For the 13th year, the Member for Mulgrave and the Innisfail Bowls Club hosted the Innisfail Labour Day Charity Bowls Day.

Mr Pitt said that although the LNP moved Queensland’s Labour Day to October, it was decided to hold the event at the traditional time – the first weekend in May, which is synonymous with International Workers Day.

“As far as I am concerned, Labour Day will always be in May just as it has been since the state’s first Labour Day march was held in Barcaldine in 1891 by striking shearers,” Mr Pitt said.

“The charity bowls day followed one of the biggest Labour Day marches seen in recent years in Far North Queensland, with over 1,000 people marching on the streets of Cairns.

[singlepic id=487 w=320 h=240 float=left] “Each year the bowls day supports a designated local youth charity – this year UNITE, the Innisfail PCYC Youth Team was the recipient of a cheque for $875 at the end of the day.

“This donation will allow them to continue to provide facilities and support for young people in the Innisfail area.”

Mr Pitt said that 48 bowlers in colourful outfits took to the green in fine weather; the only rain fell during the afternoon tea break which increased the speed of the green for the last session.

Participating organisations included Innisfail PCYC, the AWU, the AMWU, The Youth Shelter, Bright Sparks, Innisfail Bowls Club, Innisfail ALP, Mulgrave ALP, Edmonton ALP, PCYC SHAB, PCYC Youth Team, and Tablelands ALP.

Bright Sparks, led by Peter Broccardo, won the Combined Unions Perpetual Trophy for the most successful team on the day, with AWU a very close second.

Labour Day addresses were given by Mr Pitt and Peter Gunsberger, Acting District Secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union.

Mal Clifford won the donated raffle for two night’s accommodation for 4 people at Costa Royale, Trinity Beach; Sue Maggs won the second prize, a ladies bike.

Danny Millard was the winner of the $40 Coffee Club Voucher ‘Rising Star’ Award donated by Cr Mark Nolan.

The Innisfail Bowls Club was congratulated for the generous donation of half the green fees to the Youth Team and on the excellent afternoon tea they provided.