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Lockhart River Artists Continue to Shine

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Lockhart River Artists are continuing to shine in the contemporary art world across Australia and internationally. Three Artists Naomi Hobson, Irene Namok and Lawrence Omeenyo are garnering attention for their three very distinct representations of country and life in Lockhart River.

Irene Namok in the Lockhart Art Centre Studio

Irene Namok in the Lockhart Art Centre Studio

Irene Namok explores Kutini Country, the lowland rainforest that surrounds Lockhart River. Being situated between rain forest and spectacular beach, the environment around Irene has greatly influenced her artistic practice – bursts of vibrant colour that appear to leap off the painting undoubtedly reflect the beautiful tropical landscape.

In May this year Irene held a Sold out Exhibition “Looking Above, Looking Inside, Kutini Country” at Alcaston Gallery in Melbourne.  Alcaston Gallery has dubbed Namok to be “one of the most exciting artists to emerge from Far-North Queensland”.

Falls where Pikini Play after School by Irene Namok

Falls where Pikini Play after School by Irene Namok

Irene will be exhibiting in Singapore in January 2014.

Naomi Hobson has adistinctive and contemporary view of her traditional land and culture, Naomi Hobson is a rising artistic talent, and her work has recently been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

Naomi held her first solo exhibition this year “I am Yikan” also at Alcaston Gallery

Archer River Road House by Naomi Hobson

Archer River Road House by Naomi Hobson

and has since been selected for the Togart Contemporary Art Award and the Gold Coast Art Prize.

The Togart showcases an eclectic collection of artists and artwork for public scrutiny in Darwin. It is one of the most prestigious art awards in Australia and brings together artworks from all cultural backgrounds to provide a snapshot of what is happening in the rich artistic environs of the region. It has an original signature which brings together both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous artists.

Lawrence Omeenyo, respected Lockhart River Elder and Artist was recently shortlisted in the 2013 WA Indigenous Art Award. Omeenyo’s work gained special mention from the judges “the judges were likewise impressed with the unique blend of material invention and conceptual sophistication that define Omeenyo’s glazed work.”

Silas Hobson and Lawrence Omeenyo at the WA Indigenous Art Award

Silas Hobson and Lawrence Omeenyo at the WA Indigenous Art Award

Lockhart River Art Centre acknowledges and thanks Skytrans for providing reduced airfares to Lockhart River Artists travelling to their exhibition openings.






Traditional Dance finds new expression in the Contemporary

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

There is a strong and proud tradition of song and dance in the remote community of Lockhart River on Cape York Peninsula. Lockhart River dance embodies traditional stories, history and cultural truths that are vital to the passing on of culture. Seven of Lockhart’s young people and three Elders showcased and transformed this tradition in Melbourne in September as part of the Wilin Spring Intensive program.

A very exciting partnership between the Lockhart River Art Centre, IDJA Dance Theatre, and the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Cultural Development, Faculty of VCA and MCM, at the University of Melbourne is seeing one of the oldest continuing cultures reinterpreted in unique contemporary forms.

Lockhart’s young dancers engaged in a week-long program of learning contemporary dance, acting, puppetry, mime, voice and sharing traditional dance with local community members. Lead choreographer and 2013 Wilin Artist in Residence Jacob Boehme led the dancers through a process of reinterpreting individual and collective memories into mime and then applied the new contemporary dance techniques the students had learnt to the creation of new work. The result was the development of an exciting and unique dance theatre piece set to be showcased in Lockhart River and beyond in 2015.

Lockhart Elders have embraced these new forms of contemporary expression. Uncle Lawrence Omeenyo, Elder, song man and dancer said, “We have so many dances… we’ve been doing them for a long time, the star dance, dance about hunting and collecting sugar bag, catching bullock and branding them, and the one about Yanthimini – a greedy olfella. Now we are doing modern dance too”. It is through his invitation to this year’s four Indigenous choreographers to Lockhart River in 2014 that this program will continue and be shared with the wider Lockhart River community.

17-year old dancer Franziska Omeenyo said of the week-long Melbourne program, “I get fit and I get the joy of dancing, it’s how I grew up, I just love to dance.” Dance may also be helping to build resilience in Lockhart’s young people. “That’s how we’re comfortable doing whatever else is thrown at us, through dance,” said Omeenyo who has now auditioned and been accepted into the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Art (ACPA) in Brisbane where she will study in 2014.

The trip to Melbourne was also an opportunity to share Lockhart’s proud traditional dance culture with several audiences including at the opening of the Festival of Ideas.

Skytrans continues to provide discounted airfares to the Lockhart River Art Centre, helping to make programs such as this one possible.

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Images copyright and courtesy Jorge de Araujo Photography.

Disability Services appreciative of collective support from Medical and Mobility and Skytrans

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Recalling previous encounters of generosity in supporting people living with a disability Local Area Coordinator with Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, Colleen McRae instinctively contacted Medical and Mobility upon receiving advice of a damaged mobility device utilised by a resident of Lockhart River. Medical and Mobility kindly donated a pre-loved wheelie walker as a replacement in response to Colleen’s enquiry.

Working in an unfunded capacity Ms McRae contemplated the difficulty in transporting the mobility aid to Lockhart River. Thankfully, Skytrans air services demonstrated their strong commitment to supporting remote communities and to people living with a disability, offering to transport the walker to Lockhart River free of charge.

Lockhart River Health Clinic staff collected the mobility aid upon arrival at Lockhart airport, delivering it to its grateful recipient. A great collaborative effort by all involved.

Thank you!

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(Above left) Medical and Mobility staff Peter Saunder, Warehouse Manager (L) and Barry Corner, Managing Director (R)

(Above right) Local Area Coordinator, Colleen McRae, delivering the walker to TOLL freight services for transport to Lockhart River by Skytrans



Courtesy of Colleen McRae

Local Area Coordinator – Disability Services

Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services


Monday, November 5th, 2012

Don’t wait for a disaster to happen before you think about how you and your family are going to survive.


In a major disaster, high winds, rising floodwaters, debris or damaged roads can prevent emergency services from reaching you.

Your community could be isolated and essential services disrupted for up to three days or more.

During a large scale event emergency services will focus on assisting the most vulnerable in the community.

You may not have immediate access to support and will need to rely on the supplies and equipment you have on hand at home.

If you were isolated right now, would you be prepared?


 For more information contact;

Emergency Management Queensland

Community Engagement Officer Christopher Wegger or 40328682






Vote for the RIHP Rubies Hockey Team!

Friday, September 21st, 2012

The Remote and Indigenous Hockey Program (RIHP) is an initiative in conjunction with Hockey Queensland and Hockey Australia, aimed at creating playing opportunities and development pathways for Indigenous youth in remote Queensland regions. By providing greater support and opportunities to Indigenous players, coaches and umpires, the RIHP is also working towards the goal of getting more Indigenous players in state and national squads.

Photo by Hockey Queensland Sep 6, 2012

The North Queensland Rubies team is a celebration of the work and achievement of the RIHP program. As the first Indigenous hockey team to complete internationally (coming in 3rd at the Singapore Sixes competition) and also receiving a nomination for an international Beyond Sport Award, the North Queensland Rubies have gone from strength to strength.

Australian Women’s Health Magazine have now nominated the RIHP North Queensland Rubies for TEAM OF THE YEAR in their WOMEN AND SPORT FEATURE. We’d like to invite you to get on board and support this great team and initiative.  



Skytrans are proud to support the transport of RIHP Program staff throughout remote Far North Queensland


Cape United Represent in Mount Isa

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

On Saturday the 14th of July, a specially selected representative team of players was chosen to represent Cape York in a one-off special rugby league event against a Queensland Outback side at Mount lsa.

With the support of Cape PCYC, the team known as Cape United flew into Cairns from remote communities throughout Far North Queensland for training and team building exercises on the 12th & 13th, before boarding a chartered flight operated by proud sponsor Skytrans to Mount lsa.

The Cape United team, coached by Dave Kennedy bonded well from the start and morale was high prior to the big game, despite the chilly weather! The players and coaching staff also enjoyed watching the Northern Pride defeat the Souths Logan Magpies in a great game and were particularly thrilled that such a high profile game would be played as a “curtain raiser” to their own event.

Unfortunately for the Cape United team, they were not strong enough to come away with a win, going down to the Queensland Outback side in a whitewash finish.

They were able to find satisfaction in the experience however, through realising where the bar was set for them to compete at that level again. Each player left Mount Isa with a commitment and a strong resolve to train harder and improve their game so they can turn the tables next year.

 Article & photo courtesy of Glenn Dennis, CAPE PCYC – Kowanyama


Skytrans Provides Lift for Frontier Services

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

The Managing Director of Skytrans, Simon Wild announced today details of a community partnership with Frontier Services that will strengthen the provider’s network of services and care delivered to remote families across Queensland.

Under the partnership, Skytrans will provide Frontier Services’ staff with flights to remote locations across Queensland to enable the provision of vital services; particularly children’s services for young families and health care in remote communities.

“Skytrans operates to some of Queensland’s most isolated and remote communities and understands

the challenges that people in these communities face on a daily basis, in terms of quality of life. Through our partnership with Frontier Services we feel that we are making a contribution that offers people access to a service that provides social and emotional support to those in need,” he said.

According to Frontier Services Regional Manager, Karen Harvey, the partnership will assist child care workers with the Frontier Services Remote Family Care Service to reach isolated families and provide relief child care for up to three weeks a year.

The Remote Family Care Service works alongside the Frontier Services Remote Area Families Service (RAFS). FiveRAFS teams of trained early childhood specialists travel out to remote properties and communities in four-wheel-drive vehicles, jam-packed with educational toys and activities for the children. They also provide resources, advice and support to the parents.

Frontier Services also has two health care services in Queensland; the Savannah Regional Health Service and the Bollon Bush Nursing Centre. The Savannah Regional Health Service, based out of Georgetown, played an active role in helping the community recover from Cyclone Yasi.

Ms Harvey said that in effect, “The families, who are a long way from mainstream child care services, can access the service when they need it most, for example during shearing, mustering or hardship.

“Being able to access the flights to get our child care workers around the state will make a huge difference. It will give us more flexibility to respond to a family’s request, particularly if there is an urgent need. It will also greatly reduce travel time for the child care workers, many of whom are on the road for weeks at a time.

“We are delighted to begin this partnership with Skytrans that will strengthen the whole region as we work together to support remote Queensland,” she said.


John Dickinson, Frontier Services National Development Manager with Skytrans Managing Director Simon Wild.

Karen Harvey, Frontier Service QLD Regional Manager; Anna Burley, Frontier Services Primary Health Care Nurse & Team Leader of the Savannah Regional Health Service; Steve Jones, Skytrans Commercial Manager of RPT Services; Billy Gordon, Skytrans Community Development Manager.


Skytrans launches its inaugural ‘Social Investments Report’

Monday, July 30th, 2012


On Tuesday 17th July Skytrans officially launched the company’s first ever Social Investment Report. The Social Investment Report will be produced annually and showcases the richness and depth of the company’s giving back to the communities that give to us.

The Skytrans Community Development team has been working on the inaugural report for some time, and are proud to finally launch the document which gives a comprehensive view of the valuable corporate social responsibility work that the company is involved in throughout the state. By making social investments into the delivery of programs, activities and initiatives that support youth development, leadership, sports, health care, education and the arts, we aim to contribute to improving the quality of life that people live throughout remote Queensland. 

From our support of the Taipans and the Northern Pride here in Cairns, to the Mount Isa Rodeo, the Birdsville Races or RFDS primary health care clinics in Coen, we are giving back to communities –and with a combined financial / in-kind contribution of $846,404 in 2011 alone we are certainly punching above our weight!

If you are interested in reading more about the great work we are doing as a company, you can view the 2011 Social Investments Report on the website at or get the latest updates here on the blog.

For further information regarding Skytrans’ social investment work please feel free to contact Skytran’s Community Development team:

Chelly Hewson or Billy Gordon on 07 40406700 /


Pictured are: Dwayne Vale (Taipans), with Billy Gordon (Skytrans) & Peter Harm (Commonwealth Bank, Indigenous Banking Unit).  Steve Jones (Skytrans Commercial Manager), Chelly Hewson (Skytrans) & Robbie Bastion (Parker Travel Collection)


Cessation of Cape York Local Fare Scheme ($99 Fare)

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Skytrans has today been advised by the Qld Department of Transport and Main Roads that the State Government’s ‘Local Fare Scheme’ or commonly referred to $99.00 Fare will cease to be available effective immediately.  This is a decision that has been made by the Department of Transport and Main Roads and not Skytrans.

Skytrans wishes to advise that residents of the Cape York communities of Kowanyama, Pormpuraaw, Aurukun, Northern Peninsula Area, Lockhart River and Coen will be affected.

Skytrans would like to notify members of the traveling public that have existing bookings under the Local Fare Scheme that these bookings will be honoured by Skytrans.  However any changes to existing bookings will be subject to normal fees and charges including the upgrading to the next cheapest available fare.

For further information in regards to existing bookings please contact our office on 1300 759 872.

For further information in regards to the Local Fare Scheme please contact:

The Department of Transport and Main Road’s Aviation Team


Phone: +61 7 3167 4483

Please feel free to contact Skytran’s Community Development Manager Billy Gordon for any information about Skytran’s Service on 07 40406732 / 0458462440.



Kids Living Safer Lives – Term 1 School Holidays

Thursday, May 24th, 2012


 Skytrans has been a generous supporter of the Kids Living Safer Lives (KLSL) Holiday program since its inception in 2008. The holiday program provides in-community diversionary activities for kids either as stand alone activities or as a supplement to other programmed activities with a view to significantly reducing juvenile offending and anti-social behaviour. The heaviest demand on the program falls during the wetter parts of the year – and on this occasion it was the Term 1 (April) school holidays. Due to the late onset of the wet season, the Term 1 holiday program was run as a wet season program as road access to most communities was cut and air travel was the only viable way of accessing those communities.

 During the 2012 April school holidays, Skytrans very kindly sponsored the delivery of some facilitator gear and fruit supplies into the following communities serviced by Skytrans flights – Pormpuraaw, Coen, Lockhart River, Aurukun and the Northern Peninsula Area communities for use as part of the Kids living Safer Lives holiday programs run by AFL Cape York.

 Skytrans carried the gear to the communities at no cost to the program. This report acknowledges that very generous contribution.



All facilitators were able to get their gear into the communities as and when required, which meant that all programs could get underway fully equipped from the outset.

 In addition, in order to match our ‘Eat Healthy’ words with action, the KLSL program supplied large quantities of fruit to the kids through the course of the program and Skytrans kindly carried the fruit supplies at no cost to the KLSL program. This fruit helped sustain the participants through the course of the activities and was well appreciated as evidenced by our young friend from Coen

 Over 8 days of activities, the various activities in the Skytrans serviced communities recorded over 1400 participants.

 On behalf of AFL Cape York, the Kids Living Safer Lives program and the participants, we say yet another big thank you to Skytrans. 

Photo Courtesy of Dominic Johns