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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.

Cunnamulla Library One Direction Competition

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

At CMA Airport waiting to leaveThe Cunnamulla Library created a competition to encourage more junior and young adult members to attend the library to read, join the reading club and many of the after school/holiday activities we have. This helps keep the kids entertained, get them reading more, which will improve their literacy and therefore improving their job opportunities for the future. The main goal is to get more and more kids coming into the library to borrow books, join the reading club and after school activities, and we’re happy to say it’s working!

Two winners were flown to Brisbane to the State Library, museum, and to a One Direction concert as well! To be in the draw, there was six criteria they had to meet. Which were;Boarding Skytrans Flight

1. Be members of the library.

2. Be participating members of the library – i.e come to the library at least 2 afternoons a week.

3. Return library books on time.

4. Attend school regularly  – 85% of the time.

5. Be good at school – no suspensions, blue cards etc.

6. Write an essay on why they should be chosen to go on the trip.

Dress ups at State LibraryThe lucky winners were Natasha Widgell and Chloe Hatchman.

The trip was a very rewarding one where the girls had a chance to see more of the world outside of their home, Cunnamulla. As a result, Natasha decided to apply for a scholarship through Clayfield College Brisbane to realize her dream of becoming a Marine Biologist or a doctor. She was extremely fortunate in attaining this scholarship! Congratulations Natasha.

While in Brisbane, the girls visited the State Library and learnt more about our history, did a radio interview with Jamie Dunn at 98.9 FM as well as seeing One Direction live in concert!  Radio interview with Jamie Dunn

None of this would of been possible without the generous donation of two return flights to Brisbane from Skytrans, thank you!



Augathella State School P & C Trivia Night

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

November 2013 saw Augathella State School P & C hold their trivia night again. The night was well attended, however due to the continued drought, numbers were down. Still, all who turned up enjoyed the excuse for a bit of frivolity and also competed well not only in the trivia side, but in the auction, and were more than happy to donate their hard earned cash for the multi draw raffle. All in all, a very satisfying result. One which the P & C are extremely happy with, and are hopefull it will make their supporters feel proud that giving a bit makes a huge difference to kids in Augathella.

All funds raised are spent in the most careful way to ensure the greatest benefit possible to the school and children. It is to be a big year for the kids at the school this year, as a trip to Canberra and seeing the snow is going ahead, which will be a first for many of the children who attend.

Skytrans assisted with the donation of flights to raise much needed funds towards the school, like trips to the snow. Augathella State School P & C appreciate the generosity and look forward to continuing the relationship this year as do Skytrans.

Cunnamulla Fella Festival 2012

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

The Cunnamulla Fella Festival is a celebration of the region’s proud pastoral heritage including horse and bull riding, shearing, demonstration of bushmen’s skills, live country music and a carnival atmosphere providing the ingredients for a great outback event. 2012 was no exception and the festival held from 8 to 12 November was one of the most successful yet with record crowds attending.

Skytrans was again a major sponsor of the event and as well as providing a Skytrans travel prize for the event, also provided travel for two international bull riding professionals, John Sneezby and LeRoy Eash from Montana, USA.

Leroy took out the Open Saddle Bronc competition at the Rodeo with 80 points for his first ride and then 77 points for the second.

‘It was a fantastic trip and the Australian cowboys were terrific to be around,’ said LeRoy.

LeRoy also entered the bull ride and then later teamed up with a local farmer to enter the Cunnamulla Fella Challenge which included whip cracking, cross cut sawing, fencing and bale rolling. ‘We didn’t win but it was lots of fun’ he said.

LeRoy said while it was great to win the saddle bronc event, a real highlight was visiting the 300,000 acre sheep station ‘Clover Downs’ and seeing Australian farming first hand. He also got a lesson in sheep shearing! ‘I saw a lot of kangaroos too,’ he said.

LeRoy and John wanted to thank Skytrans for assisting them to get to Cunnamulla.

John called to thank Skytrans and to advise that after 16 take offs and landings from the States to Cunnamulla the flight Brisbane to Cunnamulla was the best. ‘Skytrans is the friendliest and most professional airline I have been on with the best ‘real’ food being served’. John also complimented Skytrans crew on the flight and thought Flight Attendant Jillian Davison was a great ambassador for Skytrans.


Ladies Day…Fifty Shades of Durham Downs Station

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

The truckies radios were abuzz…

’Where are all these ladies going on the roads?’

Blokes have Ag Shows and Rodeos to go to but this weekend was about giving the ladies some of the things that were, well, just for ladies.

This was a day for meeting like-minded rural and remote women, sharing stories, being inspired by guest speakers from around the country and being empowered to take control of their own health and well-being.

Cocktails and coffee, massages and manicures were all crammed into one day, Saturday 10th November – approximately 1400km west of Brisbane at remote Durham Downs Station, located on the Cooper Creek. The only town further west is Innamincka, near the famous Burke & Wills Dig Tree, then next stop Lake Eyre and the Simpson Desert.

The brainchild of Durham Down’s governess, Kristy McGregor, this 20 year old dynamo (with the support of Managers Michelle Reay & Jon Cobb and the Station team), co-ordinated the event – drawing 100 women from Quilpie, Longreach, Charleville, Birdsville areas as well as Northern NSW and SA, with ages ranging from 90 to 14.

 Ladies arrived from up to 10 hours drive away, craving some female company and conversation. With the chance to ‘frock-up’ being rare in the bush, Friday night started with a massive storm, turning the red soil into a mud pie. High heels were very practically traded for boots and thongs, but undeterred, everyone dressed in pink for the Jane McGrath Foundation fundraising cocktail party. Gay Tully from Windorah gave an empassioned speech about being a cancer survivor.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) flew in with their team, offering counselling, pap smears, breast exams and the latest in medical information.

The guest speakers were Robyn Hills, an award winning photographer, helicopter pilot and fashion designer from Caloundra, Qld, who spoke about being creative and passionate about life, while sharing her photographs for visual inspiration.

Acclaimed author Meme McDonald shared her journey of being raised in the bush and becoming a writer. She encouraged the women to document their resilience and life in the outback.

Ana Snyman flew in from Byron Bay and got a packed house to her presentation on understanding how your body works, demystifying the female anatomy and giving excellent practical advice on improving your sex life. The women attending commented that they never realized how much they didn’t know and were grateful for the opportunity to have an open discussion about what works and how to improve, which is sure to please their partners after staying home to look after the children.

Travelling from Perth, Stephanie Coombes, a ringer in WA, shared her passion of social media. Women learned about Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, and using a blog to network and communicate rural activites.

Lyn Barnes is a well-known Australian artist with a gallery in Quilpie.

Women were given the opportunity to dabble in some art by contributing to a group painting under her guidance. She created a scene depicting a stockwoman wearing a pink workshirt, which was then auctioned for the RFDS and Jane McGrath Foundation.

The weekend would not be possible without the support of Bulloo Shire Council, Desert Channels Queensland, Regional Arts Development Fund, Drill Search, Mighty Leaf Tea and Skytrans.

Some of the comments of the feedback forms were:

  • My cheeks are sore from laughing so much
  • Have made fabulous new friends
  • Feel totally rejuventated and ready to go back to the station
  • Finally got to talk to another woman
  • I drive 600km for my husband, I drive 600km for my children, but I never drive 600km for myself – so decided to come
  • Are we having another one next year?


Article coutesy of Kristy McGregor & Michelle Reay of Durham Downs Station

Photo’s courtesy of Robyn Hills



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






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)


2012 Cunnamulla Miss Showgirl

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

This year marks the 58th annual Cunnamulla Show, with eight lovely show girl entrants.  Since early this year the entrants have been carrying out a variety of fundraising events, promoting the show and selling tickets to the Cunnamulla Show ball, which was held on the 19th of May.Thank you to Skytrans and Grand Mercure Apartments Twin Waters for being the major sponsors of our Show Girl Awards.

The Miss Showgirl Awards had eight final contestants this year: Olivia Taylor, Grace Patterson, Tarna Rogers, Katrina Osborne, Jana Burey, Danielle Clow, Samantha Darcy & Tina Morris.

The girls participated in a series of community events including ‘Fashions of the Field’ at our local ANZAC day races, cake stalls, selling tickets for raffles and the Cunnamulla Show Ball, meet and greet evening dinner, individual interviews, and various public speaking events.  At each event our four judges; Melissa Bryan, Amy McKenzie, Josephine Clark and Cr Mayor Lindsay Godfrey, were scoring the girls on their personality, local knowledge, deportment, public speaking abilities.

The judges stated that this year’s entrants were quiet knowledgeable in their local show and community surroundings and had quite a task in picking a winner, however after much deliberation, awards went to –

Olivia Taylor              2012 Miss Showgirl Personality

Katrina Osborne       2012 Miss Charity (who raised $1628)

Katrina Osborn         2012 Miss Show Girl Runner-up

Danielle Clow           2012 Miss Show Girl Awards Winner

Danielle Clow is 19 year old Hassad Jillaroo, who works on a local property approximately 70kms out of Cunnamulla.  Danielle moved here from near Orange NSW. Danielle states that her experience as a show girl entrant was a great way to meet other young ladies in the community and also to get to know the community better.

Danielle will now compete at the South West Regional Miss Show Girl Awards on the 23rd June in Chinchillia.

On behalf of our 2012 Miss Show Girl winner Danielle Clow and the Cunnamulla and District Show Society, I would like to thank Skytrans for the their wonderful major prize donation for this years’ Miss Show girl winner.  Without generous donations from the likes of Skytrans and Grand Mecure Apartments, as well as the support and donation from local Business houses, these Awards would not be possible.

Flight with Skytrans – Experience of Franziska Steinicke – Tourism Marketing Intern at Out the Back Australia, Cunnamulla

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

My experience with Skytrans

Last year I decided to complete an internship at Out the Back Australia, a tour operator which guarantees the real Outback experience and that is located in Cunnamulla. Of course I was really excited so I prepared everything carefully for my 6-month-stay in the Outback.

The real Australian adventure started soon: It was the 3rd of February when I arrived in Brisbane for a stop-over before travelling to Cunnamulla. The atmosphere and the sights including the famous South Bank of Brisbane caught my interest immediately so I enjoyed wonderful days in the biggest city of Queensland.

After staying two nights in the YHA in Brisbane I packed my bags for the next stage.  Therefore I had to wake up very early in the morning. It was 5.30 am when I checked-out and said goodbye to Brisbane in order to get my flight with Skytrans at 07.45 am to get to my next home for the next months. At first I was a little bit worried about the flight because I guessed that it might be a very small plane. But as you will read later in this article my worries were not justified – quite the contrary!

So I went to the Check – In point of Skytrans where I talked to a nice woman.  She gave me the boarding pass and showed me directly the way to the gate that I achieved very easy and comfortable and without any problems.  Because the boarding time was not until 07.30 am I decided to have a hot chocolate at the gate and to relax before the flight departs.  So after the drink I gave my boarding pass to the women of the ckeck-in point so that I could go through the tunnel which led directly to the aircraft of Skytrans.



The aircraft was not as small as I expected at first so I was really relieved and happy. It looked very safe instead. In the aircraft I was friendly greeted by the attendant Gilian Davison (picture below) and the captain Scott Heywood (picture below) as well as by his co-pilot Jordan Frazer. They also familiarized the passengers very straight with the safety instructions and all necessary information. Gilian was very polite and asked us the entire flight if we would like to have some drinks so I never felt thirsty at all. She also gave us a breakfast with a delicious fruits salad. Later this day we all got another meal with a Muffin and some crisps.

The flight was also very calm and comfortable. There were not a lot of turbulences as I had expected before.  Although I had to fly more than 7 hours it has never got boring. Gil gave us little snacks and drinks as well as a headset so that we could watch a series on the screens.  We needed 7 hours to arrive in Cunnamulla because of the flood entering the area these days so that our captain decided to change the flight route. We stopped at first at Thargomindah and Windorah instead of Cunnamulla but because of the service on board it was alright.



 The flight was absolutely comparable with an international one except the nice view I could enjoy because the aircraft did not fly too high. As you can see I took a lot of nice pictures especially of the flood and water that gave me really an impression what I would expect in the Outback.



All in all, it was really a great experience to fly with Skytrans that I have never experienced in this way in my life before – the little airports in the Outback, the nice views and the friendliness of the crew are really unforgettable!