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Attard Family Farms finalist in export awards

Ashley Schipper

Attard Family Farms in Burnett Heads has been named a finalist in the 2021 Queensland Horticulture Export Awards.

The awards, facilitated through Growcom, provide an opportunity to highlight the accomplishments of the industry’s leaders and for the wider industry to celebrate the best and brightest in the field.

Attard Family Farms has been exporting rockmelons for over 30 years to destinations such as Japan, Singapore and New Zealand.

The family are firm advocates for best management practice and support both sustainable and ethical farming practices.

Annie and Jason Attard are at the helm of the farm operations, as well as Jason's father and their son.

“My father-in-law's parents started the farm about 70-odd years ago,” Annie said.

“The farm began exporting overseas in the 80s when a group of producers from the region got together to establish the South Pacific Melon Group.”

Annie said the exportation process was an important part of the livelihood of the farm and was also instrumental in providing opportunities for Australian produce to be showcased throughout the rest of the world.

“Exporting means we get to exhibit what we can produce in Australia,” she said.

“It helps with the market and overall, it helps with running our farm and our livelihood.

“We are thrilled to have been named a finalist in the Queensland Horticulture Export Awards- we are only a little fish in a big pond- it is a great honour.”

Growcom Chair Belinda Adams said all finalists had demonstrated their commitment to the Queensland horticulture industry and had made valuable contributions to its ongoing growth and success.

“They are all deserving nominees who have been recognised by their peers and colleagues for their achievements,” she said.

“Given the high calibre, it will certainly be tough to pick a winner in each category.”

The Queensland Horticulture Exporter of the Year Award will be presented to an individual or businesses that has demonstrated a strong commitment to exporting; invested in building a sustainable export capability; and actively contributes to activities that assist the industry to increase horticultural exports.

The Award winners will be announced on Tuesday, 8 June at the Queensland Horticulture Export Dinner being held in conjunction with Hort Connections at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Tickets to the event are still available. To secure your ticket, visit www.growcom.com.au/qhed

Clan Maclean celebrates Scottish heritage in Bundaberg

Ashley Schipper

Grant Maclean can trace his family’s Scottish heritage back to the very first Clan Maclean chief in 1200 and is passionate about keeping the clan’s history alive.

The Bundaberg man is President of Clan Maclean Association Australia and honours his family heritage with his wife Judy, children Susan, Kate and Nick and his grandchildren, through various traditional events throughout Australia and Scotland.

This year was an extra special time for Grant, who hosted the annual Chief's Birthday Banquet event in Bundaberg last week, with more than 100 members of the clan visiting the region to celebrate.

He said its was the ultimate example of the clan's strong connection.

"There are 11 Clan Maclean Associations worldwide who work together to promote the clan and Scottish heritage," Grant said.

"Being a member of a Scottish clan gives a great sense of belonging and for many an opportunity to trace their roots back centuries.

"For Clan Maclean, the history of clan chiefs is fairly well documented and if a Maclean person can find a chief or chieftain in their family tree then the ability to progress up the tree improves remarkedly."

Grant said he was able to trace back his own family tree to the medieval period.

"The depth of history is amazing," he said.

“With my family tree, I can trace my Maclean link back to the very first chief, Gilliean of the Battle Axe, born in 1200.

“I know broadly where every family lived over that time. It’s pretty special.”

Clan Maclean Chief's Birthday Banquet a first in Queensland

The Chief's Birthday Banquet held last weekend garnered support from Clan Maclean members throughout Australia.

The annual tradition commemorates and honours Scottish heritage and is hosted by a clan member from a different region of Australia each year.

Grant said the Bundaberg event, which was the first to ever be held in Queensland, was a huge success for members and the community as a whole.

“The three-day event started on Friday night with a welcome dinner at Grunskes by the River, which was made extra-special when a lone piper appeared out on the wharf to perform to the crowd,” he said.

“Activities followed on Saturday with our council meeting in the afternoon before the festivities of the Chief’s Birthday Banquet began at the Bundaberg Services Club.”

Grant said the dinner featured many Scottish traditions including Highland dancing, performances by the Bundaberg Caledonian Pipe Band and, of course, a serving of Haggis for attendees.

He said on Sunday members attended the Bundaberg Uniting Church as part of a Kirkin O' the Tartan Ceremony.

"Kirkin O' the Tartan is a ceremony where families dress to present their clan tartan and are blessed by the minister in church," Grant said.

"The tradition is traced back to Presbyterian roots when the English banned the Scottish from wearing tartan.

"The Scots sewed tartan on the insides of their jackets (hidden away) and at some point in the service, the Presbyterian minister would bless the families represented knowing that everyone would be standing with their hand secretly touching the family tartan."

Grant said with many visitors coming from around Australia, the weekend presented an opportunity to promote the region’s high quality and locally produced products.

“Bundaberg producers were overwhelming with their support in providing items to auction and as raffle prizes at the Chief’s Birthday Banquet,” he said.

“There were also plenty of opportunities for guests to explore the region, with many staying in various accommodation sites around the area.”

Clan Maclean fundraises for Duart Castle

Grant said the three-day weekend doubled as a fundraiser to assist with the restoration of Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull in Scotland.

Parts of the castle are from the mid-13th century with the first restoration of the historic structure dating back to 1911.

Now, work is needed to make the castle watertight which has been underway since 2014.

Grant said clans from all over the world treated the castle as a home and were welcomed with open arms when visiting the Chief.

"The Castle is Clan Maclean’s ancestral home for clanspeople worldwide and is occupied by the 28th Clan Chief Sir Lachlan Maclean," he said.

"Macleans gather at Duart Castle every five years.

"We are very fortunate to have a Chief who not only lives in the family castle that is open to the public, but also welcomes clanspeople and other visitors from around the world.

"Following the holding of the Chief’s Birthday Banquet in Bundaberg, I am certain that Sir Lachlan will be particularly keen to welcome people from Bundaberg if they decide to visit Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull when they are touring Scotland."

Find out about the history of Clan Maclean or the Duart Castle Restoration Appeal here.

1,000 people attended the 2012 gathering at Duart Castle in Scotland, which celebrated 100 years since the first restoration.

1,000 people attended the 2012 gathering at Duart Castle in Scotland, which celebrated 100 years since the first restoration.

Judy and Grant Maclean, Amelia Purdie and Gordon Maclean at the Bundaberg festivities.

Judy and Grant Maclean, Amelia Purdie and Gordon Maclean at the Bundaberg festivities.

Kerry Tuttle and Grant Maclean at the Chief's Birthday Banquet event.

Kerry Tuttle and Grant Maclean at the Chief's Birthday Banquet event.

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1,000 people attended the 2012 gathering at Duart Castle in Scotland, which celebrated 100 years since the first restoration.

1,000 people attended the 2012 gathering at Duart Castle in Scotland, which celebrated 100 years since the first restoration.

Judy and Grant Maclean, Amelia Purdie and Gordon Maclean at the Bundaberg festivities.

Judy and Grant Maclean, Amelia Purdie and Gordon Maclean at the Bundaberg festivities.

Kerry Tuttle and Grant Maclean at the Chief's Birthday Banquet event.

Kerry Tuttle and Grant Maclean at the Chief's Birthday Banquet event.

Hinkler Hall, Fairymead House awarded

Ashley Schipper

The Hinkler Hall of Aviation and Fairymead House have been highlighted in a state-wide award program for providing outstanding visitor experiences.

The Best of Queensland Experiences Program works to assist the tourism industry in achieving positive word of mouth and increasing visitation through a points-based awards initiative.

Tourism facilities are awarded “Best of Queensland Experience” if an overall 80 out of 100 points is achieved within the program through a criteria including positive customer reviews, online booking platform, an active and engaging social media presence and more.

Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey said the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, situated in the Botanic Gardens, was a popular attraction for both locals and tourists and received an impressive 100 points as part of the program.

“The Hinkler Hall of Aviation is a fantastic facility showcasing the life and extraordinary achievements of Bundaberg's pioneer pilot, Bert Hinkler,” he said.

“Being identified at a ‘Best of Queensland Experience' highlights just how popular the facility is and the great experience it provides visitors.”

Mayor Dempsey said the Fairymead House Sugar Museum, a tribute to the region's sugar industry, received the Best of Queensland Experience award for 2021 as well.

“Also located in the Botanic Gardens, this museum showcases the work of the Young Family, who established Fairymead Plantation and Fairymead Sugar Mill,” he said.

“The top level of Fairymead House is a museum dedicated to the families (Young brothers, Toft brothers, Bonel brothers, south sea islander workers) that had a major influence on the regions sugar industry.

“The lower level of Fairymead House is a museum dedicated to the process of producing sugar.

“I would like to thank the Council staff at both of these fantastic museums for their dedication in providing the region with two top tourism facilities.”

The program was developed in partnership with the state’s Regional Tourism Organisations, Queensland Tourism Industry Council and the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport.

Discover more about the Hinkler Hall of Aviation and Fairymead House here.

Jockey Wheel Buddy booms in Bundaberg

Emma Reid

Bundaberg born and bred Peter Row has returned to his roots after retiring from flying rescue helicopters, with he and wife Michelle now operating Jockey Wheel Buddy.

After moving from Victoria the husband-and-wife team have settled in the region, which they said was the perfect decision for operating their small business.

The duo said Jockey Wheel Buddy was an innovation specifically designed for trailers or vans with jockey wheels to prevent them from sinking in soft ground or sand.

Michelle said to their knowledge it was the only product available in the world that could transform a jockey wheel into a jockey stand within seconds without the need for additional tools.

“It is a fit and forget product, it won’t rot, bend, split or rust – can’t fall off it, lose it, or leave it at the last camp site," Michelle said.

"It really is an ingeniously simple solution.

“More importantly, we are extremely proud to have this small business 100 per cent Australian designed, owned, operated, manufactured and distributed using Australian steel."

Michelle said they now manufactured the Jockey Wheel Buddy exclusively in the Bundaberg Region. 

“To be able to say we are 100 per cent made in Bundaberg is a goal of ours.

“We manufacture and hot-dip galvanise here in Bundaberg.

“COVID certainly made a huge dent in our business, but we are rebuilding after a tough year and seeing a greater connection with customers wanting Australia-made only products,” she said.

Choosing to return to the Bundaberg Region to be closer to family simply made sense for the couple.

“My husband was born, and grew up, in Bundaberg, completing his schooling first at Lowmead school, then Bundy North primary and high. 

“He completed his apprenticeship at Tofts before moving to the police force for eight years; then (he) flew large rescue and medical helicopters in Queensland, and other states of Australia and overseas for 30 years before retiring in 2018.”

And Michelle said it had turned out to be a good move for the business too.

“We were initially concerned about manufacturing in Bundaberg, thinking that we would need to send our finished product to Brisbane for galvanising, but we have found that Kenco Galvanising does an amazing job for us with very fast turnaround, quality galvanising and very friendly service,” Michelle said.

“Honestly, we are exceptionally lucky to have this facility available here in Bundaberg.

“The benefits of using local trades and manufacturing completely in the region is time and money.

“Previously, when we were located in Warrnambool Victoria, we had to transport our product four hours to and from Melbourne. 

“The extra time for turnaround was more than double what we experience here, and we feel very much like a customer and not a number with Kenco.

“We also use the services of Rum City Laser who laser cut all our plates for us. Again, a local business who genuinely care for their customers.”

Bundaberg great for business

Michelle said there were endless benefits when it came to manufacturing in a regional area like Bundaberg.

“Everything is only 20 minutes’ drive from us, and this is huge for business in a supply chain,” she said.

“Our range is ever growing, keeping in line with customers’ needs and requests and we are extremely proud to have a 5-star review from our customers for the quality and effectiveness of our product and our customer service."

The Jockey Wheel Buddy range encompasses 6″, 8″, 10″ and 12″ jockey wheels and also the Aussie-made Ark XO 500 and 750 jockey wheels, used on most off-road campers and the BOS and Trail-a-Mate jockey wheels.

Michelle said despite COVID-19, and the limitations of material supply with the building boom, Jockey Wheel Buddy continued to grow both their range and customer base and they were proud to be based in the Bundaberg Region.

To find out more click here.

Unique transformations: Dean brings old furniture to life

Ashley Schipper

While some might view an old, weathered piece of furniture as a throw away item, Dean Ruddock visualises a new project just waiting to be brought to life.

The Bundaberg Region man has just started up Superior Upholstery Wide Bay after recently moving back to the area, transforming worn furniture into unique pieces at his workshop in Booyal.

“I have worked on probably tens of thousands of pieces of furniture in my time doing upholstery, from very small jobs to large commercial jobs involving thousands of seats for complexes,” he said.

“The part I enjoy most about what I do is taking an old piece of furniture and making it look amazing, as good as new and where possible, better.”

Dean said he began in the industry as an apprentice in 1979 before becoming trade qualified and self-employed.

“Previously I traded in Noosa for about eight years and the business had been established for 17 years prior to my purchasing it,” he said.

“I now trade from my property in Booyal.

“I offer a free pick up and delivery service in the Bundaberg Region.”

Dean said his business centred around providing a high quality and skilled furniture upholstery service for not only items like chairs and tables, but also ottomans, bed heads and more.

“While trading in Noosa I gained a reputation for being the best available and my clientele included many interior designers, architects and general people most of whom came to me due to hearing of the high standard of craftsmanship,” he said.

“I am passionate about what I do and a perfectionist with my work, I treat every job as a project to achieve the highest possible quality finish.

“I am also my greatest critic which pushes me to achieve an as close to perfect finish as possible.”

The local man said he loved creating a unique look for each piece of furniture and followed the mantra of recycle, recover, revived, reloved.

“I feel the benefits of reupholstering furniture include reducing landfill, recycling, the enjoyment of seeing a family heirloom restored – the list could go on,” he said.

“Reducing people’s dependence on a throwaway society is high on that list.”

Superior Upholstery Wide Bay is based in Booyal.

To find out more visit the business Facebook page here.

Volunteers bring Gin Gin community together

Georgia Neville

The Gin Gin Neighbourhood Centre wouldn’t be able to run without the help of its fantastic volunteers who have been acknowledged as part of National Volunteers’ Week.

Working across a range of activities, the Neighbourhood Centre provides the opportunity for community members to have access to services and activities they otherwise wouldn’t be able to enjoy in their local community.

The volunteers include people such as Kelly Shaw who this year reaches the milestone of 20 years of volunteering with the Gin Gin Neighbourhood Centre.

Community Development Officer at Gin Gin Neighbourhood Centre Venessa Piron said volunteers like Kelly were crucial in keeping the Neighbourhood Centre operating.

“The Neighbourhood Centre couldn’t run free classes without the amazing volunteers who facilitate a range of activities,” she said. 

“They are involved in everything from our Tai Chi for Health through to our Knit N Natter craft group who donate some of their creations for our community events and Christmas Donation campaign.

“People can bring their own craft as well and they are very popular classes here in Gin Gin.”

The activities coordinated by the Neighbourhood Centre also aim to provide the opportunity for community members to feel connected, as they acknowledge that rural living can at times feel quite isolating.

“It is a real opportunity to engage, especially as it can be quite isolating for people in rural communities, and this helps to meet that need,” Venessa said.

“I walk in the room and people are so happy to be there.

“We have a peer support card group that come in on Mondays and Tuesdays and they also play board games and Kim does Pilates for us on a Wednesday.”

Venessa said the community loved learning new things from the volunteers.

“These activities are really important to our community members in Gin Gin and it is a privilege to work with the community,” she said.

“All the volunteers are amazing, and we are really lucky and blessed to have them at the centre.”

There are a range of different services on offer at the Gin Gin Neighbourhood Centre including:

-              Tai-Chi for Health

-              Cards ‘n All

-              Knit & Natter Craft Group

-              Balanced Bodies Pilates

-              A Community Computer Kiosk

-              Events and other activities

-              Referral and information services

Head to the Gin Gin Neighbourhood Facebook page to find out more about the services on offer in Gin Gin and upcoming events.

Kelly Shaw is one of the many great volunteers in Gin Gin.

Kelly Shaw is one of the many great volunteers in Gin Gin.

St Andrew's church undergoes restoration works

Ashley Schipper

Work is currently underway at St Andrew's Seventh Day Adventist Church to return the Bundaberg building to its former glory.

Secretary of the Heritage Committee Doug Burns said current works to the bell tower involved restoring the infrastructure that holds the bells in place.

He said the works were being completed by local contractors.

“The metal beams were severely rusted, Caneland Engineering was engaged in restoring this structure and treating it against further rust,” he said.

“Ian Boston then repaired masonry works in the tower arches that were badly cracked and blown out due to moisture that had come into contact with reinforcing steel.

“Finally, Aldo Solano is repainting the entire bell tower inside and out and some hard-to-reach gables.”

Doug said contractors were using specialist equipment to reach the top of the structure that was being repaired.

“Ian and Aldo have been using a large knuckle boom to reach the extraordinary height of the bell tower,” he said.

“These works are expected to give this Bundaberg icon a further fifty years before further maintenance will be required.”

Previous projects have included refurbishment of the stage area, repainting and recarpeting the inside of the church, painting the outside, restoring the stain glass windows, draining the permitter of the church, fixing leaks in the roof, relighting the inside and outside of the church and now, the bell tower.

History of St Andrews

St Andrews church was built in Bundaberg in 1932 by the Presbyterian church.

Architect Lange Powell designed the church in broad free gothic style, reminiscent of the 14th century.

“The carillon tower was dedicated as a World War I memorial and houses a peal of bells manufactured in Maryborough, England,” Doug said.

“During the 1970s the building came under the auspices of the Uniting Church in Australia and was purchased by the Seventh-day Adventist church in June 2004.

“The site is listed in the Queensland Heritage Register as a place of cultural heritage significance.”

Taste the flavours of Bundaberg at HSG at the Gardens

Georgia Neville

Next month, HSG at the Gardens will host three events throughout the 10-day Taste Bundaberg festival, showcasing the delicious produce grown in the region.

Home to 25% of Australia’s fresh produce, there is no better place than the Bundaberg Region to celebrate fresh and tasty culinary delights.

HSG at the Gardens owner and chef Dion Taylor said the festival was a great opportunity to showcase quality family-owned and grown produce.

“The back story behind each family is what makes this produce so great and how from little things, big things have grown,” he said.

“There has been so much trial and error, but the strive to achieve a product that represents each family remains consistently in the back of minds.”

Throughout his time working in the food industry, Dion has always endeavoured to achieve one simple thing.

“My personal goal working in the food industry is to showcase great produce and give folks a little bit of direction as to where their food actually comes from,” he said.

“There will be some amazing events hosted over the festival period, so try to attend one or all of them.”

The three events being hosted at HSG at the Gardens include:

Paddock to Plate Luncheon

Featuring a range of local growers from across the region including Allison Acres Hydroponic lettuce, Bundy Fungi and Hill Produce, the Paddock to Plate experience is not to be missed.

Dion said there would be the opportunity to meet the faces behind the growers at the event.

“This will be an opportunity to meet three of the regions local value-add growers,” he said.

“This is a great chance to hear their unique stories as to why they have set themselves up in smaller scale operations and they will share about their food passions and their journeys on this road.”

You can purchase tickets here.

HSG Private Dining Experiences

Combining local flavours and talent, this limited number event will be co-hosted by Brett Doss from Wynestory Group.

With an interactive element, the event is designed to allow guests to ask questions in a Q&A format.

A set menu has been provided for the evening.

You can purchase tickets here.

Kadilly Coffee Appreciation

The face behind Kadilly Coffee Rod Walmsley will take guests through the different stages of bean preparation, from growing to roasting to grinding and the final stages of euphoria.

This is the perfect session for someone who loves coffee and has questions to ask – especially wanting to learn about more than just ordering a good coffee.

With limited places available at the event, get in quickly and book your spot here.

Green Book documentary premiers at Moncrieff

Morgan Everett

A project inspiring young people to take environmental action has been documented and showcased at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre.

The Green Book documentary premiered this week, highlighting eight months of participation by 370 of the region's youth.

Through innovative workshops, hands on learning experiences and speaking with industry professionals, the participants gained valuable insight into connecting with nature through the project.

Eight-year-old Elijah Richardson said being involved in Green Book had reinforced his love for protecting the environment.

“I got involved because I just wanted to do it and it was really fun,” Elijah said.

“It was a great experience for me because I feel much better and much more confident and more reason as to why I do what I do.”

As part of Green Book, school students were involved in tree planting workshops, participants attended tours of the region and also joined in on discussions with local environmental leaders about how to protect nature.

Libby Boas took part and said she was pleased to see a project promoted in Bundaberg targeted towards young people.

“It was really uplifting to see stuff being done about it, to educate people in a fun way,” Libby said.

“It's also a bit sad to think that we need to do this still. It's bittersweet.

“And I hope that more people do realise that things are happening now as well as later and there isn't time to wait.”

The program was facilitated by Bundaberg Regional Council and funded through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal and ABC Heywire Youth Innovation grants.

Premiered at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre on Friday 21 May, the 21 minute documentary is now available online to share the experiences of Bundaberg Region youth with the wider community.

Watch the full documentary:

Joseph's garden built to thrive both indoor and out

Morgan Everett

Plant collector Joseph Torcetti has been growing his collection for two years, specialising in indoor plants.

The 20-year-old’s passion for collecting stemmed from spending weekends in the garden with his Nana as a young child.  

“I just collected anything and everything, I started running out of space inside so had to expand outside,” he said.

Originally his passion was driven by the aesthetics plants added to a space but Joseph said it wasn't long before a journey into learning began.

“They are so interesting, you learn about their flowers and reproductive side,” he said.

“I would eventually love to start hybridising and creating some of my own cultivars.

“Hybridisation is breeding one plant with another species/variety in the hopes of developing a new cultivar with different traits such as leaf shape, colour and pattern.”

Joseph said indoor plants was a trend in the seventies and was now back in style, with an abundance of gardeners in the Bundaberg Region with an interest in indoor flora.

“You all have a shared interest and it sparks conversations, which often lead to friendships,” he said.

“Multiple people from all over are able to share their expertise and experiences.”

Caring for indoor plants is different to outdoor as they aren’t exposed to the elements, according to Joseph.

“They don’t dry out as quickly as outside and the lack of proper drainage in the decorative pots means you have to be cautious not to over water,” he said.

“Other things like aircon and humidity are issues, you don’t want them getting stressed with the fluctuating temperatures.” 

Joseph said it’s important for beginners to start with research, most of the groundwork is covered in the planning.

“Some plants require more care and maintenance than others,” he said.

“Find out what plants are beginner friendly and start from there”

With Joseph’s collection overflowing into his shade house, he believes it’s great to have a mix of both indoor and outdoor florals.

“They just really add so much life and colour inside and tie everything together,” Joseph said. 

“I love having somewhere I can go to relax, destress and zone out.

“It’s so peaceful and I forget the crazy, busy outside world for a minute.”

Joseph's top tips for a thriving indoor garden

1. Lighting. Find the right lighting, find out what light requirements the plant has and find the perfect spot.

2. Potting media. Choose the right potting media, research what the plant prefers and avoid the cheap, nasty potting soil, it’s better to get something slightly pricier in the long run. Also refresh and repot to a slightly larger size pot every 6 to 12 months.

3. Avoid over watering. Try and water only when the top few inches are dry, you can test this with your finger. It’s better to under water then over.

4. Pots. Try and choose a planter with a drainage hole. Most plants don’t like having their roots submerged, the roots require oxygen for the plant to function properly.

5. Temperature. The most common house plants are usually tropical. They don’t like the cold blasting from the AC or the hot dry air from heaters. Best to try and keep things stable.

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Recipe: Ginger beer pulled chicken

Enjoy this delicious recipe by Bundaberg Brewed Drinks.


2 cups Bundaberg Ginger Beer
1 cup tomato sauce
½ cup hoisin sauce
¼ cup orange juice
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp honey
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp 5-spice powder
1 clove garlic finely chopped
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
1 roast chicken skin removed and meat shredded

Father and son duo team up for Wests Panthers' victory

Vince Habermann

Father and son Mick and Flynn Purkis fulfilled a dream by playing rugby league together for the first time.

The family affair happened earlier this month in the Wests Panthers’ 20-16 victory over Easts Magpies at the Rugby League Bundaberg Broadcasters Reserve Grade Premiership.

Mick, who came out of retirement after almost a decade specifically to team up with 17-year-old Flynn on the field.

He was a run-on front rower while powerhouse forward Flynn came off the bench and chipped in with a goal.

Flynn was backing up after having a whale of a game, including scoring a try, in the Panthers’ 26-12 win over Past Brothers in the Under-18s.