SERVICE RECOGNISED: Gary Reardon, Des Obst, and past State of Origin player Chris Close.
SERVICE RECOGNISED: Gary Reardon, Des Obst, and past State of Origin player Chris Close. Brooke Duncan

Life member celebrated at bowls carnival

CHINCHILLA Bowls Club has recognised one of its own on the weekend, during one of its biggest events of the year.

Life member Des Obst, who has been involved with the club since 1977, was completely surprised when the weekend competitors gathered to unveil a new sign.

The sign named the green he stood on - the green he's spent decades tending - after him.

"It's a bit of a shock actually, I didn't expect it, probably didn't deserve it,” Mr Obst said.

"I had no idea, not the slightest clue.

"You just do these things for clubs, these sort of things never enter into your head.”

Club chairman Jim Donnelly said fellow member Gary Reardon thought of the idea and the entire board loved it.

"Everyone was just like 'absolutely why didn't we think of this before' and it's been a bit of a mission to keep it a secret because we really wanted it to be a surprise for him,” Mr Donnelly said.

"It took several months to put it together... it was priceless to see his reaction actually.”

Mr Donnelly said too often people were only recognised after they'd passed away and it was important to ensure Mr Obst knew how much he was respected.

"I just wanted him to see that his lifetime of work was appreciated and he needed to know about it while he's around,” he said.

"He's just given so much to it.

"These are the best greens in the district and we're pretty proud of that, and it's cause of him.

"I just thank him, I can't thank him enough for what he's done.”


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