COMMITTED: Josie McConvillie has volunteered at Kumbia Race Club for many years.
COMMITTED: Josie McConvillie has volunteered at Kumbia Race Club for many years. Claudia Williams

Race club stalwart dines with dignitaries

IF YOU have been served food at Kumbia Race Club there is a chance you will have encountered Josie McConville, who has helped with catering at the club since the 1970s.

This year Mrs McConville will celebrate her 90th birthday and so will the Kumbia Race Club.

At the annual race meet on Tuesday, it was Mrs McConville who dined in the catering room with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, following her promise of funding for country racing.

When Mrs McConville started at the club, Kumbia hosted seven races a year.

"The biggest change is our lack of race meetings and that happened gradually,” she said.

"We used to have seven races a year and now we have one, Melbourne Cup Day, and we are hanging onto it.”

It is the racing and the community spirit it brings that Mrs McConville enjoys.

"I'm usually among the food and I always like to have a bet on the Melbourne Cup but I didn't do any good today,” she said.