They're happy campdrafters

GRAFTON'S Big River Campdraft Club has secured a major coup by being chosen to host the annual Australian Bushman's Campdraft Championships in May.

It will be the first time the championships have been held on the Far North Coast.

Big River Campdraft Club president Farquhar McLennan said planning to stage the event started almost 12 months ago.

“There is a lot of work involved and we are fortunate to have excellent facilities and a hard-working committee,” he said.

“We are currently upgrading existing amenities, in particular construction of a brand new canteen and bar, which commenced last weekend. It will be a huge event with people travelling from all over NSW and parts of southern Queensland to compete. We are looking at 1500 competition runs plus finals over the four days.”

The Australian Bushman's Campdraft and Rodeo Association (ABCRA) was impressed with Grafton's bid to secure the championships.

ABCRA promotions manager Dianne Hallam said the committee had taken on a huge task as there was a great deal of planning required in holding such an event.

“When choosing a venue we have to look at several factors apart from the campdraft arena,” she said.

“Camping facilities are important as well as satisfactory amenities and catering.

“By far the biggest hurdle is sourcing suitable cattle, which is a real achievement in itself.”

Hallam said the Big River Campdraft committee had been professional and great to work with.

“The committee have been awesome and on the ball,” she said. “Holding such a major event will be a tremendous boost to the local community.”

The championships will be held at Hawthorne Park, South Grafton, from May 14 to 17.

“Holding such a major event will be a tremendous boost to the local community”

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