Bush Council conference puts the South west in the spotlight
With over 150 people in attendance including state Ministerial representation, the bush council’s convention certainly brought many of the issues plaguing Queensland’s southwest into light.
Managing the environment and the eradication of feral animals and pests are just some of the issues discussed by rural and regional Councils when they met in St George.
Charleville’s wild dog issue came under the spot light, with many councils interested in the strives our pilot program has made.
“We’ve got four businesses in town that can actually sell the S7 bates for dingos, like 10- 80. So they’ll evaluate that in December and depending on how it’s gone in Charleville, they’ll roll it out to other shires,” says Ms Liston.
Our regions stock routes were also up for discussion with funds raised out of stock routes now going back to council.
And some good news for our regions heavy vehicle drivers with funding being made available to fix the road from Roma to Charleville, cutting out the detour through Augathella & the sale yard grids in Roma are also set to widen.
The event has been dubbed by Ms Liston as a success, and the Murweh Shire Council is hoping that a future Bush Convention will be held here in Charleville.
Youth Council takes an arts approach
Making school holidays more eventful and putting more focus on the arts are just some of things that were discussed in the Murweh Shire Youth Council’s second meeting.
A brain storming session saw our youth map out the issues our young people face and record solutions. The King Edward skate park is high on the their agenda, and the group aims to support the
Cultural Centre’s proposal for a grant to place Mosaic Art Pieces around the skate park and other areas around town.
Miriam Airey, Project manager of the HOPE project says impressed with the youth councils enthusiasm.
“I love the fact that there’s sort of some teenagers, some older kids, mixing with the younger ones,” says Miriam.
“They don’t seem to worry about that at all, and I don’t know if city kids would be so inclusive, so I think that’s really lovely.
“And I guess it’s a testament to the community mindedness of this town, so yes, it’s very impressive,” she says.
They group meets regularly and youth from the ages of 12 – 25 are all encouraged to get involved.
Rural fire service welcomes its newest member
Its bright yellow, has flashing lights and a loud siren. You guessed it, it’s a brand new Rural Fire Brigade truck, and it was officially handed over last Saturday.
The Charleville rural fire service all met early on Saturday morning for a lesson on how the truck operates, then headed off to get acquainted with their newest member.
First Officer, Nicholas Swadling says the new truck will change the way the crew approaches firefighting.
“This is a six seater whereas the other truck was only a three seater, so we can take a relief crew with us,” Nick says.
“And it’s got an added capacity for water carrying and the pumps are top class, high-pressure pumps so the capacity that we can use with this truck is a lot greater then the old truck,” says Nick.
Having made the tremendous achievement of raising $11,000.00 to buy the old truck, to have a new $180,000.00 truck donated has certainly been appreciated by all of the rural firies.
A new truck means a new era for the rural service, one that is equipped with new technology to ensure the safety of our local volunteers
Mega Fun had by anglers and anglerettes
Charleville’s anglers and anglerettes turned out to the Mega Family Fun Day over the weekend. Mega fun was promised, and mega fun was had by all of those who attended…
President of the Fishing and Restocking club, Allen McKenna, says events like this are really important, to help support the club.
Although the numbers were lower than expected, those that did attend got stuck into the activities provided.
Allen McKenna says fundraising days are held to help keep the fishing club afloat.
“To have days like this, it’s really important to start restocking the yellow-belly in the river because of the long dry period, and a lot of the fish start breeding and eating at the moment,” says Allen.
“People are catching them all the time they’re going to be going out – and people don’t like going fishing if they can’t go and catch a fish,” he says.
With up coming events like the Carp Buster just around the corner and the restocking program an annual event, they’re all helping towards a healthier river system – but the costs are high for the club.
“They’re 55 cents a fingerling and we released 40,000 this year so it costs a fair bit,” says Allen.
With the costs involved with restocking, support from the local community is greatly appreciated. And, everyone is welcome to join the club, as long as you love a good fish
Locals getting their safety skills up to scratch
Do you know what to do if someone stops breathing? Or, what to do if you encounter an unexpected fire? Many of us don’t. But here in Charleville we’re addressing that.
Roma Firefighting Equipment Instructor Brian O’Rourke, spent time upskilling participants across a range of safety training courses in CPR, First Aid and Fire Safety.
He says you never know when you’re going to have to step up and potentially save someone’s life.
“It’s basic common sense,” says Brian.
“Because every one of us has family and friends we care about and love.
“Everyone is going to get hurt some stage of the game, and if you do your first aid you are in a position to help them, and save that persons life – worst case scenario,” he says.
Not to be taken lightly, the fire safety training was also a critical component; Mr. O’Rourke says all those working closely within the community should know how to respond in an emergency.
“A lot of it people don’t realise the importance of it, particularly simple things like CPR. So you can never start too early with it,” he says.
It’s safe to say, a lot of us probably need to update our CPR, First Aid and Fire Safety skills.
Brian urges anyone not up to date with these skills to get in contact with Roma Firefighting Equipment.