Deniliquin businessman Andrew 'Taffy' Brunker is a 2013 muster champion after he was elevated to champion status at the festival's luncheon on Friday.By Cass Savellis
Andrew ‘Taffy’ Brunker was elevated to Ute Muster Champion status at the festival’s traditional chairman’s luncheon on Friday.
Taffy and his team at Brunker Fabrications have made enormous contributions to the wealth of new infrastructure at the Conargo Rd site, including the Bundy Bar, XXXX Bar, Holden centre, VIP centre, stages and urinals.
Play on the Plains Festival chairman Harold Clapham said the induction was an obvious choice for the board.
‘‘It’s fair to say the induction was a very fitting reflection of the enormous amount of volunteer work that Taffy and the team have contributed to the site,’’ he said.
‘‘What people may not be aware is that they’ve also provided a large amount of equipment that’s necessary to set up the site at no extra charge.
‘‘It’s a very generous contribution.’’
Taffy said he and his 11 staff members were proud to be involved in such a prosperous event.
‘‘It’s lovely to get the opportunity to be involved,’’ he said.
‘‘The event is tremendous for our community and if the community can grow then so can our businesses.
‘‘It brings an enormous amount of money to town that benefits so many.’’
Taffy accepted the award alongside long-time event sponsors Holden and Bundaberg Rum, which were the corporate recipients for the year.
‘‘Holden’s commitment to the event is shown by being the overall sponsor for the past 15 years,’’ Mr Clapham said.
‘‘The Holden name is synonymous with the event itself and we’re terribly proud.
‘‘Their cash contributions and vehicles are part of the ingredients that make the event successful.
‘‘Bundaberg is an equally major sponsor and have been since the second event.
‘‘By maintaining a relationship with an alcohol company we’ve really been able to prosper from it.
‘‘We as an organisation have to realise the importance of these sponsors to our event.’’
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