Inverell ute muster manager driven out

INVERELL Ute Muster event manager Abby Henley said she was made a scapegoat and sacked after the muster failed  to attract as many people as hoped for.

Ms Henley said the morning after the muster, on Sunday, December 2, the Inverell Show Society met and the other members held her to blame.

“Everyone I worked with was great until Sunday morning when they turned on me,” she said.

Organisers of the muster catered for many more than the estimated 500 people who turned up, and it is understood the show society lost money on the event, but no figure is available.

Ms Henley said she had done everything she possibly could to encourage people to attend and make it the success she’d wanted it to be.

“You can see the amount of work I’ve done to make people turn up and I couldn’t have done anymore,” she said.

She also said she was now worried people would take the ideas she had come up with and do the ute muster without her in the future. 

Ms Henley said she’d like to organise another muster in Inverell for next year.

“I’m going to start working on it in January and am looking for major sponsors because I would love to see it run in Inverell,” she said.

“I’ve gotten this far and from the amount of support I’ve had behind me, everyone is really, really supportive. I was quite willing to go to the city to propose to all these companies to find big sponsors and big backers, but he (show society president Graham McKenzie) wanted me out to the way.

Mr McKenzie said he would not be making any comment as yet.

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