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Yamba the Honeyant’s BrilliANT Roadshow

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Yamba Roadshow LogoFor the past three years, early childhood audiences in remote communities and towns of the Northern Territory and Queensland have been learning about the importance of healthy lifestyles with the aid of an immensely popular television character, Yamba the Honeyant.

Based in Alice Springs, Imparja Television’s mascot, Yamba, and best friend Jacinta Price have performed to over 8000 children*. They spread positive health messages in a fun and entertaining way as part of the Local Community Campaign to Promote Better Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program called Yamba’s Roadshow. Yamba Jacinta Chuck02s

The roadshow musical performances feature original songs, dance and actions. They are presented promoting proper nutrition and hygiene, regular physical activity, trachoma prevention, ear and nose health, and the use of primary health care services.

A set of 15 animated television presentations featuring Yamba and encouraging healthy lifestyle behaviours have also been produced. These have been used as Community Service Announcements on Imparja Television reaching an estimated viewing audience of nearly 1,000,000 as well as on the popular preschool show Yamba’s Playtime which was broadcast Australia wide on GO! Roadshow Updates are also broadcast on Imparja, featuring where the duo have visited and performed.

Maranoa KINDY Roma sWaterbottles and toothbrushes are given to the preschoolers and resources such as the roadshow musical CD, ‘stay healthy and strong’ posters and colouring in pages are given to schools, teachers, parents, carers and health workers to follow up on the messages presented.

Recently, Yamba’s Roadshow visited South West Queensland again. Charleville, Quilpie, Thargomindah, Cunnamulla, Bollon, St George, Surat, Roma, Toowoomba and Millmerran all enjoyed Yamba and Jacinta’s visit to their town.

Skytrans kindly sponsored flights for the roadshow from Brisbane to various towns in the South West. Skytrans will also sponsor flights for when the Roadshow crew fly throughout the Gulf of Carpentaria in May/June. Yamba Jacinta Skytranss

Yamba and Jacinta would like to sincerely thank Skytrans for their support and contributing towards raising awareness within communities that chronic disease conditions are preventable, and encouraging them to use health services.

*From February 2011 to end of March 2014.

I Love Barra Fishing Comp – Burketown

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

The I Love Barra Fishing Comp was held on Valentine’s Day, February 14th 2014 and was a much needed boost to the local community of Burketown, all while celebrating the open season for Barramundi fishing.

Burketown Pub proprietor Peter Clarke handing out the roses

Burketown Pub proprietor Peter Clarke handing out the roses

Fishing competition entrants received a red rose and a I love Barra Burketown sticker which encouraged over 50 locals to enter into the event. The red roses were air freighted by Skytrans who sponsored the event.

Vi Booth weighed in a massive Barra of 8.5KG,  measuring 97cm and took out the $200 first prize in the Women’s category.

Noel Henderson won in the Mens category with his whopping Barra, donating the fillets to the Cook Off.

Matthew Douglas came in second and Brett Harris won third prize.

Vi Booth and her winning Barra 97cm

Vi Booth and her winning Barra 97cm

The Great Burketown Barra Cook Off saw locals donning an apron and cooking up a storm, creating master dishes with the fresh Barra catch.

Councillor Zach Duff showed his culinary skills cooking his Chilli and Lychee Barramundi Wings presented beautifully with cubed rice. Zach wowed the judges and took home the first prize in the comp winning a set of digital scales donated by Harvey Norman Townsville and a Foodie Hamper donated by the Burke Shire Council.

Nicole Ogilvie took out second prize with her original dish of poached Barramundi in Mud Crab Stock served with Saffron and Garlic Aioli, Green Mango and Tamarind Chutney and toasted pine nuts.

Noel Henderson and his winning Barra 95cm

Noel Henderson and his winning Barra 95cm

Amanda Wilkinson came third place with her Lemon Butter Barramundi served with toasted almonds and Steamed vegetables.

Special mention to Debbie Harris, Barry Evans, Garry Jefferies and Neil Kelly who all cooked fabulous dishes for the judges to try. The variety of the meals were a testament to the versatility of Barramundi.

The I love Barra competition was a resounding success and many locals are already talking about the next Fishing Comp to be held in Burketown, The World Barramundi Fishing Championships that is held in Burketown over Easter, with massive prizes up for grabs.

The Burke Shire community celebrates at the Burketown Bloc Party

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The Burketown Bloc Party held on Saturday the 19th of OCT was a major success with over 300 people from the community coming out to celebrate the recent milestones in the community.

DSC_0048smThe event kicked off at the Gregory Downs Hotel with local residents joining in the festivities with the Hon. Bob Katter MP who joined in the convoy from Gregory to Burketown. The convoy stopped off at the Doomadgee turn off for the Burke Shire Councils’ celebration of the newly sealed Wills Developmental Road.

The community enjoyed the live music by Bob Marshall and his band – Essentially Country. They were later joined by John Turner who jammed with the band.

The Burketown Gift had many of the locals participating but Brett Hills took out the trophy effortlessly!DSC_0325sm

Amanda Yanner won the women’s category. Burketown Gift organiser Cheryl Portch said that she was amazed at the amount of nominations as the community was eager to get involved to take home the $300 prize money!

The Burketown students Hip Hop Performance stole the show with 10 kids coming out and performing the rap that they workshopped with DJ and producer Nick Grace. Trish Ringrose from Ringrose Transport recited a poem about the challenges of starting a freight company and the trials that Owen Ringrose overcame to get supplies into Burketown along the unsealed roads.

The Hon. Bob Katter MP officially opened the Burketown Pub and celebrated well into the night mingling and chatting with the locals. Burketown publicans were very happy with the attendance and the pub is now officially open for business!

DSC_0247smMany locals commented that it was the best event Burketown has ever seen and you could tell by the well behaved and smiling crowd!

Burke Shire Council’s Mayor Ernie Camp said “The Bloc Party was a great reinforcer to me as to why I think Burke Shire is a great place to live – the positive, laidback atmosphere, the genuine friendliness and sense of happiness amongst all the attendees and the strong community spirit. An enthusiastic crowd enjoyed the footraces, great music from local bands and DJ Nick Grace.  It was a fantastic night for young and old to enjoy and I would like to commend the community’s behaviour which made this a safe, family friendly event.”

The event manager, Nicole Ogilvie would like to thank all of the locals who rolled up their sleeves and helped to put on a memorable event “ If it was not for the sponsors and the volunteers this event would not have been possible, it is a tribute to the strong community spirit that exists in small tight knit communities.”DJ and Producer Nick Grace coaching the Burketown Students Hip Hop Performance

The small town of Burketown is still buzzing from the celebrations and are all asking – ‘When can we do it again?!’

The Burke Shire Arts & Craft Show

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

The bi-annual Burke Shire Arts and Craft show was a massive success proving that the community of Burketown are extremely creative and have very deep pockets. 

There were plenty of entries in all of the categories with cooking, horticulture, needlework, painting, drawing and photography proving popular favourites. 

Kylie Camp from Floraville Station took out the Grand Champion prize in the cooking category for her chocolate cake entry. Doug Jones from Burketown took out the Horticulture prize for his sunflower entry. Vi Booth won the needle craft category with her intricate stitched tapestry. The grand champion in the painting and drawing section was Larissa Lauder from Gregory, with her painting of The Mount Clere Cliffs, which also won the people’s choice award and stirred up the bidders in the auction raising over $2500 for Charity. Larissa won a $50 voucher for Art de Joux. Local resident and event organiser Madison Marshall won the grand champion prize for her black and white photo of the cemetery taking home the $200 Frame World prize. Local kids Ryan and Anna Bunyan from Gregory Downs Station entered into the Veggie Art Category with Ryan taking home the kids horticulture kit for his creative entry depicting a race track. Anna won first prize for her poetry entry. 

Larissa Lauder winning painting ''The Mount Clere Cliffs''

Larissa Lauder winning painting ”The Mount Clere Cliffs”

There were heaps of great prizes up for grabs that were donated by local businesses in Mt Isa, Cloncurry and Burke Shire, including Frame World Mt Isa, Brodie Hardware, Cloncurry Pharmacy, Isa Creative Fabrics, K-Mart, Bunnings, Art Du Joux, The Irish Club, Whims and Wishes, Buffs Club and many more. 

The entries were judged by a panel of local art and craft aficionados including, Ian and Kerre Taylor who work at Savannah Lodge and the Bakery, Fred Aqvilin from Melbourne, Cr. Tracey Forshaw, Nicole Ogilvie from Brisbane, Tess Arnold from Gregory Downs, Cheryl Clark from The Burketown Pub, Joey Campbell the principal from Burketown State School and Di Phillips the matron from the Burketown Hospital. All of the judges had a hard time picking the winners from each category as the quality of entries across the boards were of a very high calibre. Local Mayor Ernie Camp announced the winners at the presentation. 

Vi booth won the Skytrans lucky door prize and was happy to collect the return flights. Over $6000 was raised for the Flying Doctors and the Burketown Kindergarten on Saturday at the Arts and Craft Show auction with locals digging deep for charity. 

Local Business woman Amanda Wilkinson from Savannah Lodge had her eye on the Noel Henderson painting – which was a strong piece resulting in the auctioneers hammer coming down once the bid hit $1300. 

Skytrans prize winner Vi Booth with Burketown Mayor, Ernie Camp

Skytrans prize winner Vi Booth with Burketown Mayor, Ernie Camp

Another local resident who wishes to remain anonymous took home a painting by Gregory resident Larissa Lauder for $2500. The auction was held by Burketown Councillor Zach Duff, who whipped the crowd into a frenzy, encouraging them to dig deep. 

All in all, the event was well attended and was a major success – the residents of Burketown show that while they may be small in numbers – they are certainly big of heart.

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






Karumba Sports Carnival – Gulf Hockey Competition

Monday, October 8th, 2012

The Gulf Hockey Competition was held last month from 18 – 20 September, as part of the Karumba Festival of Sport.

Over 120 Students were in attendance from Georgetown, Distance Ed, Croydon, Normanton, Burketown & Karumba, as well as Development officers from the Remote & Indigenous Hockey Program (RIHP), who conducted workshops and training with senior and junior players, as well as local coaches.

Congratulations must go to the Gulf Hockey winners; Junior Competition winners were Normanton, and Senior Competition winners were Gulf Christian College (Normanton) defeating the runner up Georgetown in a very close and high quality final.

16 young locals were also selected by the RIHP talent identification team, who will have the opportunity to travel to Cairns for a specialist hockey development camp.

Skytrans is proud to support the RIHP who continue to provide pathways and development opportunities for young people from communities across North Queensland.


Burketown Hockey Team


Junior Competition Winners                                      Senior Competition Winners


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


Skytrans increases support of Gulf Savannah Development

Friday, September 21st, 2012

The managing director of Skytrans, Simon Wild, has announced that the airline will increase its in-kind support of Gulf Savannah Development with a two year agreement valued at $14,000 in flights.

Since 2010 Skytrans has supported the organisation with flights equivalent in value to $5000 per year.

Rob Macalister, CEO of Gulf Savannah Development said it is great to see Skytrans coming on board with increased sponsorship that will underpin the future success of its small business service.

“Skytrans support will make it easier to get our business mentors into the field and provide valuable, personal advice. The Gulf Savannah is a region of economic growth and the small business service is helping our business community take advantage of the many opportunities that are emerging in our part of the world.

“Latest ABS statistics show that the Gulf Savannah economy enjoyed strong growth between 2009 and 2011 with the total number of businesses increasing by almost 10 per cent. In addition there was a whopping 89 per cent increase in businesses employing over 20 employees. Similarly, businesses turning over more than $500,000 per annum increased by 33 per cent in the same period,” said Mr Macalister.

According to Mr Macalister the growth phase, in spite of the Global Financial Crisis, was initiated on the back of extensive government investment in Gulf infrastructure that included the replacement of the Einasleigh River bridge, sealing of the Karumba airstrip and various road upgrades.

Mr Wild said he is confident Skytrans increased support will help Gulf Savannah Development in its quest to further develop population and economic growth in the Gulf of Carpentaria and while reinforcing its message that the Gulf Savannah is well and truly ‘open for business’.

“We know the value of doing business face to face, particularly in remote areas – and trust that our provision of flights will go a long way to heightening the success of Gulf Savannah Development’s ‘small business’ initiative,” he said.

Mornington Island Mayor Bradley Wilson, Burke Shire Mayor Ernie Camp, Skytrans’ Steve Jones and Carpentaria Shire Mayor Fred Pascoe at the Gulf Savannah Development Board Meeting in Cairns.

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)