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St. Finbarr’s School Mystery Holiday Fund Raiser

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

St. Finbarr’s School P. & F. Association extend their sincere thanks to Skytrans for its continued generous support of our annual Mystery Holiday fund raiser.

The 2013 Mystery Holiday was our most successful yet, raising just over $8000 for our small school.

St Finbarr’s School in Quilpie is a small, independent school with a current enrolment of 29 students. The P. & F. are responsible for the upkeep of the school grounds, library, tuckshop, as well as supporting teaching staff with classroom resources. The Mystery Holiday, combined with the Fete is our major fund raiser for the year and we are lucky to enjoy very good support by our local community and generous sponsors, such as Skytrans.

Skytrans has been involved with the Mystery Holiday for the past 15 years, and we sincerely appreciate its support.141

Without it, the Mystery Holiday would not be viable.

The 2013 winners of the holiday were Quilpie locals, Ben and Debbie Hall. Ben and Debbie are long time supporters of St. Finbarr’s, with Deb being a champion ticket seller for the school. They are also wonderful community members who work hard and give willingly of their time to many organisations, so we were delighted to see their name pulled out of the barrel.

They enjoyed flights to Brisbane, courtesy of Skytrans, and then 6 nights in Fiji.

Toowoomba Wellcamp Open Day – 24 November 2013

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

November saw an incredible 18,000 people attend the first open day of the new Toowoomba airport.  Called Brisbane West Wellcamp, the new airport is approximately 16 kilometres to the west of Toowoomba’s CBD.

Visitors to the open day were treated to entertainment from the likes of Tania Kernaghan and witness to a spectacular blast of 500,000 tonnes of rock – the largest non-mining detonation in Australia’s history.

Skytrans was proud to be associated with the open day

Skytrans was proud to be associated with the open day

The blasted stone will be used to for further construction of the Wellcamp site.

Skytrans flew a Dash-8 300 aircraft into the half-finished runway and while not being the first aircraft to land, it was the heaviest aircraft to that point.  Five double return tickets were on offer as part of a competition run on the day and visitors were able to get on board and see a plane up close and it was one of the more popular exhibits on the day.


Dirranbandi Hospital Melbourne Cup Luncheon

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
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A young jockey in the making, Clarry Vaughan

The Dirranbandi Hospital Melbourne Cup Luncheon was held again this year with great success. Organised by the Dirranbandi Hospital Auxillary, this luncheon is the only fund raiser for the year and helps raise vital funds to purchase  items that assist with patient care and comfort.

In 2011 comfortable outdoor furniture was purchased for patients and visitors and an arch way for the memorial rose garden. In 2012 enough was raised to purchase a syringe driver to assist the staff as well as a new television for the waiting area for the patients.

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Attending the luncheon, Ada Rilstone

The day turned out to be one of our most successful events yet and enough money was raised to purchase a blanket warmer and television sets and brackets for three wards. Due to the change to digital  and getting the vast boxes the televisions were so old that they were only getting one channel which isn’t much help when you are in hospital.

Thank you very much for the support of the air tickets for the prizes for fashions on the field. The two winners this year were Kristen Murphy and Karina Wilson.

Race goers, Caitlin, Amanda McLean, Kaye Seville and Karena Wilson.

Race goers, Caitlin, Amanda McLean, Kaye Seville and Karena Wilson.

So again a big thank you to Skytrans for their continued support of the Dirranbandi Hospital Melbourne Cup Luncheon.


Quilpie Golf Club Open Weekend

Monday, October 14th, 2013


The annual Quilpie Golf Open Weekend was held again this year on Saturday 31st August and was a huge hit.  Coming on board as a Major Sponsor, Skytrans donated a return flight from Quilpie to Brisbane for two people.  This prize was won by Raymond Hartley.

Golf Club President Al McNall (pictured 3rd from the left) and the Quilpie Golf Club Committee very much appreciate the generous donation and assistance given by Skytrans.

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A Fashionable Fundraiser

Thursday, April 4th, 2013


A great day was had by all at the annual ‘Tracking the Arts Race Day’ on the 8th March 2013 at Clifford Park Race Track.

A popular favourite in the USQ Artsworx season, Race Day is not only a social highlight, but also an important fundraising event for the University’s production house.

Artsworx Manager, Rebecca Scollen said, “a flourishing arts scene is the sign of a healthy community.

Rebecca Scollen and Andrew Mason

Rebecca Scollen and Andrew Mason

Race Day is the only fundraiser for the year making it a real showcase for products and students.

More than 190 people enjoyed the afternoon of fashion, fun, art and auctions showcasing the skills and wares of USQ Creative Arts staff and students.


 Sue Pearson, Peter and Judi Mitchell

Guests enjoyed performances by USQ singers and musicians; had the opportunity to bid on a fabulous range of artworks by USQ Visual Arts Lecturers; and watched Australian artist and McGregor School tutor, Don Milner create a masterpiece for the live auction.

True to race day tradition, the event also included a hotly contended fashions on the field and a fashion parade introducing Carolyn Taylor-Smith’s fabulous new fashion range and styling hats and fascinators by local milliner, Michelle Mingay.


Kate and Alexander Nordang

The event raised close to $8 000 on the day, which will go directly towards the 2013 season assisting in the production of events that involve USQ Creative Arts students, such as the Shakespeare in the Park Festival, Children’s Theatre Week, concerts and visual art exhibitions.

On the day Skytrans proudly donated two air tickets Toowoomba to Sydney to help contribute to the fundraising effort.

C&K Gabbinbar Community Kindergarten Trivia Night

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012


(Pictured L to R – Penny Chandler (Director C&K Gabbinbar Community Kindergarten) & Beck Hooley (Winner of Skytrans Prize) & Baby Lola

(Pictured L to R – Penny Chandler (Director C&K Gabbinbar Community Kindergarten) & Beck Hooley (Winner of Skytrans Prize) & Baby Lola

The C&K Gabbinbar Community Kindergarten recently had its first ever fundraising event which was held on the 17th November 2012. We were delighted when approximately 100 Trivia Buffs ‘battled it out’ to be the 2012 Trivia Champions. To say the competition was ‘fierce’ was an understatement.

Our small but dedicated Fundraising Team had sold almost 1600 multi-draw raffle tickets leading up to the night and at the actual event itself. We were truly impressed with the generosity of local businesses who wanted to be involved with the evening through donations for our multi-draw raffle and auction. The most sought after prize on the evening (thanks Skytrans!) was a return flight for two people from Toowoomba to Sydney. Congratulations goes to Beck Hooley (pictured above) who won the major prize and now just has to decide who else to take on her trip.

Thanks to this outstanding support from local families and businesses, we were able to raise funds in excess of $3000.

Our Kindergarten (of approx. 20 families) has only been open since January this year as a part of the government scheme for providing more opportunities for Queensland children to attend Kindergarten. As we are a not for profit organisation, we rely on fundraising events such as the Trivia Night to provide essential resources and any improvements to the service. We are using the funds raised from our Trivia Night to improve the children’s outdoor eating and play areas which are currently exposed to the elements.

Thanks to the roaring success of this year’s event, we are all looking forward to doing it all over again, bigger and better next year.


Boulia State School Trivia Night & Auction

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Trivia Night this year was another GREAT success!! A lot of planning and effort does go into the night and would not be possible without the ongoing support of the community and other businesses. This year we were blown away by the immense generosity of local people and businesses with their gifts and donations that were auctioned, as well as the purchases made on the night.

One of the mostsought after auction items this year was the amazing donation by Skytrans of flights to the value of $2000!! Simon and Cam Case were the successful bidders on the night and were very excited with their win. Well done Simon and Cam and thank-you Skytrans!

We were able to raise a significant amount of money that will go directly towards the 2013 Snow Camp. Special thanks must go to Miss Muffy for all of her organising and for preparing the challenging trivia questions and to Mr Geoff Norton for being our Auctioneer on the night.


Article & Photos Courtesty of Dan Lindemayer, A/Principal, Boulia State School


Diamonds and Dust!

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

On the 24th November 2012, the township of Boulia came alive once more for the fourth annual Diamonds & Dust Ball. Each year this ball is organized to fundraise for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, who without, Boulia would have extremely limited medical services.

This year is quite special though, as the proceeds are going to Kimberley Cunningham to contribute to her quest for 2013 Isa Rodeo Queen. All of Kimberley’s proceeds will be donated to the RFDS.

A fantastic night was had by all, with over 160 people through the door. The centerpieces fascinated all, young and old, with water crystals (dubbed jelly balls for the evening) still rolling around on the floor the next morning.

The winners of the evening were as follows:

Prince of the Ball -  Connor Hindom

Princess of the Ball  – Charley Hall

Best Dressed Gent  – Ben Brown

Loveliest Lady  – Belinda Thompson

Stud of the Ball  – Jaxon (last name unkownn)

Belle of the Ball - Katelyn (last name unknown)

People’s Choice Award - Sheridan Sarmardin

The winner’s of the lucky door prize, generously donated by Skytrans were William & Yuarna Dean, a local family.

Ann Britton made herself available to take photos for all that wanted to pose and will kindly be donating the proceeds of these sales to the RFDS. Fantastic music was provided by the now infamous Bradley Edgar and the dance floor was full until closing time when the CWA (Jenny Anderson) sold hotdogs for the hungry masses, also in aid of the RFDS. The greatest end to a most fantastic evening.

We look forward to doing it all again next year!




Photos courtesy of Ann Britton.


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