Travel three hours west from Toowoomba on the Warrego Highway and you’ll come to the small rural town of Dulacca. Around 200 people live in town, or locally on grazing and farming properties. The Hughes family reside about 14kms to the south.
First came the railway in 1879 and then the town; originally spelt 'Doolackah', the name was derived from an Aboriginal word meaning 'emu tracks', hence the town signage.
Dulacca was the site of the first efforts to eradicate the invasive prickly pear cactus, which by the 1920’s covered millions of acres of Queensland and New South Wales. The fight to eradicate the prickly pear was spurred on by the Government's offer of additional land to whoever could ‘restore their land to its original state’.
Dulacca’s Park and Cenotaph are next to the Pioneers’ Memorial Hall which has a Community Postal Agency, with an Outpost Cluster System of boxes opened in 2011, the first of its kind in Queensland! The town's hotel, known locally as the ‘Pink Pub’ dates back to 1908, with the State School opening in 1909. There’s a Police Station, Truckstop, and a Sports Ground where camp drafts and community sporting events are held. A large Wind Farm has entered the skyline as well.
However, the very best thing about Dulacca and the local area are the people and the community. The Dulacca Sports Club recently made an extremely generous donation to the Lachlan Hughes Foundation. These funds will help support participants in the Foundation’s Program which aims to train young people to use regenerative agricultural thinking and practices to ‘restore their land to its original state’. Notice any common thread to the prickly pear days?
Thank you Dulacca Sports Club and all the members and supporters.
Sports Club President Matt Millar and Vice President Shayne Harrison presenting Philip Hughes and William (Lachlan & Anna's eldest son) with the donation cheque.