Some exciting things happened around our region this week, so check it out in our Charleville Regional Report below!
We were there for the Showgirl Dinner, we speak to the new Wild Dog Fencing Commissioner, we checked out the the craft school…plus so much more!
Showgirl Presentation Dinner
After months of hard work, preparation and fundraising, Charleville was finally introduced to their Junior and Senior Miss Showgirl.
Last Saturday night five Showgirl entrants eagerly awaited the results of their final judging.
But no matter the result, each and every one of them had a reason to be proud.
Despite entrant numbers being down this year, the showgirls collectively raised nearly $10,000.
But in the end there had to be a winner; Alice Sewell took out the Junior Miss Showgirl Category, ahead of Claudia Kelly and Mickaela Walker.
“It feels really good, this is my first time ever doing something like this, something a little bit different then what I’m used to. I’m usually the tomboy sort of girl,” says Alice.
Claudia Kelly was awarded both Miss Community and Miss Charity and Mickaela Walker took out the Runner- Up title.
For Alice, says she loved sharing her passion for agriculture with the other contestants.
“Agriculture has always been a big aspect of my life unless you don’t know me, I love goats. So it’s really good to bring my aspect because that’s what I believe that’s what the show is all about.
“It’s a agricultural show so hopefully I can encourage girls from distance ed or girls just from the bush to come out and have a go,” she says.
The Senior Miss Showgirl title was hotly contested between Lisa McKenna and Teri Sommerfield, who both displayed confidence and decorum in their public speaking tasks during the dinner.
However, the close race saw Teri take out the title as Senior Miss Showgirl for 2016.
“Very exciting, and a little bit daunting because now I’ve just realised I have to go away and do it all over again,” says Teri.
Lisa was awarded both the Runner Up title and Miss Charity for her impressive contribution, just under $3000, to the total fundraising figure.
Teri, who also has a background in agriculture, says the lifelong skills she’s been taught are a huge benefit.
“From start to finish, being able to watch everybody grow and develop their skills and all of the help that we’ve been given so the public speaking coaching we got from Geoff Parry has been amazing and seeing the girls progress from not wanting to get up and talk in front of 5 people to being able to get up in a room full of 50 and speak it’s been a really amazing journey,” she says.
Our Miss Showgirl for 2016 has a busy schedule ahead, with the Charleville Show just over a week away and from there she’s on to Taroom for the Regional Titles.
Well done to all of the girls, you did the Murweh Shire Proud.
Wild Dog Fencing Commissioners
The Labor government have announced an extra $5 million dollars towards wild dog fencing.
The future of Western Queensland’s sheep industry has just received another monetary boost.
Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk made the funding announcement last weekend in Barcaldine, as well as appointing South West NRM’s Mark O’Brien and former LNP member Vaughan Johnson as joint Wild Dog Fencing Commissioners.
“To just make sure that it is delivered effectively and efficiently.
“There’s no suggestion it hasn’t been in the past, but we’re talking about a fair bit of money now that’s been rolled through this process and because the concept of these cluster fences were conceived and incubated here at South West NRM,” says Mark O’Brien.
This small, yet significant injection, takes the Labor governments contribution to the war on wild dogs to a total of $9 million.
Mr O’Brien says in having two Commissioners, the focus is on Western Queensland as a whole.
“I think it was very wise to grab somebody from the central region, particularly a bloke like Vaughan with his experience and somebody from in the south to work together.
“Our riding instructions initially have been, this isn’t about the north and the south, it’s about the whole industry and western Queensland and how we’re going to reboot this,” he says.
Mr O’Brien is now looking towards the Federal government to match, or double, the state government funding.
In the meantime, information will continue to be collated from the 7 trial clusters currently running in the South West.
Project WASTID is ending their year long campaign against drugs and alcohol with the opening of some equipment this weekend.
Come Saturday afternoon, the Graham Andrews Park will be a hive of activity with the official unveiling of ‘Park Golf’.
This permanent structure is all thanks to Project WASTID, who wanted to create another avenue of entertainment for all age groups.
“It is called Park Golf, it’s a little bit like golf. So there are nine baskets and the idea is that you tee off with a frisbee, so no golf clubs or balls, it’s Frisbees and it’s how many times you throw it to get it into the basket.
“So come along on Saturday, we will show you how to play.
“You can play it on your own, with a team, with your family, with your mates – whoever you want to have a game with,” says Senior Constable Grayson.
The “Park Golf” equipment and family fun evening could very well be the last for Project WASTID, with their initial funding package coming to an end in July.
Although Senior Constable Sarah Grayson hopes to see more funding, because the project has been so well received by the community.
“We’ve had a great response from the community members who have come and engaged in the activities that we’ve put on.
“And we’ve tried to do a number of different things that would cater for the varying and different interests,” she says.
The Park Golf afternoon kicks off here at the Graham Andrews Park from 3pm until late.
There is going to be plenty to do, including market stalls, a free BBQ and special guest, comedic bush poet Greg North – someone you don’t want to miss!
The South West Craft School took place at the cultural centre over the weekend.
Do you own a hand made glass bowl?
Have you ever thought about the process that went into its creation?
Well any of the ladies who participated in the craft school over the weekend will be able to tell you that it’s not as easy as you would think!
Instructed by Alison Shaw of Tambo, the art of melding and annealing glass took place in a two-day school.
“You’ve got to learn your cutting skills first, then they’ve got to get their head around the fact that you’ve got to have two layers so you’ve got to cut two layers.
“Then they’ve got to learn about managing the kiln to then get the product finished,” says Alison.
The process of creating these beautiful glass works was a very time consuming one.
With a few kiln teething problems, the glass works school turned into a school of patience.
But, the end result was worth it.
“It’s an inexact science, I think, your firing. So that’s all part of the fun and the creativity and even when you can’t cut the glass very well you can still make something because they all end of unique and one off creations,” says Alison.
Glass work was just one of the schools provided through the Regional Arts Development Fund.
Locals also had a crack at quilt making.
Award Winning Quilter, Jenny Cameron, came out to tutor the ladies in a unique form of quilting using an unusually shaped ruler.
“The ruler that we’re using today to construct the blocks, is a traditional ruler, but we’re not using it in a traditional way.
“We’re trying to think about how to approach making the quilt in a different way to what we would traditionally do and that’s what we’re learning this weekend,” says Jenny.
But our local ladies tackled the tricky ruler like pro’s – creating some beautiful and very individual, quilt work.
“We’ve all chosen different fabrics. We’ve talked about how the quilt is constructed and how we’re going to finish it in the end as well,” she says.
It was great to see visiting instructors utilising the brand new cultural centre rooms and spreading their craft knowledge.
Mulga Awards 2016
The inaugural South West NRM Mulga Awards are open, and Louise Cadell found out why we should nominate.
There are lots of people out there working towards a more sustainable future, not only in the agriculture, but in all aspects of our community.
And now South West NRM wants to recognise those who sometimes fly under the radar but definitely have something worthy of sharing.
“People are doing it a bit tough with the drought and all kinds of challenges. But we’ve got projects happening all over the region, people doing all kinds of good work.
“And we know that there are people out there in the community supporting people who are working on the land so we wanted to say here’s a chance to nominate someone or nominate yourself,” says Mary-Anne Healy, CEO of South West NRM.
There are 6 categories to nominate in including:
- Support Services
- NRM Innovation
- Sustainable Grazing
- Community Leader
- NRM Tourism
The categories cover a range of areas because Natural Resource Management is so diverse in the South West.
“People are putting in all kinds of practices now so this is one way to see who’s doing what, to recognise that.
“But also to build on that, so people can see the sort of work we work we fund or the sort of work that’s going on in the region and talk to us about how they might get involved in the future,”says Mary-Anne.
Nominations of individuals, groups, schools or organisations can come from any of the four South West NRM catchment areas.
To nominate you can either contact the South West NRM office of head to their website.
Early Learning Centre Open Day
The Charleville Early Learning Centre changed hands in recent months. Their recent open day was all about showcasing the new and improved service.
The Charleville Early Learning Centre is literally a child’s playground.
There is everything a child under 5 could ever imagine – yes we’re even talking resident chooks!
Since it’s change of hands to Uniting Care Community, the centre has had some major and positive, upgrades.
“In September last year we were taken over by Uniting care community, they took over the management of the centre.
“So since they’ve taken over we’ve acquired a new bus and an $80,000 playground, so basically we wanted to show the community our new playground and say that they centre has gone through major changes,”says Nicole Rieck, Director.
Accompanying the new bus and new playground they also have new staff and in the coming months they’ll be seeing an upgrade to their bathroom, flooring and air-conditioning.
Now all they need are some new students!
“It was really funny because one lady, she’s a grandmother, and her grandchildren came here and her children came here so she even noticed the big change and she remembered things from way back when.
“And it’s always been known as the child care centre over the railway line but we find when new people come they don’t even know it’s the child care centre over the railway line so they always have trouble finding it and when they find it they can’t believe how big it is,” says Nicole.
Parents are kids who came along to the open day had tours of the four rooms, one for babies, one for toddlers, one for the pre-preppies and an after school care room.