Here is your Charleville Regional Report for the first week of February.
It’s been in the planning stages for a while now, but now the time has come.
There’s soon to be a new state of the art terminal right here in Charleville…but we’re not forgetting where we’ve come from.
“Everyone came up with the idea that why not leave the old one where it is because we’re making it a museum, why not leave it there.
“And the other one fits in perfectly so we’ll just leave it there. We don’t have to disturb the lawns, they’re there and they’re fine.
“And the old terminals there, and the new one will be right beside it,” says Mayor Denis Cook.
The contract to build the new 2.1 million dollar terminal was between two companies, but in the end it was awarded to G and K Lawson and for a very good reason.
“The reason they got the contract is because they’re going to use local contractors.
“Local electricians for example, local plumbers and buy some material locally,” he says.
Electrical work has already begun but we can expect to see a lot more action happening in the coming months including the laying of new tarmac to take larger planes.
Charleville Show Girls
Nominations for Charleville Show Girl are well and truly open and girls aged between 12 and 28 are urged to enter.
There are two categories, junior and senior showgirls, and it is a great opportunity for local girls to get involved with the show.
“It promotes the show and it gets youth involved with the show and it gives the youth a bit of a way to let everyone know what direction they want the show to go in.
“And they just meet people and become involved,” says Sue Collins, Senior Show Girl Coordinator
Being a show girls isn’t just about the glitz and glam, the girls will be taught a range of skills, including learning about government.
“We do little workshops with the girls. We do public speaking, wardrobe manners and etiquette and also we get someone to speak to them a little bit about our area and local government right through to federal government,” she says.
The girls will gain knowledge and skills, make friends and become involved with their community.
So if you want to get involved in the Show Girl competition then all you have to do is contact the Charleville Show Committee.
‘Get Ready’ Music Video
It’s not often you see a party of more than 100 people outside the Post Office… but that is exactly what happened yesterday morning.
Small Town Culture was in town, and it’s not the first time Josh Arnold has got our community involved.
“I’ve been working in schools and communities doing this type of thing for six years now and it’s just grown and grown and become bigger and better.
“And this Get Ready project is a bit of a first, we’re combining four towns, and four Shire Councils, four communities and all of these different schools into the one project and one video clip has been fantastic,” says Josh.
Locals had a ball being a part of the production…but its not all fun and games.
Josh says while its entertaining, there’s a serious message behind it.
“So “Get Ready” is about being prepared for Fire and Flood, basically, disaster.
“Rivers on the rise, and keeping your yard clean and areas clean for fire prevention and a bit about the SES and Red Cross. So we try to get all those messages in, if not in the lyrics, then visually,” he says.
The weather was scorching…but that didn’t stop our local superstars.
Josh says he was impressed with the energy of the kids and they’ll get to see themselves in the ‘Get Ready’clip on YouTube and Imparja in the weeks to come.
Charleville Think Fest
The halls were packed and the ideas were flowing.
Charleville’s very first ThinkFest was a chance for locals to voice their ideas on how to improve our town.
There are plenty of events already in the woodwork for 2016 but organisers say they’re in need of people to take affirmative action.
“I think people need to step up now and not just sit back and say that the kids need a movies night.
“They need to step up and say how are we going to make this happen, come on board, and do it,” says Allison Edwards, one half of the Think Fest initiating duo.
Mayor Denis Cook announced to the crowd that 500 thousand dollars was available for the community, but it was up to them to decide what it will be spent on.
There were some great new business ventures discussed, but one in particular stood out…
“I like the labelling of Murweh food. And I think the restaurants in town could probably get behind that. Even if it was only one or two meals on their menu that promoted that it’s totally grown in Charleville,” she says.
Street scaping, selling mulga wood, bottling artesian bore water and a community billboard were some of the other ideas of interest.
Further developments will be discussed at a follow up meeting, set for after the local government elections.
Outstanding QCE Results
For the first time in Charleville State High Schools QCE history, every single student received their official graduation certificate.
“To start off, we had 100% of our students get there QCE or their Queensland Certificate of Education.
“To our knowledge that is the first time since the inception of QCE that every Charleville State High School student has graduated with that qualification so that’s wonderful news,” says CSHS Principal Marcus Jones
Achieving outstanding OP results is often not associated with going to a small country school, and the kids were surprised!
“Very pleased, I was actually quite surprised when I heard that I got a five. I was very happy with that!” says Elise Gordon, 2015 graduate
“Yeh, I was really excited. It was exactly the OP I needed to get into my course so that worked out well,” says Sam Scott, 2015 graduate.
Principal Jones says there is a huge support system at the High School, and he hopes to see the 100% QCE success rate happen every year.
“We’re really proud of our students, they’ve worked hard, our staff have worked hard to help them there and we can’t I suppose be any more prouder of them,” he says.
But it will take a bit of hard work!
“Any tips for year 12 this year is definitely study, a lot. Or very hard, and a lot,” says Elise.
“A big change that had to happen was setting aside a lot more time and going to see your teachers in your own time a lot more. I think that really helped taking that extra step and getting a one on one conversation with the teacher and getting it explained to you,” says Sam.
In 2015, every student who went for an OP, received one and 4 students received an OP 5 or under.
So a big congratulations to our recent graduates, and good luck for the future years.
The Sunburnt Cow Ice Cream Van
It’s big, it’s pink and it’s certainly hard to miss.
The sunburt cow is making its way through town and could be just outside your place!
The familiar tune of “Greesleeves” conjures up memories of traditional soft serves and choc tops…but reminisce no longer!
One local lady is bringing this special treat back to our streets.
“I’ve always wanted one. So when the kids were younger I thought I’ll wait until they go to school but then we ended up buying Parkside and we had it for five years and I sort of just put it on the backburner but this came up for a good price so I went for it!” says Carmel Johnstone, the face behind the Sunburn Cow
Using local suppliers to equip the Sunburnt Cow ice cream van, Carmel is also selling gluten free option, which means something for everyone!
So how can you get your hands on a little piece of nostalgia?
“I’ll drive the streets. And I’ve got my phone number on Facebook if anyone wants me at their functions or anything they can give me a call,” she says.
The pink and white van will be roaming the streets in the weeks to come so keep an eye out and throw the sunburnt cow a wave!