Jul 18

Polley aims to revive interest in Longford

Outgoing Northern Midlands Mayor Kim Polley believes more could be done to promote Longford.FUTURE promotion of Longford is a sticking point for outgoing Northern Midlands Mayor Kim Polley.

Mrs Polley said the town’s strong racing history — motor and horse racing — was again revived by the hope of success surrounding The Cleaner’s Cox Plate entry.

Although The Cleaner finished ninth in the prestigious 14-horse race, she said last week that people should return to the town to rediscover their roots.

“We should be proud of our history, what is more I think we should do more to promote it,” Mrs Polley said.

“A lot of people attended the racing over the times, whether it be horse racing or motor racing or the folk festival.

“A lot of people have memories of those things and we should try and do as much as we can to try and encourage them — whether it be family history or these other matters, I think we need to promote ourselves more.”

She said she was proud to have represented the region and still felt strongly about working within the community.

“I actually turned on a bit of Slim Dusty today and I was thinking about his songs and the meanings of them,” Mrs Polley said.

“You can relate so much to being proud of being rural and in the bush. That’s why I loved being mayor of this area and living here and working with the people.

“We do work hard, probably 1000 times harder to get things here than what others get in some of the other bigger places.”

Joining Evandale’s history group to further research her family’s geneaology and pursuing painting and artistic endeavours are next in line for Mrs Polley.

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