Laura to receive ceremonial keys to the region
THE keys to the region will be handed over to Allora netballer Laura Geitz in a special homecoming ceremony.
Earlier this month the nation watched the Australian netball team win gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Allora-based councillor Glyn Rees proposed that the council not only hold an event to recognise her sporting achievements but present her with the keys to the region.
At the general meeting this week, councillors discussed a range of ideas for the celebrations.
These included providing transport for students in the region to attend the event at Allora, a parade down Herbert St, Allora, to the sports museum, presentation of the keys and a sausage sizzle.
Deputy mayor Ross Bartley agreed Laura's achievements needed to be recognised but reminded councillors the region was in drought.
"She's achieved a wonderful accomplishment but I think we need to be mindful of our spending," he said.
"We are drought declared and we can't be splashing money around with our tight budget either.
"I'd suggest a simple but meaningful ceremony in the council chambers."
Council CEO Andrew Roach said a morning tea wouldn't be enough.
"We received massive exposure on the television when she talked about her home town," he said.
Mayor Peter Blundell suggested it would be more appropriate to hold an event at Allora, in conjunction with the Allora Sports Museum. After a short overseas holiday following the games, Laura is back in Queensland having a break before the Australian Diamonds start preparations for the Constellation Cup.
"It was a career high to win gold in Glasgow," she said.
Her husband, Mark Gilbride, mother Juanita Geitz and parents-in-law were among the large contingent of family and friends at the Commonwealth Games.
"I thought of Dad during the games, it was special to win with him looking down on us," she said.
A decision is expected before the September meeting.