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Sugar Cane

Background

Sugar Cane is a song about Bundaberg which was originally performed by Walkervale State School students in 1981. The song was then recorded onto 45 RPM vinyl in 1982 and presented to Kolan Shire Council on 10 May 1982. The recording has made its way into the Library's local history collection and it is now being shared in an effort to preserve and disseminate our local history. We thank ABC Radio Wide Bay for transferring the recording from the original 45 to digital format.

About the recording (Notes from the record and sleeve...)

The recording project was a community effort involving the Principal and his staff, Rolaem Recordings and the Crest Cinema [now the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre], with the Bundaberg District Development Board as co-ordinator. All take great pride in the presentation of A Special Town to Me and Sugar Cane.

Music and Orchestration by ROGER WATERS
Lyrics by HEATHER MORRISON
Orchestra assisted by JOSETTE ESQUEDIN
School Principal PETER FRENEY
Performed by the Walkervale State School Year 5 Choir
Piano: R. WATERS
Recorded at Crest Cinema, Bundaberg, Qld.

 

 

 

 

 

About Walkervale State Primary School (as at 1982) (Notes from the record and sleeve...)

The Walkervale State Primary School serves the southern suburbs of Bundaberg Queensland. Opened in 1955, it has a current enrolment of 950 making it one of the largest in the Sugar Coast Region of Queensland. The School has a fine tradition of high academic, cultural and sporting standards. An orchestra, a band and two choirs are formed each year. This recording of original songs was performed in 1981 by children aged between 5 and 11 years.

About Bundaberg (as at 1982) (Notes from the record and sleeve...)

Bundaberg, often referred to as the City of Charm, is the principal centre of the Wide Bay Burnett and Sugar Coast Regions of Queensland. Straddling the beautiful Burnett River, it abounds in parks, gardens and playing fields.

The city takes its name from a local aboriginal tribe (Bunda-) and the Saxon word for town (-burg). Bundaberg, with a current population of 32,000 was first settled in 1867 and became a city in 1913. It serves a rich and diverse hinterland with a district population of 56,000.

Sugar cane is the principal crop of the area. Five sugar mills service 1200 farms with a total of 59,000 hectares under cultivation. From the air the cane fields surrounding the city provide a patchwork quilt of incredible beauty. The area is also one of Australia's largest producers of beans, watermelons, tomatoes and macadamia nuts.

In addition to milling, Bundaberg has a sugar refinery, a rum distillery (where the famous Bundaberg Rum is made), two foundries, implement works and a large industrial estate. Bundaberg is also the major Australian centre for the manufacture of cane harvesters and exports are made to 48 countries.

Bundaberg has much to offer - a superb equable climate, a relaxed style of living, a low cost of living, two major shopping centres, State and Private Schools and a full range of medical specialties, services and hospitals. Traditional buildings, historical colonial homes, beautiful churches and tropical architecture add to the character of the city.

Within 20km of the city there are four patrolled surfing beaches serviced by three surf clubs. Nearly every sport is played including four codes of football. Bowling is popular and there are two golf courses.

Unique to Bundaberg is the Millaquin Mill, Mon Repos Turtle Rookery, the Mystery Craters and the Avocado Grove. Other attractions include museums, art galleries, craft displays, a zoo, a winery, a reptile park and the Hummock Lookout from which the whole district can be seen in panorama.

Author: 
Waters & Morrison