The bid for a bore to help keep Yarrie Lake from running dry got a huge financial boost at the Narrabri RSL Club on Saturday night.
While the final tally is yet to be counted up, organisers expect it will be close to $30,000 that was raised at a sold-out fundraising auction.
More than 200 people attended the fundraiser, with as many again unable to get a ticket, in what was a massive show of support for the project.
The Yarrie Lake Bore Working Group, born out of the Yarrie Lake Flora and Fauna Trust and the Collins Park Lighting Committee, wants to drill a test bore to see if there is enough water, at either artesian or pumpable depth, to enable the lake to be kept continuously open for boaties.
An artesian supply could also possibly lead to a bore bath, with the tourism potential seemingly endless.
The working group is looking to raise about $60,000 before trying to tap into local or state government funding, and as of yesterday, that target was less than $10,000 away.
Spokesman Lester Kelly said the group had got to $51,000 as counting continued yesterday, but that could rise to $55,000 before the end of the week.
Before Saturday night, the group had raised about $25,000.
While the auction was the focal point, with more than 40 items ranging from a chainsaw to beauty vouchers all fetching over-the-odds prices as auctioneer Rob Gilbert kept everyone entertained and digging deeper into their wallets, there were some other significant boosts to the kitty.
Two boats donated by Kaputar Motors were sold for $5000, and there were private donations of $2000 and two of $1000.
Liz Panton and Jason Anderson then announced the Yarrie Lake Aquatic Club would donate $6181.61 plus interest due next month to the cause, the result of the club’s own fundraising efforts. A monster raffle with 12,000 $2 tickets will be drawn at the Narrabri Chamber of Commerce Christmas Carnival on December 14.
Mr Kelly said the night was “terrific”.
“It exceeded all expectations,” he said. “The generosity of the community was amazing.”