Take a look at this week’s Charleville Regional Report. It’s got all the big stories from the past week including a comprehensive look into the first lot of councillor candidates as a part of our Next 4 Report.
Murweh Shire Councillor Nominations
Nominations for the local government elections closed on Tuesday, and this week we started to introduce the councillor candidates.
With 16 ocals in the running for the Murweh Shire Council this coming election, it’s one of the largest amounts of candidates this shire has ever seen.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll introduce each of the councillor candidates and look into why they’ve decided to nominate.
First cab off the rank for this report is Madonna Maris, who wants to put our smaller shire communities in the forefront.
“The whole of the shire to be involved, not just Charleville. I think we need to include Morven, Augathella and Cooladdi more and I think the small towns need more incentive,” says Madonna.
For Jacob Barton, one of the younger of candidates, he believes sharing his knowledge of being a young business owner in a regional town can be a benefit to the community.
“I think it’s important that the younger generation take a bit of interest in where the town is going to be in the next 20-30 years. At the end of the day it’s going to be my generation that’s going to be responsible for making sure the town carries on,” he says.
For Karen Tully, shire economic downturn is one of the big issues.
“For me we really need to secure our economic futures. And from that economic bounty our communities will then become greater and be better,” says Karen.
Our last candidate to introduce the week is Jake Sullivan, among other big issues, bringing back local government jobs sits high on the agenda.
“The return of government jobs is a big issue for me. Over the last few years we’ve noticed the jobs just decrease, decrease, decrease in all the public service jobs, and with today’s technology there is no reason why we can’t get the jobs back to the bush,” he says.
Next week we’ll introduce some more council candidates as we count down until the Local Government election on the 19th March.
Morven Phone Reception
Morven residents are fed up and frustrated by the lack of phone reception in town – even though the Telstra phone towers sit just 10km out of town.
This issue is making the running of small businesses very difficult, with a lot of shop owners left constantly frustrated.
We talk to local business owner John Kendall and to MP Bruce Scott on what needs to be done.
Barrel Racing Wrap
Hundreds rocked up for some barrel racing action this weekend as the Outback Barrel Horse Circuit (OBHC) came to town!
The hot summer sun wasn’t enough to determine the toughest of competitors, as they quickly made their way around the barrel circuit for the Charleville 4D competition.
This is the first time the event has made its way to south, giving local riders the opportunity to compete.
“We were really excited about bringing the Outback Barrel Horse Circuit to Charleville and we were worried as to how many nominations we would get because a lot of our competitors are based around Junda and Longreach, but we’ve still got great nominations and a lot of local riders so it’s been fantastic,” says Jaimee-lee Prow, President of the OBHC.
Local competitors faired exceptionally well against the more seasoned riders and Jaimee-lee says there is a big possibility of making this an annual event.
“Our finals are in two weeks in Barcaldine and we usually kick back in next Summer so around end of September, October the series starts all over again,
“So we’d like to have more events this way and get more of the local competitors that we’ve seen this weekend, following our circuit,” she says.
Local rider, Katherine Morgan, worked with the two Presidents of the OBHC to make last weekend possible, with the event bringing a considerable economic injection to town.
Red Heart Campaign
For some people Valentine’s Day isn’t always a joyous occasion, but one Charleville local has set out to change that.
When you think of Valentine’s Day generally you think chocolates, flowers and love. But for some locals, this day can be a reminder of domestic violence.
Last Friday, Donna Enders held a morning tea and story-telling session, in support of the Red Hearts Campaign.
“We only encourage them to talk about their stories if they feel comfortable so Friday was a day where they could come together and talk about their stories or they could write a little message on how their relationship had been going and how they felt on hearts,” says Donna.
Donna has made it her mission to reach out to our young ones and educate them on domestic violence, with a visit to the State School to discuss healthy relationships.
“Because they’re developing into young women and young men, a lot of them will be going into high school next year, they will be getting into relationships, and it makes them aware of what an unhealthy relationship is and some of the signs they can be aware of,” she says.
Work to minimise domestic violence through education programs is ongoing for Donna, and the next big event to look out for will be in March.
Milliners Course comes to town
If it’s one thing our locals are good at, it’s being creative and this weekend it was a hatted affair.
It’s the fifth time Brisbane based milliner, Alison Clark has made her way to Charleville and it seems our local ladies just can’t get enough!
Ten local ladies took park in her millinery course over the weekend, made possible thanks to a grant from the Regional Arts Development Fund.
“So previously we’ve done some subjects that have taken one day each, so we’ve done two topics, this one sort of carried over two days.
“So we’ve done blocking and trims as well, so everyone’s completely blocked a hat and trimmed it, or they’ve finished that and they’ve gone on to a few other extra pieces,” says Alison.
The role of the RADF is to promote the arts and culture in our towns and by bringing people to town, like Alison, it allows our locals to harness new skills.
“The towns have so many race meetings it’s nice, and because you’re remote it’s easier if you can create something yourself.
“And it’s a nice environment for everyone to come together , get together, and do it and if they want to continue their own little workshops they probably could as well,” she says.
The next round of RADF funding closes on the 11th March, and you can download an application form from the Murweh Shire Council website.
‘Get Ready’ music video launch
Charleville’s main street was once again transformed into a vibrant entertainment square, fit with everything from market stalls, an ice cream van and a huge blow up movie screen on Monday night.
Josh Arnold was in town. And with him, the premiere screening, of ‘Get Ready’.
“I’m so pleased with how everything went, especially for a Monday night, massive turnout from everyone in Charleville.
“I was blown away with the support and I think the night went really well and Scotty Mack played awesome and it was so good to hear Josh Arnold perform live.
“And I think the video clip went down really well and everyone received it really well and there was a great round of applause when it was finished,” says Sergeant Kirsty Schmidt one of the organisers of the event.
Close to a hundred of our local faces make an appearance in the music video; all singing safety messages of fire and flood.
“I think Josh has nailed it and I’m still singing get ready after hearing it!” says Kirsty.
“It was really cool made and it was from all different towns and not just Charleville. From places like Quilpie and other places,” says Lizzy, one of the stars of the clip.
“The part where we were all dancing and all of that,” says Jasmin, another star.
The street party wrapped up a very successful collaboration between Charleville Police, Paroo, Murweh, Bulloo and Quilpie Shires and Josh Arnold.
The music video will now be played on Imparja and Youtube and we’ll have a link on our Charleville Plus More Platform.
The Next 4 Report: Meet the first lot of councillors.
In this week’s Next 4 Report we introduce, in depth, the first lot of council candidates.
With 16 local faces in the run for the four councillor positions on the Murweh Shire Council, it’s going to be an interesting race.
And no two councillor candidate are the same, although they all share the vision of hope and pride in their towns, they all have something innovative to bring to the table.