Council makes sure airport upgrade sees value for money
The Murweh Shire Council is wasting no time in getting on with the Multi-million dollar business of the re-development of the Charleville Airport.
After accepting the re-developments overview, Council is now getting down to the hard end of the project- value for money.
Council has called for re-costings to the project and Council will, in the next two weeks will vote again on the appointment of architects and designers.
Mayor Dennis Cook says Councillors and Council Officers are working closely with community and stakeholders to ensure a long term project that delivers for Murweh.
“It’s really exciting and it fits into exactly what we need,” says Mayor Cook.
“We will be consulting with the two airlines, Qantas and REX.
“We will also be talking to travel agents, rent-a-cars and people who use the terminal and it is a structure which will be magnificent,” he says.
The $ 4.2 Million Project is expected to see work commence at the site within the next few months.
Our oldies spoiled for choice
Our entire community jumped on board the senior’s week celebrations, seeing our local oldies spoiled for choice, as they partook in a range of events organised throughout the entire Murweh region.
Kicking off with the Mayors morning tea down at the town hall our young and old chatted away over coffee and cake.
But the festivities didn’t stop there, our seniors lined up and set out to prove that it doesn’t matter what age you are, if you’re a true Charlevillian you’re never too old for a fish, even… if it’s not along the banks of the Warrego.
Groups from Charleville and Morven traveled to Augathella for a fun day held at the local town hall, and the event certainly lived up to its name with many giving it a go at ball games, paper aeroplane making, hours of card games played and some even taking a punt at quoits.
But celebrations aside, Annie Liston, Coordinator at Healthy Ageing, says Seniors week is all about showing our appreciation for the older generation.
“The reason we celebrate Seniors Week is because we want to say thank-you to our Seniors that have put so much into our Shire,” says Ms Liston.
“A lot of these women have been on committees and made sandwiches and cooked cakes for a lot of years and it’s our way of saying thank-you for what you’ve done for us,” she says.
It was truly a fun day in Charleville with a damper and jam drop competition, a walk down Waroona’s memory lane and fishing at the Ward River, all added to the excitement of the week.
Big congratulations must go to all involved in the organisation of the Seniors week celebrations.
The Masters games – kicking along
In just a few short weeks, the Masters Games will be coming to Charleville.
Competitors will be coming from as far as the Lockyer Valley for the Masters Games, which will kick off on the 12th of September.
With a stellar line up of entertainment including ‘My Bush Kitchen rules” and Guinea Pig races, president John Jones says the games are all about giving back to the community.
“One of the things that we are very, very proud of with our committee – we have had some donations yes, but they’ve come forward and gave us a donation,” says John.
“We have not tramped the streets to beg for donations from the business houses, who are having a very, very bad time because of the drought.
“And we’re very, very proud of that, the fact that we did not have to go out and get sponsorship.
“We’ve let some come to us, but we’ve done the work our selves and hopefully the people of Charleville will come and support us,” he says.
A gold coin donation will get you into all of the evening entertainment and John is encouraging everyone to take some time out of their week to support the competitors.
Crime prevention in the spotlight
Police and members from our community are joining forces to revive a well-known crime prevention program here in Murweh.
24 concerned locals joined together to discuss how important it is for Charleville to have an up and running Neighbourhood Watch program.
It was an honest conversation about the issues we face here in Charleville.
Sergeant Andrew Irvine urges locals to keep up to date with the groups happenings.
“We’re trying to get some merchandise to spread the neighbourhood watch name,” says Sergeant Irvine.
“Also a monthly newsletter for people that aren’t on our Charleville Neighbourhood watch Facebook site, we’re going to try and promote that, so we urge everyone to like the Facebook page.
“We’ll put updates on what’s occurring within Charleville from a crime perspective, and also any hints or tips we can give the public to reduce the instances of crime occurring,” he says.
Sergeant Irvine says there are also some important numbers that everyone should have accessible in the event of crime.
“And we’re also going to put the 131 444 Police Link number on our Facebook page and also Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000 for any suspected illegal activity, you can always remain anonymous,” says Sergeant Irvine.
The next Neighbourhood watch meeting will be held at Healthy Aging on the 24th of September at 5pm.
The outbacks quintessential animal back in Murweh
If you’ve travelled along the Milky way recently you might have noticed some furry friends have made their way to town.
The Camels are back, and they’re ready for action here at the Charleville Visitor Information Centre. Jane Morgan, Manager at the Cosmos Centre, says the camels are a fantastic attraction for the town.
“The Camels appeared about three years ago and we had a whole season of them taking people on camel rides,” says Jane.
“Of course camels and the outback are absolutely quintessential outback look so to actually have camels here in Charleville and people could ride them was great,” she says.
The camels are owned by Glenda Sutton and have finished their time on the camel racing circuit. Jane says these camels are placid and full of personality.
“There is one called Chief and he’s just got the most super-silliest look on his face, he’s in charge of the world and we mere humans will do things the way he wants them done.”
“He’s just gorgeous, he’s got this amazing personality you don’t think of camels having personalities, but he’s absolutely in charge,” says Jane.
The camel rides are available now and this is one experience you don’t want to miss.
20 years of rivalry has our seniors fired up
If they didn’t already prove it this week, our seniors are really going to bring home just how active they really are out here in the west, next month.
The long standing outback seniors games will be on again in September, seeing elders come from as far as Toowoomba to take part.
The event has grown so large during its 20 year tenure that CWAATSICH has thrown its support behind it.
Healthy Lifestyles Worker, Barry Mallyer says 20 years of competition drums up a bit of rivalry between towns.
“But it’s all about catching up with friends who you probably haven’t seen in years, so it’s more like a big get together,” says Mr Mallyer.
“But on the day of the competition it’s pretty fierce, so you don’t get in their way,” he says.
CWAATSICH will kick the games off by hosting breakfast and everyone is encouraged to come along to check out all the action.