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Mandy Nolan's Soapbox
There is something magical about a country hall. These small wooden buildings dot the landscape. They have a frugal modesty and an old fashioned generosity. If they had names they’d be called Thelma or Rose or Alan. They’re a pungent olfactory mix of last week’s wedding enmeshed with yesterday’s committee meeting. Curry and Jatz, tea and beer, tears and laughter.
People need jobs if an area is to survive and many businesses have been crippled when successive major floods devastated the region earlier this year.