Car rally raising funds for RFDS to visit John Flynn Place in Cloncurry

A CAR RALLY aiming to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service will be showing off its vehicles in front of John Flynn Place next Wednesday morning. 

SOON TO COME: Cloncurry Lions Club secretary Nola Humphrey said the Oz Outback Odyssey car rally will visit John Flynn Place next week. Photo: Chris Burns.

SOON TO COME: Cloncurry Lions Club secretary Nola Humphrey said the Oz Outback Odyssey car rally will visit John Flynn Place next week. Photo: Chris Burns.

Hosting the breakfast for the rally is a key project for the Cloncurry Lions Club. The service group folded for 18 months but has aimed for a comeback since its new committee formed last September. 

Cloncurry Lions Club secretary Nola Humphrey said Oz Outback Odyssey is completing the car rally which begins in Adelaide and will end in Port Douglas. 

“Cloncurry was lucky enough to score an overnight stay,” she said. 

Gangster is the theme. As with any car rally you are going to see wild and different arrangements."

Nola Humphrey

“We were really grateful to have the opportunity. They contacted the local council and the council then referred us, so we are very appreciative of that referral.” 

Around 75 people were travelling in the rally.

There would be between 40 to 50 cars, Ms Humphrey said. The cars arrive in Cloncurry on Tuesday afternoon.

While some of them would visit John Flynn Place – the museum acknowledging the founder of the RFDS – while the others would go to Oasis Caravan Park, where they will stay the night.

The caravan park has supported their accommodation. 

Their dinner is then hosted by Gidgee Inn. The following morning they gather in front of John Flynn Place for the public to have a look at the cars. 

Ms Humphrey said the cars will be parked in front of the museum between 8 and 8.30am. 

“They will be decked out,” she said. “It is going to be good for the kids and the families and will be decorated in character type styles. 

“Gangster is the theme. 

“As with any car rally you are going to see wild and different arrangements.” 

She said it would be a good family event for families to have a look at.

“It’s different, which is what the town needs. A bit of variety doesn’t hurt and it is also a brilliant fundraiser for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which is an iconic part of the community.” 

After Cloncurry the rally leaves for Burketown, where it stays the night. On the Thursday morning they travel to Karumba and head along the top end to Port Douglas. “It is an unusual way, but that is what car rallies are about,” she said.