29 March, 2023
It’s Showtime For Shirley!
Allora Show Society President Shirley Cornhill’s long serving commitment to the community has been acknowledged through the Southern Downs Regional Council’s Volunteer Recognition Program.
For more than 30 years, Shirley has been a tower of strength in organising and overseeing show society volunteer activities and advancing infrastructure upgrades at the Allora Showgrounds.
In nominating Shirley for the award, Southern Downs Councillor Sheryl Windle said her name was synonymous with the agricultural show movement on the Southern Downs, specifically the Allora Annual Show, the Allora Show Society and Allora Showgrounds.
“Shirley is a highly respected citizen of the Allora region and across the Southern Downs, known for her devotion, loyalty, community drive and work ethic,” Councillor Windle said.
“She is very passionate about what she wants to achieve and not only selflessly volunteers her time, but is totally committed to achieving the best outcome possible for the Allora Show Society.
“Shirley has been the driving force behind several major showground upgrades, including the construction of the new canteen facility in 1998 and the relocation of the Allora Livestock Saleyards.
“Both of these upgrades attracted significant events to the showgrounds and opened the door for new activities and prosperity for Allora.
“Her commitment to the Allora Show Society and community can’t be questioned given her 27 years as Society President, along with two years as Vice-President in 1995 and 1996.
“In recognition of her hard work, dedication and commitment to the Allora Show Society, Shirley was awarded Life Membership of the Society.
“Considered an Allora citizen who is not afraid of a challenge and doing hard work to make the community a better place, Shirley was awarded a prestigious Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Club of Allora in 2009 despite not being a member of Rotary.
“At almost 74 years of age, Shirley’s decision to continue in her role of President of the Allora Show Society and to also offer leadership and vital voluntary service for the benefit of the community has to be commended.”