Billa Billa, the heart of a great farming district

We reckon these four could tell a few secrets. At the reunion are, from left, Jean McMillan, Beryl Jobling, Doris Klein and Nola Woods.
We reckon these four could tell a few secrets. At the reunion are, from left, Jean McMillan, Beryl Jobling, Doris Klein and Nola Woods.

Where would we be without our country "centres", the heartbeat of our farming districts?

For generations districts such as Yagaburne, Tarawera, Lundavra and Billa Billa, to name a few, revolved around their cricket grounds and their tennis courts, becoming not just a sporting hub, but a recreational centre and a record-keeper of stories and characters and families and the rich-vein of life in the bush. And last week Billa Billa celebrated 50 years of surviving the good times, and the bad.

Not that there was much room for discussing the later when more than 200 people descended on the Billa Billa Hall 40km north of Goondiwindi last week. There were just too many good times to remember.

"What was a casual suggestion at a local Christmas Party in 1968 to start and build a tennis club was the beginning of a great little club that is still going strong today and helps keep a community connected especially in these dry times," Reunion Committee member, Marianne McMillan said.

" "We are so looking forward to the reunion," she said the week before the reunion. And celebrate they did. "We had a great afternoon and evening," Marianne said.

"The flies were very friendly and so many said they had forgotten how bad they could be but they were soon forgotten.

"It was great seeing people look at each other, then read the name tag and then realise it was someone that they knew. This was what the reunion was all about and it was lovely to see it happen. We had people travelling from Sydney the Sunshine Coast, Mitchell, Toowoomba, Goondiwindi and support from other local clubs and community.

"Everyone inspected the amazing Time Line, looking at old trophies and a wonderful book on the history of the club.

"If anyone would like to order this book please email billabillaclubsec@gmail.com

What was a casual suggestion at a local Christmas Party in 1968 to start and build a tennis club was the beginning of a great little club that is still going strong today and helps keep a community connected especially in these dry times