By Andrew Smith
For a tiny race club that hosts one meeting a year, an Australia Day Award is undoubtedly a huge achievement.
Bell Race Club was recently confirmed as the recipient of the 2024 Western Downs Regional Council Local Community Organisation Achievement Award as part of the Australia Day celebrations.
Fittingly, the honour came in the club’s centenary year, with the annual race meet held on January 6.
Bell Race Club President Nathan McNamara said the prize was a deserved reward for the efforts of the club’s loyal members and patrons.
“First of all, we’re a hard working, 100% voluntary club so it's certainly recognition of all the hard work not only over the last 12 months, but building up the club year-on-year over a long period to what it is at the moment,” McNamara said.
“Secondly, it’s good recognition from the patrons and the people that attend the event year-on-year - the fact that they obviously clearly have a good time at our event and it’s getting well publicised and there's good strong word of mouth and growing each year.
“There’s no doubt about it that we’ve got a good strong core quorum of very committed club members that put in an awful lot of work to make a good event and then ultimately a number of patrons that return year-on-year that keep supporting us.”
Situated about half an hour north of Dalby, Bell Race Club was one of seventeen outstanding individuals and community organisations named by the Western Downs Regional Council in their Local Awards recipients.
The Local Community Organisation Achievement Award is given to a group that has brought social, cultural and/or economic benefits to individuals, community organisations or the community in general.