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REVIEW

PAROO EDITION 5 | SUMMER 2018/19

Railway history comes to life Summer gardening tips

Cunnamulla celebrates

150 years

CUNNAMULLA • EULO • WYANDRA • YOWAH


Contents On the cover: The town is still smiling from the recent Cunnamulla 150 Celebration event. For more information see pages 16-17.

YOUR COUNCIL TEAM

HOME AND BACKYARD

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Gardening how-to

Guide on how to grow a garden in summer, including how best to use bore water

SHIRE WORKS

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Mayor Lindsay Godfrey 0428 551 767 lindsay.godfrey@paroo.qld.gov.au

Upcoming works map

Shire wide map of upcoming road works

TOURISM

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Railway transformation

New bells and whistles for the Cunnamulla Railway Station

Deputy Mayor, Cr Suzette Beresford 0427 551 191 suzette.beresford@paroo.qld.gov.au

BUSINESS COMMUNITY NEWS

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Drought support

Applications are open for Council’s Community Drought Support Program

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Lights, camera, action!

Festive season directory

Opening hours for businesses shire wide over the Christmas and New Years period

COUNCIL NEWS

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A day in the life

Learn what an average day is like for our Tourism Officer Jess

Local kids star in the Outback Fella series

CONTACT PAROO SHIRE COUNCIL Telephone Main office: 07 4655 8400 Tourist centre: 07 4655 8470 Library: 07 4655 8490 A/H water and sewerage: 0428 764 362 A/H general emergencies: 0457 731 540 Facsimile Main office: Tourist centre: Library:

07 4655 1647 07 4655 1120 07 4655 0355

Email addresses council@paroo.qld.gov.au parooreview@paroo.qld.gov.au

Street address Broad Street Depot Cunnamulla Qld 4490

None of the material in this publication may be reproduced without the permission of the Chief Executive Officer of Paroo Shire Council. All content is accurate as of 29 November 2018. PAROO REVIEW

Cr Don Dunsdon 0427 744 551 don.dunsdon@paroo.qld.gov.au

Postal address PO Box 75 Cunnamulla Q 4490

Servicing the communities of Cunnamulla, Eulo, Wyandra and Yowah.

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Cr Rick Brain 0400 088 013 rick.brain@paroo.qld.gov.au

Cr Joann Woodcroft 0427 551 230 joann.woodcroft@paroo.qld.gov.au


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Paroo Shire Council wishes to advise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers that this publication contains images of people who have died.

Paroo Review is proudly produced by ncil Paroo Shire Cou as and this issue h ed been 75% fund by advertising revenue.

I’m very proud of what our Counci l team have achieved this ye ar. It’s been a to ug h one for the district with Paro o Shire still in dr ought, but each day shows me ho w resilient Paro o’ s people are and I’m very proud to be a part of this community. The works team have been extrem ely busy with lo of works being un ts dertaken and pl an ned for around the shire, see pa ges 12 - 14 for m ore information. Council are hono ured to have just awarded the RL Beresford an d Paroo Shire Co un cil Bursaries to three deserving students ahead of the 2019 scho year. Our local yo ol uth are the futu re of our towns and education is something Coun cil recognises as something of ut most importance . The Paroo Cont Children’s Mobile act is another great service offering education servic es to young child ren, get behind terrific local serv this ice by participat ing in their family needs survey. May your Christ mas and New Year br eak be filled with lo ts of relaxation, good food and great compa ny. Oliver Simon CEO, Paroo Shir e Council

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Support available for those affected by drought It’s been more than five years since the Paroo Shire was drought declared and, understandably, there are a lot of people doing it tough. Council is working hard to help affected residents who are feeling the effects of the drought. Councillor Don Dunsdon has been elected as Council’s representative to advocate for Paroo to those distributing assistance. To make sure our residents get the best possible assistance, Council is contacting charities that are currently raising money to encourage them to donate funds directly to Council. The monies will then be distributed in the form of local

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vouchers, which also helps our local businesses. Council have also met with Drought Commissioner Mark O’Brien to discuss how the drought is affecting Paroo and to provide information on the best ways to assist now and how to be resilient to drought in the future. Grants are available from Council’s Community Drought Support Program for community members and organisations to run events that provide social connectedness and wellbeing to the community, as well as providing access to support services within drought affected areas. This funding is provided by the Department of Communities,

Disability Services and Seniors (DCDSS) and there is $90,000 available every calendar year. The DCDSS also provide another $30,000 that is distributed via local vouchers to those in need. Applications are open now until January 2019 for events being held from February to December 2019. For more information about the Community Drought Support Program, contact Toni-Lou Pender on 4655 8421. For information about what other assistance, including what’s available from state and federal governments, visit www.paroo.qld.gov.au/drought

Remember: It’s ok to ask for help. Even if it is just a cuppa and a chat with a friend.


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A hay-uge thank you from Paroo Shire to Rapid Relief Team On 15 November, Rapid Relief Team coordinated a hay drop in Cunnamulla to Paroo Shire’s rural landholders. With continuous dry conditions turning usually lush green paddocks into landscapes similar to those on Mars - truckloads

of donated hay were a sight for sore, dusty eyes. Not only was the hay a huge relief; but the smiles, conversations, coffee and BBQ offered by the volunteers was so incredibly appreciated by Council and landholders alike.

RADF applications open If you have an idea for an arts or cultural project, the Regional Arts Development Fund might help it come to fruition. The latest round of funding is open until 5pm, Thursday 28 February 2019, and individuals and organisations are able to apply. Application forms are available from Council’s offices and website (make sure you have the right version as the forms were recently updated). Potential applicants are encouraged to talk to Council’s RADF Liaison Officer, Toni-Lou Pender, before making a submission. For more information, contact Toni-Lou Pender on 4655 8421 or visit www.paroo.qld.gov.au/radf RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Paroo Shire Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

We extend our sincere thanks to RRT for your efforts and fantastic team. You’ll always have mates out west. To view Council’s thank you video, visit www.facebook. com/parooshirecouncil/videos

School bursary winners announced The RL Beresford and Paroo Shire Council Bursaries have been awarded to three very deserving Paroo students - Charity Jones, Charli Pender and Samuel Bourke. This year the bursaries were increased from $300 to $500 each and are able to be used to assist with school fees, uniforms and other learning resources. Congratulations again to Charity, Charli and Samuel; we are sure you will achieve amazing things in the years to come. Samuel Bourke receiving his award from Peter and Suzette Beresford.

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COMMUNITY NEWS Filmmaker and musician Josh Arnold visited Paroo Shire at the end of September, filming local attractions to showcase the region. His production company, Small Town Culture, focuses on regional Australia, and its new series, The Outback Fella aims to tell the story of how kids in remote and rural towns live and how much fun it really is. Josh first stopped in at Eulo for a quick mud bath and to say g’day to some kids at the Diprotodon statue (known to the locals as “Kenny”). “The kids at Eulo had such a fantastic energy,” Josh said. “They were singing at the tops of their voices and it was a cracker afternoon.” The next stop was Cunnamulla, with a great turn-out from local kids of all ages across a day and a half of filming.

Locations included a morning kayak on the Warrego River, trying to catch booglies down at the Old Bridge, shearing sheep at Tinnenburra, races down the sand hill and a concert and barbeque at the Cunnamulla Fella statue. “All the kids were singing and dancing – they sure know how to have a party in Cunnamulla,” Josh said. Local resident Tom King made a cameo as the elusive Cunnamulla Fella, who “hid” at each location. Josh said the Cunnamulla Fella had inspired The Outback Fella. “The Cunnamulla Fella hiding around the town for the kids to find will make for a great episode,” he said. A huge thank you to everyone who was involved with the filming. Council will update its Facebook page when the episode is due to air.

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Paroo Contact Children’s Mobile needs your support

The Paroo Contact Children’s Mobile has been part of the community for more than 30 years, but it needs the community’s help to ensure it can keep running for another 30 years. The main objective of the service is to relieve disadvantage suffered by young children (0-12 years) and their families due to living in geographically isolated areas. The Mobile team believes that all kids deserve to benefit from inspired learning experiences - no matter where they live. Despite having its usual funding source withdrawn, it is still operating and able to come out to events or rural household playdates. At present, field staff operate an integrated education, developmental, social, support, network and resource service for children. After

receiving a grant, they are currently conducting a family needs analysis to better understand what, where and when families need their services. As the Mobile have provided such a fantastic service for so long, it’s time for the community to get behind them and support them through this next phase. Everyone can help by participating in the family needs analysis, coming to one of their next community events, following their Facebook page and keeping in touch to share ideas. This will help secure long-term funding the Mobile sorely needs. For more information about the Paroo Contact Children’s Mobile, visit www.paroomobile.com.au or www.facebook.com.au/PCCMInc, email co-ordinator@paroomobile.com.au or phone (02) 6874 7774.

Contact and Paroo Contact Children’s Mobile have recently secured a Tackling Tough Times Together grant funded by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal. We will utilise this welcomed funding to undertake child and family service gap analysis and further build early childhood networks within drought affected areas of South West Queensland.

You are warmly invited to come to one of our next community events, visit our Facebook page and like us to keep in touch to share your ideas! paroomobile.com.au

co-ordinator@paroomobile.com.au

@PCCMInc


HOME AND BACKYARD

Operation Safe Home House fires can be deadly - and fast - but residents can access free advice from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services to be prepared. Through Operation Safe Home, QFES officers visit residential homes, have a look around to identify any hazards and offer suggestions on how to make your home as safe as possible for you and your family in the event of a fire.

Some of the things that will be checked include: • Are there working smoke alarms in the home? • How many smoke alarms are fitted? • Are they 240 volt or battery operated? • Are all new or replacement smoke alarms the photoelectric type? • Are they entitled to Home Assist or other funding to install additional smoke alarms to meet the new legislation? • Do the residents sleep with their individual bedroom doors closed?

• Do residents have an escape plan and have they practiced it? • Are there clear paths of travel/walkways both internally and externally? • Is there a fire extinguisher and/or a fire blanket? Do you know how to use it? • Are safety switches fitted to the power points? • Do phones work if the power supply fails? For more information about the program, contact Archie at archie.andrews@qfes.qld.gov.au or 0419 982 112.

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Summer gardening

secrets to help your plants survive

There’s nothing like coming home to a little green oasis in the middle of summer, but it can be hard to keep a garden alive with ongoing high temperatures and little rain - although hopefully this will change soon! Here are some tips to help keep a garden alive over the hot summer months.

Tip 1: Water The most obvious of course is to keep your garden well-watered. A lot of properties in Paroo are reliant on bore water. It can be harder to grow and maintain a garden on bore water due to the excess minerals including salt in the water, but it’s definitely possible.

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If you use bore water and your garden isn’t responding despite vigilant watering, this might actually be the problem. Try flooding the area with a hose once a week (or twice a week in particularly hot weather) instead of using a sprinkler every other day. This avoids a couple of things: the water sitting on the

leaves of the plant and also the bore water sitting around the roots of the plant for too long. By flooding the area less often, the soil gets a good soak, the plants draw up the water they need, and the water has a chance to drain down into the soil and away from the roots of the plant.


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Tip 2: build up garden beds Build up your garden beds. This helps the water to soak down into the soil, and not linger too

long around the roots of your plants. For a standard garden bed, 20-30cm should do the

Tip 3: mulch, mulch, mulch! Ensuring your garden beds are well mulched helps reduce evaporation from the surface, which then reduces the amount of salt left behind in the soil. It can also help stop weeds from growing.

trick. If you’re planting a fruit tree, try 30-40cm for stone fruits and 50cm for citrus.

Tip 4: be choosy Choosing plants that don’t require a lot of water and/or are able to tolerate bore water is another way to give your garden the best opportunity to succeed - and make your life easier. Natives are especially good as they are typically drought tolerant. See below for a list of plant suggestions.

WHEN TO WATER: Paroo is lucky to have water security from bores connected to the Great Artesian Basin, but it’s still important to use water wisely to ensure its longevity. Remember to use water wisely and stick to your relevant day and time for watering your garden to ensure that your garden receives the most benefit, and you’ll also avoid a $50 fine. North of Emma St Cunnamulla South of Emma St Wyandra, Eulo and Yowah

Even numbered houses Odd numbered houses

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Wednesday, Friday and Sunday Monday, Wednesday and Friday Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

All townships

Sprinkler hours

5am-10am and 5pm-10pm

Watering near footpaths

Noon-2pm

Filling of swimming pools from town bores

Any day, NOT between 10am-3pm

PLANTS THAT TOLERATE BORE WATER: • • •

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Scarlet and stiff bottlebrush Flowering or False Lignum Coral, River Red, Fuchsia and Yellow Gum (just to name a few gums!) Norfolk Island Hibiscus Snow in Summer Berrigan or Butterbush

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Petunia Carnations Marigold Gazanias Succulents Many bulbs including daffodils, freesias, snowdrops and jonquils

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Tomatoes Saltbush Sky Flower Mulberry Pomegranate Wisteria Yucca

So get outside in the garden and have a go, even if it’s just a few pots to start with. You could have your own little green oasis in no time!

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SHIRE WORKS

Priority placed on

road maintenance Council is developing a Shire Road Maintenance Program that outlines what road works are going to be undertaken, and when. This will guide future works scheduling for the benefit of the community.

for maintaining the State highways in the shire. Recent works to improve the network have included additional crack sealing, shoulder grading and heavy formation grading on some unsealed sections.

Council staff are also responsible

The Department of Transport

Road maintenance works

Hungerford Rd and Upgrading and sealing works for Hungerford Rd for the Eulo-Toompine Rd Department of Transport and Main Roads as well as seal widening works for Eulo-Toompine Rd for Council are programmed for completion by the end of the year. Cuttaburra Rd 2.2km of upgrading works including sealing on Cuttaburra Rd have been completed. Louise St

Bluegrass Rd

Upgrading of stormwater and kerb and channel in front of and opposite John Kerr Park is programmed for completion by the end of the year. Final works have been completed on the Bluegrass Rd culvert.

Footpath upgrades

Cunnamulla

Planning is well advanced for additional works including more pram ramps.

Grids

Across the shire

Bridge upgrades

Wyandra

Various grids have been cleaned out while sealing works have also been completed to reduce the need for maintenance in the future. Geotechnical testing was carried out to help develop options for the upgrade of the Deep Creek Bridge.

Facility upgrades Various

Cunnamulla

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and Main Roads is undertaking additional sealing works this year, with Council staff completing preparation work. Council has piggybacked on this tender to complete a number of town streets to take advantage of the establishment savings.

Levee bank

Cunnamulla

Bores

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More facility upgrades are being carried out including the toilets at John Kerr Park, Wyandra and Eulo, new barbecues at a number of picnic spots, as well as canteens at John Kerr Park and the Cunnamulla Racecourse. Carpentry work has been carried out at the pensioner housing and includes ramps, steps, handrails and internal upgrades. The levee bank behind the waste facility has been repaired after erosion caused it to drop below its correct level. To keep the levee bank at a safe level, this access point to the waste facility has been closed and access is available via the bitumen road on Old Charleville Rd. The new bores and connections to the water supply are complete. Residents now have improved pressure, flow and water security across all of the towns.


SHIRE WORKS

Works map

Occurring during January, February and March 2019 (approx.)

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Although effort has been taken to make this map as accurate as possible, please note that it is not exactly to scale.

advance communications

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Important maintenance completed on sewer mains Residents are reminded to remember the three Ps (pee, poo and paper) following vital maintenance on Cunnamulla’s underground sewerage network that was completed recently. High water jets were used to flush out all of the underground mains over a three-month period, and then CCTV inspections were completed to assess the condition of the pipes. The inspections revealed that critical works were required, including modifying 200 manholes and other urgent

New bus and long-range coach stop built

repairs, and soon the existing pipes will be relined to extend their lifespans.

Remember to only flush the three Ps: Pee, poo and paper!

This project was funded by a Building our Regions grant. The system is now working more effectively than it has for the past six or seven years when it was last cleaned. It’s important to note that “flushable” wipes don’t actually break down in the system and cause blockages, so please don’t flush them. Similarly, disposable nappies and other matter should not be flushed.

No need for bin covers to be rubbish

People arriving in Cunnamulla by bus will have a new first impression after a new bus stop was completed. It incorporates new seating and shelter as well as solar-powered lighting for night time and early morning use. The project was funded by Translink and carried out by Council staff and a local contractor.

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The talent of Council staff can sometimes be hidden, but that’s not the case when it comes to the public bins that keep our shire clean.

These are modified to suit the end destination - for example, if you check out the bins at John Kerr Park, sport is heavily featured.

Welder Chris Cooke dresses up what could be an unsightly necessity by creating cut-out design features on bin covers.

Sometimes it’s the tiniest details that make the biggest impacts.


Are you hosting a community event? Send details to parooreview@paroo.qld.gov.au and it might feature in the future editions of the Paroo Review!

Summer events December 10 Dec 25 Jan School Holiday Program Cunnamulla There’s no excuse for school holiday boredom with a great range of activities being planned, including soccer, tennis, touch football, cricket and traditional games. Morning and afternoon sessions will be running.

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Christmas Day and Boxing Day Public Holidays All townships Due to the public holidays and the shut-down period, Council services will not be operating. For more information call Council on 4655 8400.

All townships Due to the public holiday and the shut-down period, Council services will not be operating. For more information call Council on 4655 8400.

Australia Day Celebrations Cunnamulla Swimming Pool 42 John St, Cunnamulla

Noorama Christmas Event

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Noorama Sports Grounds, Jobs Gate Rd, Noorama

New Years Eve Fireworks 9pm and 12am

Families from surrounding properties will come together to celebrate the festive season. Watch the children’s faces light up as Santa arrives to greet them and become immersed in the warm and friendly community that is Noorama.

Cunnamulla Racecourse, Mitchell Highway, Cunnamulla

For more information contact Donal O’Sullivan at osullivan_dp@hotmail.com

New Year’s Day Public Holiday

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For more information call Toni-Lou Pender on 4655 8421.

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Start the new year with a bang! Bring a picnic blanket and the family to watch a kaleidoscope of colour light up our sky. For more information call Toni-Lou Pender on 4655 8421.

February 15

Lisa Campbell Art Exhibition Opening Cunnamulla Fella Centre Regional Art Gallery, 2 Jane St, Cunnamulla

Come celebrate what’s great about our nation with Cunnamulla’s annual Australia Day activities. Enjoy a free barbeque breakfast, free entry to the pool, games and activities. For more information call Toni-Lou Pender on 4655 8421.

Australia Day Luncheon 1pm YOMSCI Hall, Yowah Stay tuned for more details closer to the date. For more information contact Gwen Burney on 0427 068 254.

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Australia Day Public Holiday All townships Due to the public holiday, Council services will not be operating. For more information call Council on 4655 8400.

Lisa Campbell’s vivid artworks inspired by life in the country will be on display from the opening night until 29 March. For more information call the Cunnamulla Fella Visitor Centre on 4655 8470.

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Cunnamulla’s big birthday a huge hit It’s not every day you get to go to a 150th birthday party, but that’s what over 650 visitors plus locals got to experience on 8-11 November. The excitement was palpable within the community as visitors started arriving, and it only grew as more and more people arrived. Activities and events over the weekend included memorabilia displays, live music, meet and

greets, markets, a street parade and a ball that attracted a huge 825 guests! Cunnamulla 150 Celebration event coordinator Merry Higgins said her favourite thing about the event was just seeing how excited everyone was, and how much fun they had. “Faces were just beaming, and I was so pleased that everyone was having a good time.

“I was talking to one young lady and she said that she’ll be excited for the next three months! Everyone was determined to have a good time,” she said. When asked why she thought the celebration was so successful, Merry said that it was probably a combination of factors. “I think because the 150th anniversary is really a one-off, and we haven’t had a town reunion since 1937 and 1992. “A lot of people returning hadn’t visited Cunnamulla for 40 years, and Cunnamulla is still their home and they stick to that. “The committee were also careful to not include too much in the program, and to just have venues for people to meet, talk and catch up with old friends and make new ones too!”

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ART SCENE

Bright colours of the bush From one outback town to another, Lisa Campbell is bringing her artwork to the Cunnamulla Fella Centre Regional Art Gallery from 15 February 2019. Hailing from Kununurra in far north Western Australia in the iconic Kimberley region, Lisa specialises in paintings, boab, glass and resin art.

“Those items sometimes, the most normal, I will see something about the way the light strikes it, or the colours in the paint, and I’ll see something that I want to bring to life.” “It could be something as boring as an old door or the way the light paints the back of a cow as it grazes in the bush.”

Lisa creates artworks that are full of colour and tell the story of country Australia.

Keep an eye out for information about the exhibition opening event.

“I’ve been a painter all my life. I’m drawn to things with texture and shading,” Lisa said.

For more information, contact the Cunnamulla Fella Visitor Centre on 4655 8470.


TOURISM

CUNNAMULLA FELLA FESTIVAL A CRACKING SUCCESS The Cunnamulla Fella Festival, held in August, has been dubbed a successful event once again. Local businesses say trade increased by 13% or more, after more than 720 tickets were sold to festival events.

The event wouldn’t be possible without those who attended the event, both local and from further away, as well as the sponsors who throw their support behind the festival. Liz Land and Council’s tourism

team are also to be congratulated for their efforts for planning such a fantastic weekend. Planning is already underway for the 2019 event, so get your spurs and cowboy hat ready for the last weekend in August!

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New tourist attraction moves full steam ahead Association president Karen Ticehurst said the railway had played an important role in the region’s social and economic development.

“To make sure it was the closest possible match to the original heritage colours of the station, a specialist came out to test the colours, and we thank Queensland Rail for organising this,” she said.

The show will take place under the domed cover (only one of three in Queensland) and will be run by volunteers. Profits from merchandise sales may also help run the facility. Other improvements include additional history panels in the foyer and

“We’ve just been successful in securing $353,009 of State Government funding to develop a light and sound show that will tell the story of the station over the years. A new tourist attraction is on the right track to bring more visitors to the region, as the Paroo Progress Association restores the Cunnamulla Railway Station. The station, originally built in 1898 and rebuilt due to fire in 1930, has recently been painted, but the long-term vision for the sight has many more bells and whistles planned.

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“As time goes on, there could be opportunities to update or change the presentation, perhaps introducing new topics that would appeal to the target market like Cunnamulla’s contribution to war efforts.”

a garden makeover. The Progress Association hopes to run the show twice a night in tourist season and once a night in the off-season. “We want to keep tourists in town overnight, bringing more money into the local economy.”


Tourism's take five

TOURISM 1. Charlotte Plains is 70,000 acres (half the size of Singapore!)

This series explains the top five things you need to know about our local tourism operators.

2. An authentic working sheep and cattle station, the shearing shed used to put through up to 60,000 sheep a year in its hay day. Today, they shear about 7,000 sheep every year. 3. There are three race tracks on the property, two which were used for training, and one was for race meetings. 4. The property has had its own bore since 1982. You can dip your body into the 43 degree water which contains multivitamins and minerals that will soothe and heal.

For this edition, we have Charlotte Plains.

5. Take a step back in time with a renowned tour of the old homestead. Charlotte Plains is located on the Balonne Highway, Cunnamulla.

www.charlotteplains.com.au

Visitor numbers on the up Paroo had a bumper tourism season this year, with more than 6,500 visitors passing through the Cunnamulla Fella Visitor Information Centre in June.

This is more than previous years (2,500 people in 2017, and 4,250 in 2016). A huge thank you to all of Paroo’s tourism operators and small

businesses that continue to put in hard work to make the best impression on visitors to our shire and help people live like a local.

New visitor guide spreads the tourism word Have you heard of the beach with no ocean? Know what a Yowah nut is? Hint: you can’t eat it! The new visitor guide is out now and includes itineraries, activities and interesting places to visit across Paroo Shire.

Whether you would like some ideas on where to take visitors, or want to be a tourist in your own town, it’s the perfect place to start. Get your copy from the Cunnamulla Fella Visitor Information Centre.

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LIBRARIES

HMAS Moreton visits Paroo

In late August, Commander McConnell and officers from the HMAS Moreton travelled out to Cunnamulla to get a taste of outback life.

signed copy of Mark Donaldson’s autobiography and Keeping Watch by Malcolm Longstaff from the Governor of Queensland Paul de Jersey.

HMAS Moreton has contributed a lot to our community through the annual Anzac Day Writing Competition. Without their support, the once in a lifetime experiences given to the winners wouldn’t be possible.

While at the library, the resident robot Literator gave them all a special thank you, which even made the Commander tear up.

While in town, the crew went sand tobogganing, met the

Cunnamulla Fella, visited both schools, and went out to a rural property to see the full effects of the drought first hand - even helping with feeding the sheep! A morning tea was also held at the visitor information centre, and four previous winners of the Anzac Day Writing Competition were presented with Spirit of Australia medals. While visiting the library, the Commander also presented the library with two special books: a

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The whole community extends a huge thank you to the Commander and HMAS Moreton for all they have done for our community.


LIBRARIES

Summer holiday opening hours The library will be open its regular hours (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday) except for the Council shut-down period.

The library’s last day of operation will be Thursday 20 December and will reopen at 9am on Monday 7 January.

Dalby dancers share their skills

Youth learn story writing skills from author Local students have developed their writing skills with award-winning playwright Victoria Carless in October and November. The students, aged grade five and above, learnt how to draw on their own funny, embarrassing and wonderful moments to create stories, while also developing characters, form, structure, language and symbols. Story writing is such an important skill for children. Even if they don’t become an author, from drafting emails in an office environment to report writing or paperwork for their own business, how to write properly is a skill they will use throughout their lives.

Three teachers travelled to the shire to teach two days of workshops to a group of under 10s, and a group of over 10s. The under 10s danced to Just Can’t Wait to be King from the Lion King and the Hawaiian Roller Coast Ride from

Lilo and Stitch, while the over 10s danced to 4 Minutes by Madonna and Justin Timberlake. Not only did both groups perform their dances for an audience in the Paroo Shire Hall, but the over 10s also travelled to Dalby in November to perform the dance at the Academy’s annual dance concert, after practicing twice a week in the lead-up to the concert.

The workshops were funded by Paroo Shire Council and a RADF grant.

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Local kids got their boogie on in the September/October school holidays, participating in dance workshops run by the Dalby Academy of Dance.

About Victoria Carless: She has written a novel for young adults called The Dream Walker, published in 2017. Is an award-winning playwright Has worked for the State Library of Queensland as well as being a lecturer on writing at universities and TAFE Holds a PhD in creative writing Grew up in far north Queensland

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Paroo Shire directory: Christmas and New Years opening hours Artisan Waters Caravan Park 1 Bluebonnet Blvd, Yowah 4655 4953 Reduced trading of 9am-12pm on Christmas Day, from 8am-6pm, Boxing Day, 27, 29, 30 December, from 7am-6pm on 28 December and from 9am-6pm on New Years Eve and New Years Day. Ashley Sports n All 28-32 Jane St, Cunnamulla 4655 2691 Closed on public holidays, and reduced trading of 9am-2pm between Christmas and New Years. Bett’s Store 91 Jane St, Cunnamulla 4655 1215 Closed on public holidays, and closing earlier at 1pm on 27, 28, 31 December, and at 11am on 29 December.

Billabong Hotel Motel 5 Murray St, Cunnamulla 4655 0800 Only closed on Christmas Day.

Country Wear 23 Jane St, Cunnamulla 4655 1649 Only closed on public holidays.

Caltex Cunnamulla Cnr Mary & Emma Sts, Cunnamulla 4655 1547 Open all days as usual from 6am-10pm. Meals up until 9pm.

Cunnamulla Bakery 43 Jane St, Cunnamulla 4655 1270 Open up until Christmas Eve, reopening on 2 January. The bakery’s freshly baked bread will be available from other shops.

Corella Motor Inn Cnr Wicks & Emma Sts, Cunnamulla 4655 1593 Open for business as usual, all visitors welcome. Country Way Motor Inn 17 Emma St, Cunnamulla 4655 0555 Open for business as usual, all visitors welcome. Under new management.

Cunnamulla Cabins & Caravan Park 22 Mabel St, Cunnamulla 0407 785 785 Accommodation open as usual, all visitors welcome. Cunnamulla Cafe 27 Jane St, Cunnamulla 0436 451 845 Only closed on public holidays. Cunnamulla Newsagency 18 Stockyard St, Cunnamulla 4655 1479 Closed on public holidays, and closing earlier at 3pm on 27, 28 November.

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Cunnamulla Pharmacy 14 Stockyard St, Cunnamulla 4655 1142 Open up until 22 December, reopening on 2 January. Cunnamulla Post Office 3 Stockyard St, Cunnamulla 4655 1250 Will be open on Saturdays 8, 15, 22 December from 9am-12pm. Closed on public holidays plus 31 December. Cunnamulla Primary Health Care Centre 26-28 John St, Cunnamulla 4655 1231 Only closed on public holidays. Cunnamulla Roadhouse 10 Emma St, Cunnamulla 4655 1179 Reduced trading of 6am-6pm on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day.


BUSINESS Cunnamulla Tourist Park 91 Watson St, Cunnamulla 4655 1421 Open for business as usual, all visitors welcome. Donald Thompson Electrical 23 John St, Cunnamulla 4655 1359 Closed from 24 December, reopening on 2 January. Dux Tyres and Suspension 18 John St, Cunnamulla 4655 1599 Open up until 21 December, reopening on 2 January. Elders Cunnamulla 23 Louise St, Cunnamulla 4655 1233 Open up until 21 December, reopening on 2 January. Eulo General Store Leo St, Eulo 4655 4900 Only closed on public holidays. Reduced trading hours on 27-31 December. Operating as per usual from 2 January. Eulo Queen Hotel 1 Leo St, Eulo 4655 4867 Open for business as usual, not closed on public holidays. Open for Christmas Day lunch. Eulo Queen Opal Centre Leo St, Eulo 4655 0054 Only closed on public holidays. Friendly Grocer 71 Stockyard St, Cunnamulla 4655 1214 Reduced trading of 8am-5pm on Christmas Eve, from 9am-12pm on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day, from 8.30am-5pm on 27, 28, 31 December and from 8.30am-1pm and 4pm-6pm on 29, 30 December. Gidgee Bean Cafe 49 Jane St, Cunnamulla 46551287 Closed on public holidays. Check their Facebook page for updates on other opening hours.

Gladstone Hotel 21 Railway St, Wyandra 4654 9582 Only closed on Christmas Day. Hatchman Petroleum Railway St, Cunnamulla 4655 1261 Only closed on public holidays. Higgins Bros 48 Emma St, Cunnamulla 4655 1476 Closed on public holidays, and reduced trading of 8am-12pm between Christmas and New Years. Hotel Cunnamulla 24 Jane St, Cunnamulla 4655 0082 Only closed on Christmas Day. IGA Mills & Sons 30 John St, Cunnamulla 4655 1222 Only closed on public holidays. J & L Industries 25 John St, Cunnamulla 4655 1688 Only closed on public holidays Jones Greengrocer 42-44 Stockyard St, Cunnamulla 4655 1652 Open up until 22 December, reopening on 7 January. Landmark Cunnamulla 42-44 Emma St, Cunnamulla 4655 1799 Closed on public holidays and reduced trading from 8am-12pm on 27, 28, 31 December. NAB Cunnamulla 38 Jane St, Cunnamulla 13 22 65 Closed on public holidays, and closing earlier at 1pm on 27, 28 November. Outback Physical Bodyworx Stockyard St, Cunnamulla 0417 072 206 Open up until 24 December, reopening on 7 January.

Oxford Hotel Motel 13 Bowra St, Cunnamulla 4655 1126 Only closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day. PJ’s Automotive 56 Emma St, Cunnamulla 4655 0157 Only closed on public holidays. Tow truck will still be operational on all days. RESQ 36 Stockyard St, Cunnamulla 4655 0105 Open up until 21 December, reopening on 7 January. Rosslyn Cafe 25 Wicks St, Cunnamulla 4655 1413 Closed on Christmas Day and reduced trading from 10am-1pm on Boxing Day and New Years Day. The Hair Mill Relocating to 45 Jane St, Cunnamulla 0427 848 747 Open up until 22 December and closed on all Public Holidays. Call for appointment. Thompson’s True Value Hardware 27 John St, Cunnamulla 4655 1171 Open up until 24 December, reopening on 2 January. Warrego Butchery 39 Jane St, Cunnamulla 4655 1160 Open up until 24 December, reopening on 2 January. Warrego Hotel Motel 9 Louise St, Cunnamulla 4655 1737 Closed on Christmas Day. Kitchen closed from 24 December - 6 January, pub and bottle shop open as per usual trading hours. Warrego Riverside Tourist Park 322 Weir Rd, Cunnamulla 4655 0097 Closed from 23 - 26 December. Wyandra Post & General Store Moody St, Wyandra 4654 9212 Only closed on public holidays. SUMMER 2018/19

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COUNCIL NEWS

Shire wide cluster fencing project update Back in July, rural landholders were contacted to determine their interest in participating in a cluster fencing model facilitated by Council.

dogs, they are usually bigger and stronger than dingoes and can cause a lot more damage to animals - especially sheep and sometimes even calves.

There was a fantastic response, with nearly 50 landholders indicating their interest. This translated to approximately 3,824km of fencing which based on $8,500/km equates to a potential investment of $32,504,000.

Cluster fencing has been known to increase lambing percentages by 40 - 80% annually and also enables landholders to better manage their land through better control of livestock, implementation of property biosecurity plans and sharing of information within clusters.

Cluster fencing is when multiple adjacent properties form a cooperative group and decide to fence around the group of properties. One of its primary purposes is to control the damage caused by wild dogs. Now that a lot of wild dogs are dingoes that have cross bred with domestic

There is also a huge economic benefit to the wider region with industry forecasting data indicating that for every 1,000km of fencing there is between $800,000 - $1.3 million of increased economic activity annually.

Council is considering the ‘Longreach model’ where external debt funding is sought through QTC. Council then builds the fences on behalf of the landholders and the amounts are repaid by landholders via a Council special charge scheme. Councillors and senior staff held a workshop on 28 November at which they reviewed an information pack from QTC and Councillors agreed to consider establishing the recommended internal governance framework. A meeting was also held on 7 December with the Wild Dog Committee to seek their input into the potential special charge scheme. For more information, phone Council on 4655 8400.

STRONG FAMILIES, STRONG COMMUNITY

Do you feel good about violence in your home? Are you happy for your kids to see and hear this violence? If this is going to change, you have to be the change. This program started because we realise we are all in this together. You don’t have to be alone. We have men and women who understand how this happens and impacts our families. Take the first step. With strong families, we can build a stronger community. 26

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For more information contact 0436 670 496 or 0488 670 496.

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A day in the life of...

a tourism officer Our new series continues, highlighting the day-to-day duties of Paroo Shire Council staff in providing programs and services to the community. Tourism Officer Jess King tells us about what working in tourism actually entails.

“No day is the same - which is one of the things I love about my job. “My day typically starts by logging in to my computer and checking emails. From there I make sure to check the daily planner to see what’s on and get cracking on my to-do list. “There’s always multiple projects happening at once. At the moment the main ones I’m working on are town booklets

for each of Paroo Shire’s four townships, sourcing original and unique local and Australian made merchandise, organising upcoming art exhibitions, and planning a geo-caching trail around the shire. “I also love being able to travel to other destinations. Recently I went to Hughenden and Roma for conferences and got to meet others in the industry and learn new skills.”

Did you know? We rely on you to keep our lighting in tip top shape You may not realise that Council pays for street lights by a tariff system per light, whether they’re working or not.

minimise our community’s costs, as well as making our towns safer.

You can report lights that aren’t working direct to Ergon via their website or app to

www.ergon.com.au

What’s the hardest part of the job? Staying up to date with tourism trends and technology which are always changing. What’s the most out-there thing you’ve done as part of your role as a Tourism Officer? That would have to be participating in the Cunnamulla Fella Challenge at the Cunnamulla Fella Festival in 2018. Myself and Sally from the Outback Queensland Tourism Association competed as a team in tasks including cross-saw cutting, whip cracking, wool bale rolling - just to name a few! Can’t say I do that every day... Do you know all the words to the “Cunnamulla Fella” song? Maybe... but don’t ask me to sing it!

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Council’s summer shut-down hours Council services will close over the Christmas and New Year’s period to give staff a well-deserved break and time to spend with their family and friends over the festive period.

with Council services opening again on Monday 7 January.

The last day of operation for 2018 will be Thursday 20 December,

All Council services will not be operating during this period (including the visitor information centre and libraries), with the exception of the Cunnamulla Swimming Pool.

Toni and Oliver meet the premier Council CEO Oliver Simon and Community Services Officer Toni-Lou Pender met Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in Toowoomba in September during a community leaders function.

The after hours numbers will still be operational, for water/ sewerage phone 0428 764 362 and for general emergencies phone 0457 731 540. For more information phone Council on 4655 8400 or visit www.paroo.qld.gov.au

Community input helping with administration centre upgrade Thank you to everyone who provided their feedback in August for the new multi-purpose hub. Initial concept plans have been approved by Council and we’re excited to hear what the community thinks. For more information and to view the plans phone Council on 4655 8400 or visit www.paroo.qld.gov.au

Smoking at the pool against State law Council wish to remind everyone that as per the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act, smoking is banned in outdoor areas, including swimming pool facilities, for the health and safety of users. For more information visit www.tobaccoaustralia.org.au/15-7#Qld

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Reminder: Most services are now located at the Broad St Depot, except for Community Services (old Blue Care building in Alice St), Economic Development and CEO (Cunnamulla Fella Visitor Information Centre) and the Mayor (Secretary’s Office at the front of the Paroo Shire Hall Supper Room).

Sorry! Council wishes to apologise for the mistiming of the water notices that were distributed in November. Due to hold ups with the meter readings, it was unable to be included with the previous rates notice. This caused some confusion when the rates reminder letters were sent out in mid-November. Thank you for bearing with us, and Council endeavors to ensure this doesn’t happen again.


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Upcoming Council meetings Our ordinary meetings are held around the shire once a month, with agenda items being available before the meeting online. Keep an eye out on the Council website and Facebook page for the meeting locations. Tuesday 11 December Tuesday 22 January Tuesday 19 February

What’s happened at our Council meetings?

For more information, contact Council on 4655 8400 or visit www.paroo.qld.gov.au/ meetings-and-minutes

21 August (held in Cunnamulla) • Council resolved that it will write to the Office of Industrial Relations to gazette the Cunnamulla and District Show Holiday for 24 May 2019, the day before the Cunnamulla and District Show. • Fishing fans will be happy to hear that ‘electronic fishing’ has been undertaken to check the fingerling levels at the weir. High levels of fingerlings were reported which will ensure that local fishermen/women can continue to throw a line in for years to come. • The Roads for Recovery Federal funding program was drafted, with $750,000 being spent on resealing roads around the shire in the 2018/2019 financial year. 18 September (held in Cunnamulla) • The response to the Wild Dog Workshop held on 1 September was overwhelmingly positive. With 28 people attending in total, it was a successful event that gave graziers strategies for dealing with wild dog problems on their properties. • All townships in the Paroo Shire are now officially RV Friendly. With the self-contained RV market estimated to be worth more than $2.5 billion each year, Paroo is in good stead to take advantage of this in next year’s tourist season. • Paroo Shire Council is on the way to becoming a White Ribbon accredited workplace with Council endorsing the Strong Families, Stronger Community committee’s proposal to apply for accreditation. 16 October (held in Wyandra) • Due to the Cunnamulla Common having no feed available, agistment fees will be waived as all stock will need to be relocated. If the Common reopens, residents will be informed. • A new boom was placed into the Warrego River about 1km north of the Darby Land Bridge. This will be used to continue the fantastic work already completed to control water lettuce growth in the river. • As part of the Drought Communities Program funding, Council will be nominating a John Kerr Park canteen upgrade, footpath works, and two road maintenance packages as the projects funded by the $1 million Federal grant. The community will be informed of the outcome once Council hears back from the Australian Government.

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SPORT AND REC

Paroo Thunder bowl over other teams at Western Rivers Cup Move over Queensland Bulls, there’s a new cricket team on the rise and they’re called Paroo Thunder. On 28-30 September, Paroo sent male and female cricket teams to Toowoomba to compete in the Western Rivers Cup against 13 other teams. In its eighth year, the competition is run by the South West Indigenous Network Inc. (SWIN).

The organisation aims to strengthen and encourage physical, mental, cultural, emotional and spiritual aspects of community and individual life, by creating opportunism for success at entry level. Although Paroo Thunder didn’t take out the top titles they have come leaps and bounds (or should we say bowls and runs?) from previous years.

They played hard and worked as a team with the men’s side making it to the Western Rivers Cup semi-finals. The women’s team also made it to the semi-finals, only losing out in the last few bowls to lose by a single run. You can’t get much closer than that! Congratulations to all team members for representing your shire and giving it your all.

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Paroo Review Magazine - Summer 2018/19 Edition  

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