Queensland Minister to visit 'Best Little Town on the Downs'

The Southern Downs will welcome Queensland’s Assistant Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Assistant Minister of State Jennifer Howard, when she visits the region to mark an important piece of Allora’s history.

Hosted by Allora Historical Society, Minister Howard will visit the ‘Best Little Town on the Downs’ on Monday, 23 April, to open Policing and Justice in Allora, Warwick Police District; an exhibition to celebrate 150 years of the Allora Courthouse.

The exhibition, by the Allora Historical Society, was assisted by the Queensland Police Museum, Text Queensland via NLA Trove and Queensland State Archives and will run alongside Queensland Heritage Week from 20 April to 28 April 2018.

The Minister will also open Council’s Allora Streetscape project, P.L Travers Park.

Funded by the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland program, the park honours the late Helen Goff, who spent a portion of her childhood in Allora and later created Mary Poppins under the pen name P.L Travers.

Ms Howard will be accompanied by Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie and Allora Historical Society’s Ross Neale, to take a private tour of the Mary Poppins House and open P.L Travers Park and the exhibition.

The Minister will also tour Allora’s Fallen Soldiers Memorial Park and Boer War Memorial, the first built in Queensland.

SDRC Mayor Tracy Dobie said she is delighted to welcome Minister Howard to the region.

“The entire Southern Downs region is steeped in Australian heritage and culture and we are delighted Minister Howard can join us to mark an important occasion for Allora,” Cr Dobie said.

“The completion of Council’s Allora streetscape project was made possible by Works for Queensland funding and not only enhances the liveability of our region but contributes to preserving the town’s rich history.”

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