PLENTY HAPPENING

It's been all go on the function front in the past couple of months – which has been fantastic. 

Was privileged to see The Wallabies defeat The All Blacks in Brisbane after MCing a wonderful Firefly Events lunch at The Paddo Hotel on October 21. 

I was joined on stage by Wallaby great Tom Lawton and All Black Steve McDowell who gave the audience a great insight into Test Rugby in the 1980s (I think they had a lot more fun back then – mind you, they didn't get the Big $$). 

The Aussie win capped off a great day and a big congrats to Samantha Horton of Firefly Events. 

If you take out the first half of the first Bledisloe Test it hadn't been too bad a season for the Wallabies until the loss to England. 

Not sure what happened there. 

Anyway, the following week I literally flew around Australia in 36 hours for a Kimberley Pilbara Cattleman's Association Gala Dinner in Kununurra, WA. 

Great to catch up with KPCA President Catherine Marriott, legendary WA Charity Auctioneer Tiny Holly and Elanco Rep of the Year Todd Donaldson of Townsville. 

A lot of time in the air for a short time on the ground but definitely worth it to have the opportunity to catch up with some great people. 

November 3-5 was the Ballina Country Music Festival which was an absolute hoot and big credit to Garry Lavercombe, Carol Stacey and the Ballina Council for their efforts in establishing a ripper of a festival. 

Some of the acts on show included Felicity, Travis Collins, Simply Bushed and bluegrass band The Mid North and all were excellent. 

Back to Moree for a few days and then down to the Young Wheatgrowers Competition where I caught up with John Harper, a farmer who does a lot of work with R.U.O.K. 

addressing the issues of rural depression and suicide. 

John has been through it all and has a tremendous ability to connect with the audience. 

The event was very well attended and congratulations to Jesh Smith for pulling it all together. 

Back in the car and north to Barraba to MC and perform at a Westpac Rescue Helicopter Fundraising night. 

More than 200 people crammed into the RSL Club for a brilliant night with the surprise packet being an acoustic performance by Andrew Farris of INXS!!. 

Andrew bought a property near Barraba 25 years ago and almost considers himself a local. 

I managed to sell him an esky after local Stock & Station Agent Simon Coopman got me involved in the charity auction. 

It was a huge effort by the local Westpac Rescue Helicopter volunteers and a sensational night. 

Had a visit to Moree by the US Consul General Valerie Taylor on November 15 and in my capacity as Moree Chamber of Commerce President (Yeah, I don't know how that happened either) we organised a farm tour and luncheon at Peter Glennie's property "Norwood" which went down a treat. 

Then back in the car two days later to head to Woy Woy to speak at a rugby luncheon organised by the incomparable Peter "Fab" Fenton. 

Managed to make it back to Moree to play my worst round of golf ever (and tht's saying something) on the Sunday so racking up the Ks on the new RAV4 but seeing plenty of the countryside. 

Heading to Evans Head next week for a Club Managers Conference and looking forward to catching uo with The Jones Brothers, Michael and Richard. 

A couple of functions in Sydney early December and then a mining safety tour around North Queensland the week before Xmas which will fill up the year for me. 

Been an interesting 12 months and plenty on the horizon in 2018. 

Have a great Xmas and remember, if you're looking for someone for your next function, conference, charity or sporting event give me a buzz on 0419 606116 or email muz@murrayhartin.com <br /> Picture shows me with John Harper at The Wheat Growers Awards Dinner in Young.