Men compete in the Silver Spike at last year’s Emerald Show.
Men compete in the Silver Spike at last year’s Emerald Show.

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THE Silver Spike is back in Central Queensland and QR National is on the lookout for a community project in Emerald for competitors to tackle head-on.

The Spike competition, now in its 20th year, will be held in Emerald on May 30 and June 1 with contestants going head-to-head in the century-old art of manual tracklaying.

QR National chief executive for Network Services Mike Carter said the men also want to give something back to the local community while they’re in town for the event.

“We’re partnering with Queensland Rail for the competition and the combined group is offering its services free of charge for a local community project,” he said.

“These men are competing for the right to represent Central Queensland at the finals in Mt Isa in August.

“But before they prepare for the finals, they want to give something back to the local community in the spirit of the competition which is about teamwork, innovation and skill.

“We’re sure there are many organisations and community groups that could take advantage of this offer and nominate a project that the teams can work on while they’re in town.

“It’s a great opportunity, particularly with the area cleaning up after the prolonged wet season.”

Examples of projects could include maintenance, upgrading or landscaping work.

“These men are lifting 3000kg of equipment by hand every time they compete in the Silver Spike and they are handy with tools and physical labour,” Mr Carter said.

“We have a long association with the Emerald community and we hope we can make a difference to some area of the community through this offer.”

The successful project will be announced during the Silver Spike regional finals in Emerald.

To register interest, please contact katie.scott@qrnational.com.au before Wednesday, May 25.


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