The past week was huge for the people of our Shire, and you can check it all out in our Charleville Regional Report.
We covered the lot this week including ANZAC Day, the tragic loss of the Morven Pub, the South West Hospital and Health Service Community Forum, the Legends of League weekend and how we can spread awareness of Domestic Violence in our community.
Dont’ miss out! Watch the report below:
Hundreds of people honoured our past and present service men and women on April 25th in Charleville.
Young and old; brought together by the spirit of the ANZAC.
We remembered their Courage. Endurance. Mateship and Sacrifice.
Charleville’s Dawn Service was a breath-taking tribute to not only those who fought in the First World War, but for every war afterward.
A flame burned bright in the darkness, flickering around faces of the diggers and those three words etched in every Aussies mind.
Lest We Forget.
“It’s one day of the year we can get together and show the respect to those who have gone before us and even those who are at present signed up and willing to give their life and have given their lives for Australia so we can keep what we have the way we have it,”says Rob Hickson, ex-serviceman
Close to one thousand people lined Alfred St.
They marched together; on foot, on horse, in cars, wheelchairs; anything to be a part of the 100th year of the ANZAC Day service.
“Irrespective of what war, or what incident of whatever they are from, whether they’ve served over seas or not. There is that camaraderie and spirit between service people. Irrespective if they’re male or female, air force, navy or army,” says Rob.
Murweh has a rich history when it comes to the Worlds wars, and for visiting Vietnam Veteran John and his wife Val, it was the RSL’s recognition of the 22 locals currently serving in the Australian Defence Force that blew them away.
“The wall that has the serving members commemorated, around every corner your beautiful mirrors…never ever seen an active service member wall before so that’s special,” says John and Val.
Its safe to say their 2016 ANZAC day experience is one they’ll never forget.
“Brilliant. The little statues, the statues of the soldiers keeping guard was just special…the thing that hit me was the unbelievable number of names on the Cenotaph of a regional area, that was very sad,” they said.
One of the more unforgettable features of both services, was the glorious sound of the bagpipes, played so well by Peter Murray, originally from Scotland.
“A lot of people get emotional when they hear pipes. In the first world war and other wars, pipers have only gone in into battle with only their pipes, no guns or any weapons,” says Peter.
A lunch was held at the RSL followed by some very competitive games of two-up, competitive – but filled with mateship.
“It’s a very special day because it’s about mates, mateship and people who fought for our beloved homeland,” says Ann Leahy, Member for Warrego.
As the sun set on the 100th ANZAC Day, Murweh did our diggers proud.
Morven Pub Fire
Morven locals awoke to the scene of burnt rubble on Tuesday morning as their only pub was destroyed by flames.
A town with no pub.
A tragic reality that locals in Morven now face.
“At 02:35 hours this morning we were alerted to a structure fire in the main street of Morven. On arrival QLD Fire and Rescue were already here and the main structure of the hotel was well alight and all attention was turned to the residents next door,” says Senior Constable Dave Burns.
If it wasn’t for a quick-thinking passer-by, also a member of his own local fire Brigade, the situation could have been a whole lot worse.
“Initially a passer by travelling through town had tried to contact triple 0 and he pulled up, saw the fire, saw the smoke across the road and a following motorist was able to use Telstra service to notify triple zero and let us know about the fire,” says Snr Cnst. Burns.
The old timber pub could not be saved but the neighbouring home is a true survivor.
Morven local, Chris Leard, has been urged to go and buy a lotto ticket for he’s truly onto a lucky thing.
“That’s two pubs that have burnt down either side of Chris now and his old timber home is still standing so he’s blessed by something anyway….no the firies did a fantastic job keeping that from burning down. So full credit to all the emergency services for the way they handled things last night and saved Chris’ house and contained it when they did,” says John Kendall of the Pick-A-Box Motel.
A country pub is not only the waterhole of any town, the publican not just the pourer of drinks; It’s a place to kick back and relax, to vent your frustrations, to celebrate an occasion.
Without which, Morven will be lost.
Locals hope it will be rebuilt.
“Probably a bit downbeat. A pub is the focal point of any little town and that’s certainly the case with Morven. So I think everyone is fairly upset to lose the local pub and I guess I will anticipate that the feeling is that we hope like hell that it is rebuilt, basically,” says John.
The cause of the fire is currently being investigated by the Charleville Police Criminal Investigation Branch.
Legends of League
League legends were kicking goals both on and off the field over the weekend.
The pockets of our locals ran deep last Friday night at the Legends of League Gala Dinner.
The crowd was warmed up with a comedic performance by the one and only Karen Edwards before getting straight into the auction.
Memorabilia of all sorts was auctioned off by the golden tonsils of Peter Ruckus, with some items reaching well over the thousand dollar mark.
“We had about 195 people attend the night which is fantastic for the community, all the players bar two attended so that was a good night too,” says Troy Byers, event organiser.
The gala dinner was just the lead up to the spectacular event that was the Legends of League.
Two teams came together, Australia vs Charleville and District, for what can only be described as a game of passion…with a little bit of fun on the side.
“Just playing against these international players, that’s great, it’s good that they come out here,” says local legend Craig Coble.
“We went alright, I mean it’s played in good spirit, it’s all for a bit of fun. They just let you run when they want to let you run (laughs)…no it was good fun, she’s alright,” says local legend Mark Wilkes.
“Because it was a time in Charleville when I got to meet special footy players and got to play with them,” says Legend player Jordan Anderson.
The final fundraising amount hasn’t been finalised yet, but local groups are the ones who will benefit from the weekend.
“The community get behind everyone here and that’s the main thing. The winners of the night is the softball, netball and also the P & C,” says Troy.
A huge congratulations must go to the organisers of the event and those who played in the Legends Game.
The entertainment they provided was second to none and it was great to see them walk off the field with no injuries.
As for our kids, there is nothing quiet like it.
“I’ll remember this for the rest of my life,” says Jordan.
Charleville’s walk against Domestic Violence
Charleville, Cunnamulla and St George are uniting together to put an end to Domestic Violence.
There are 50 shirts, 50 hats and 50 pedometers with your name on it Charleville.
Because we’re going to walk to end domestic violence this May.
“Domestic violence is a hidden agenda, its about getting domestic violence out there more because it’s about speaking up about domestic violence and don’t be embarrassed or ashamed that that’s happening in your relationship. It’s about trying to get support for your relationship because every relationship isn’t always rosy,” says Donna Enders.
Donna Enders has been working tirelessly to raise awareness of Domestic Violence in our community.
The idea behind the walk is to promote happiness and healthiness in domestic violence victims, offenders and family and friends.
“Domestic violence is an issue in Charleville, in each community there is the same issues, but it’s just how we work together and try and support victims of domestic violence and also perpetrators because we need to put support out there for the perpetrators as well so they’re entitled to come and do this walk as well,” says Donna.
To get involved just contact Donna on 46 54 38 15
Come on Charleville, let’s get our walking shoes on, grab a friend, family member or work colleague and let’s spread the word on domestic violence, it happens: Not Now, Not Ever.
South West Hospital and Health Service Community Forum
Furthering community health is in the best interest for everyone.
Just what will our community look like in ten years? And how can we prepare for the needs of those of those to come?
50 concerned locals, from all sectors of the community, got to the crux of those very issues in a community forum on Wednesday morning.
Stuart Gordon, CEO of the Western Queensland Primary Health Network says forward planning is key.
“Today is an opportunity to reflect on what are going to be the needs of Charleville now and into the future and how well aligned are our current systems and services to meet those needs and requirements,” says Stuart.
Community input was key in identifying our local health issues, treatments and limitation.
“If you’re not having a conversation with consumers and community…at the end of the day they’re our raw materials – the people, human beings, so it’s essential we listen to what they have to tell us,” says Stuart.
A concern from many present was the integration between health networks and a need for greater ease of access
“When you drive out to places like Charleville, and you’re living and rearing a family here it needs to be a connected up service so that they shouldn’t have to hop around to different places to see people,” says Stuart.
The information collated from today will play an active role in preparing the 10 year plan.