Dangerous main streets plague council
In light of recent accidents in the centre of town, road safety has become the key focus of the Murweh shire council.
Following the recent council meeting, Mayor Denis Cook has assured residents that council will now be working on a plan to prevent further accidents from taking place on our streets.
Putting a pedestrian crossing in place was one of the options discussed by council, but Mayor Cook also says more signage and means to slow traffic down is needed.
“So what we’re putting in is rubberises speed bumps that actually stop the cars, slow the cars down,” says Mayor Cook.
“We’re putting in islands and we’re putting in, in the middle of the road there will be what they call pedestrian refuges,” says Mayor Cook.
If you have any ideas on how to make our main street safer, please join in on the discussion. Keep an eye out for our Facebook discussion this week.
Tertiary education sort after by Charleville students
Charleville continues along the 2014 national trend, in which, high numbers of student enrolments for higher education, are being recorded.
Tertiary Education student enrolments across the state have increased and here in Charleville some year 12 students will be pursuing a tertiary education but High School Principal Marcus Jones says there are lots of other options out there for students.
“It depends on individual students and obviously the career path that they want to choose,” says Marcus.
“We have a lot of processes in the school to help students make sure that they’re choosing the right career path for what they want.
“And at the moment we’ve got some students obviously gearing towards tertiary institutions, we’ve got other students gearing towards the traditional apprenticeships, trades, but we’ve also got some other students that are involved in vocational education qualifications as well,” Marcus says.
Charleville State High provide a range of programs to help prepare the kids for their chosen career paths, and Marcus says access to tertiary education doesn’t necessarily mean leaving Charleville.
“I was at a University just recently and they happened to inform me that 70 per cent of their students are actually online, so distance is no longer a barrier to tertiary education.”
New technology is helping to bridge the gap between country and city students, and no doubt we can expect great things from our local graduates.
Seniors week is underway
It’s Seniors Week and it’s time to celebrate the lives of our senior citizens. And Charleville certainly kicked it off in style, with 110 people attending the Mayors Morning tea down at the Town Hall.
Delicious food, music and great conversation set the tone for the remainder of the week, with Healthy Ageing Coordinator, Annie Liston, saying Charleville has a jam packed event calendar.
“On Friday we have a fun day over at Senior Citizens, so they participate there,” says Ms Liston.
“They have teams of four and we do Coyts, Big Bobs, Basketball and a fishing game.
“And then we’ll have a BBQ lunch, and we get the wonderful team from the high school, we had about 8 children down there today (Tuesday) to help us, and its so lovely to see them interacting with the old people and looking after them and making them tea and coffee.
“Next Tuesday we’ll go to the Ward and have a fishing day, we’ve got about 30 odd coming to that day. If they can’t get down to the river that’s ok, we set tables and chairs up and they sit on the bank and its just a nice relaxing day.
“And then next Wednesday is our final down and its our nosh up. It’s our luncheon at the RSL and I think I’ve got about 102 booked in for that,” says Ms Liston.
Seniors Week is an opportunity to recognise our senior citizens and thank them for the life and stories they bring to the community.
Neighbourhood watch – how you can do your bit
There are some new crime fighters in town – and it could be your neighbour.
Working together to keep our town safe is the aim of Charleville Neighbourhood watch, which will officially be kicking off this week. Senior Sergeant, Adrian Rieck says everyone is welcome to come and learn more about this initiative.
“So Sergeant Irvine has got together with some members of the public and this Thurday, on the 20th of August, they’re going to have the inaugural neighbourhood watch meeting here in Charleville which is great,” says Snr Sgt Rieck.
“This meeting is more of an information session for anyone that is interested to go along.
“It will be held at the Neighbourhood centre at 112 Alfred Street at 3pm, and if you’re interested in being in Neighbourhood watch, come along to the meeting.
“There will be some information there for you. You’ll be able to know what Neighbourhood watch is actually all about, what you’ll be required to do, how you run it.
“And then you’ll be able to see whether you’re interested or not. And as that rolls on, we’ll see how it turns out,” says Snr Sgt Rieck.
The initiative is all about local people working with the local police to solve a range of issues that directly affect the community. Senior Sergeant Rieck says community input is vital for this to work.
“They form a committee, they make decisions, they raise funds, for things that are perdent to their needs.
“And what we really like about it, is that its community members working for their own community and as police, we support them, we provide them information and lectures, and what support they may need.
“The best part of it is that it allows us to build a relationship with the community, at a level that they deem appropriate.
If being a part of Neighbourhood watch interests you, don’t forget to come to the information session.
Local rodeo star shines
Would you ever find yourself riding a horse bareback and bucking it out in the big yards?
It’s not for the faint hearted, but Billy Blacker has been having great success on the bareback horse rodeo circuit, coming away with fantastic results at recent rodeos.
“I won Tambo and I won Stonehenge as well. At Stonehenge I had a pretty good horse, I got 80 points on it,” says Billy.
His recent success just ads to the titles he gained last year, being named Junior Australian Champion one of his greatest achievements.
“Well last year I won the Junior Australian Champion and this year for the NRA I won the rookie title, and then I won the Western titles – that’s what I got at Stonehenge.”
“And I’m sitting third in the QRA I think, or maybe second,” he says.
Billy is humble about his winnings and even has competing against riders much older then him to ad to his list of achievements
“He was picked to ride Juvenile at the National finals as well as the opens I’ve never heard of any other Juvenile to do that,” says Billy.
Billy has big dreams, and hopes to be competing at the Calgary Stampede next year and the Charleville community will stand behind him and cheer on our Bareback Horse rodeo star.
A new playground surface is laid
Our local council has put its money where its mouth is, proving they are all about the safety of our young ones.
Gone are the days of getting woodchips stuck in your shoe, Council have listened to concerned Charleville parents and have replaced the woodchips here at King Edward park with a safety surface made from rubber
Parents were concerned about the hygiene and safety of the woodchips. The new surface – which is coloured emerald and blue – is not only nice on the eye, but will be safer for the kids to play on.
The swings have also had some work done to them, and the park is now open and ready for action.