.

With many years of volunteering also comes many memories.

One of Kris' favourites is winning the 2007 Queensland Travel Train Tourism Award and the pram brigade.



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