Once again we are back at Standown Park – I’ve commented before on what a gem this place is. Rod and Pam Elkington, the owners, are in a continual process of upgrade and renewal. The grounds are beautiful after last years’ rain and the dam is full to bursting. Unfortunately, the rain keeps falling, and Rod has been delayed in his new major Project. He is a very proud veteran of the Vietnam War, and has designed and is in the process of building a Veterans’ Memorial to celebrate Long Tan Day on 18 August.
He has done all the design himself, and visitors to the Park and friends have helped him build it. It is a wonderful piece of work and will stand them in good stead for many a year to come. Each year on Long Tan Day, Rod and Pam host a schedule of events – a march, a memorial service and a group dinner for all guests at the park. On that day the campers are primarily Australian Defence Force veterans, and many book camping spots from year to year.
Even though most of the week we stayed was wet, it was a quiet and peaceful week for us. We drove out to Cooloola Cove and also to Gympie (bloody shopping), and then decided to finally invest in a ‘new-fangled’ digital Satellite TV VAST receiver (we previously had the analogue version). This gives us the dubious benefit of being able to receive all digital TV channels that are broadcast when we set up the satellite dish. Primarily rubbish, but there ya go!!