Long-awaited Charleville hospital upgrade concludes
It’s been a long time coming, and highly anticipated by local residents. The two year, $8.69 million rectification works program at the Charleville Hospital is finally coming to an end, and hospital staff are eager to start calling it business as usual.
If you’ve checked into the Charleville hospital over the past two you years it wouldn’t be unusual that you might have been redirected to Roma, Brisbane or Toowoomba due to the works. But this week the hospital is back at full functionality.
Meryl Brumpton from the South West Hospital and Health service says the upgrades will benefit the patients immensely.
“We now have two bays in the emergency area, we’ve got better flow through of patients, at night time when patients come into the building now there’s a nice foyer they go into their directed straight up the lift and they can go straight up to the nurses’ desk in triage,” says Meryl.
“Whereas before it was a bit hard to find out where you had to go, often patients had to walk around trying to find the staff in the hospital. So it has made it a lot better for them after hours in particular,” she says.
The main general ward, along with the maternity unit has already moved back to the upper floor of the hospital and later this year further upgrades will be undertaken to improve bathroom facilities from the hospitals owns internal funding.
Primary producers learn about predator control
Last week Charleville hosted an event that aimed to help local producers manage pests on their properties.
Primary producers from all around southwest QLD met here in Charleville for the Predator Control Field Day.
Ian McLean, Director at Bush Agribusiness, says the event was an opportunity for farmers to learn new methods of predator control.
“I thought it was good how they had three producers up earlier on, and the one with the Donkeys, talking about their fences and what
they’ve done because that’s the big thing particularly when people are sitting down and looking at options, there are a lot of unknowns there,” Ian says.
“So hearing what other people have done, what it’s cost them, what worked for them, what didn’t work for them, and the mistakes they’ve made,
I think that’s invaluable information for people to use to be able to work out what might work for them, what might not work, for their situation,” he says.
A lot of what was discussed by the speakers throughout the day will be taken back to the property and used.
The day was a huge success and was an opportunity for primary producers to get together to discuss similar concerns.
Regional Queenslanders converge at the ekka
It’s something the Charleville show society works towards all year. The Royal Queensland exhibition and it’s on once again.
Bringing visitors from all across Queensland and Australia to the heart of Brisbane. And, Jess Demichelis was there to check out all of the action.
The 2015 exhibition has brought with it a variety of talent, culture, produce, fun and entertainment.
It’s the 138th time the city and the country have been united – and this year, our regions need the support more than ever.
It’s here at the show, that farmers can let their hair down and tell city folk all about the bush.
This week Regional Queensland has got Brisbaneites championing the fact that in our backyard, our farmers are producing the world’s best, year in and year out. And it’s at pavilions like these, that the Southeast corner can rally behind our famers, and recognise that everything starts with agriculture.
From vegetable growing to show jumping to prime beef sales, there have already been plenty of victories around the showgrounds. So if you’re bringing home a prize to Goondiwindi, let plus more show it off. Give us a ring and show us your sash!
The Charleville Police promote exciting developments
Keeping our community safe is their aim, and now Charleville Police have been given training in road side drug testing.
Police are warning drug-drivers around Charleville to be wary because roadside drug testing can now happen anywhere…anytime.
“Firstly, driving with a prescribed drug in your system is extremely dangerous, if you take drugs in a normal sense it’s dangerous, but getting behind the wheel of a 1600 kilo weapon is extremely dangerous, and you’re risking your own life and those lives of the people around you,” says Senior Constable Adrian Reick.
“I just wanted to get to the public from a safety perspective, we have this technology now and we will be using it.
“It will let us hit people anywhere, anytime and it’s 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“We will be intercepting people and testing them to see if they are under the influence of drugs. And by that, it’s not the same as random breath testing where we’ll pull over every single person that we see…
“Police have a methodology in the way that we do our things, and we may be targeting drivers or we may be doing certain activities that come within the gambit of what we do,” he says.
This new technology now means local police officers can drug test motorists on the spot, which will lead to a safer community.
Putting a face to the Murweh Shire Youth Council
There was an enthusiastic turnout at last weeks Murweh Shire Youth Council meeting.
At the conclusion of the meeting, members decided on a fundraising concert to be held at the next Sunday markets.
Ideas for holiday activities were discussed with fellow classmates and brought to the table, with a hike followed by a picnic being one of the popular activities.
We heard from some of the members who told us why they became members of the Youth Council.
I joined the youth council so I can help the community with things and make it better and stop bad things from happening – Archie MacDonald
To help my fellow community members and youth council and to also stop some of the violence and noise complaints – Isaac Everitt
So I can have a say in the community and make the community a better place for people to live – Thando Mpofu
I joined the youth council to get more opportunities on the holidays so kids don’t get bored and for more fundraisers in the community- Jack Schulz
RFDS welcomes new members
They are often the first point of call for many of us in need, and this week, our regions vital Royal Flying Doctor Service has welcomed its newest members.
The RFDS has held its first staff training day via a tele-hook up.
Base manager Kate McGowan says they’ve brought on more staff to help cope with a growing demand for the service.
“I think our services are always in demand and always increasing,” says Kate.
“And certainly over at the Charleville Health Clinic, business is booming over there now that we’ve got two permanent doctors there and some days we have three doctors there and of course we have specialists coming into visit for a day or two,” she says.
Kate says, the new staff will be working at both RFDS sites. Extra bodies means some more relief for our central team.
“Because in Charleville we have the RFDS health clinic, and then we also have the base here, so we’re actually working together, Tessa and I, to have a staff get a bit of variety and be able to back up when somebodies away or can’t come in for a day or whatever,” she says.
Kate, reminds residents that best way we can support the RFDS is by using our local service, and helping out with fundraising efforts.