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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.

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.


Taipans Turn on the Heat in Charleville

Monday, July 30th, 2012

The Cairns Taipans in conjunction with Skytrans braved the cold in Charleville earlier this month to help promote the “Dunk not Drunk” program co-ordinated by Senior Constable of Charleville Police Michael Maguire.

With over 40 kids attending both days of the “Dunk not Drunk” program, they were not only exposed to basketball skills and drills but also educated the youths on the importance of having a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Veteran Dusty Rychart, rookie Cameron Gliddon, development player Matthew Adekponya and Community Operations Manager Dwayne Vale spent the week in Charleville putting the local kids through their paces and even participated in the prestigious 3 on 3 competition held as the finale to the “Dunk not Drunk” program.


“It was fantastic to have the guys out here” said Senior Constable Maguire.  “Charleville is obviously a very small place, only having the population of 2500 people and to get professional national basketball league players to spend the week out here with the kids, it’s just a phenomenal effort from the Taipans and Skytrans to co ordinate this sort of visit”

“The guys were fantastic with the kids and made the effort to make each one of them feel special throughout the clinic, the parents and the community in general couldn’t of been happier with their involvement”

Asked whether the team would be invited back to Charleville in the future Maguire had a simple answer.  “In a heartbeat” a quickly spoken Maguire said.  “We hope the Taipans visiting can be an annual event and we also hope our relationship with Skytrans and the Taipans continues to prosper in the years to come”

Community Relations Manager for Skytrans Clare Nash who also made the trip to Charleville along with the Taipans said the relationship with Charleville was an important one for Skytrans and knew the impact of the Taipans players visiting would do wonders for future endeavours.  “We have had flights coming into and out of Charleville for 3 years now and have been trying to find a way to connect with the local community” said Nash.

“When Michael (Maguire) contacted me about the basketball clinic he was looking to put on, I immediately thought of the Taipans involvement and they agreed to participate in the program straight away”

“Dusty, Cam and Matty were fantastic ambassadors for not only Taipans but for Skytrans as well and I was so pleased with the way they threw themselves into everything”

Veteran of the Skytrans Cairns Taipans Dusty Rychart said he was humbled by the attention and gratitude shown by the Charleville public.  “It’s a bit overwhelming to tell you the truth” said the quiet Rychart.

“The kids were fantastic. They soaked up everything we spoke about during the clinics and even gave us some pointers on what to do once our day was over.”

Rychart said fishing was on the charts, but was a little too cold for his liking.  “We got offered to go fishing while we were out there, but I didn’t even think twice about it with it being -3 outside” laughed Rychart.

“We really enjoyed the week and look forward to getting back out there next year, it’s something I believe everyone should experience”



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 Betoota Horse & Motorbike Gymkhana

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

The Annual Betoota Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana were held during the weekend of 14-15 April. With a population of ‘zero’ this town stands alone in the middle of a vast bigger plain approximately 700 kms from Charleville, 170 kms from Birdsville and 230 kms west of Windorah.

It is a great time for all the properties around the area to get together and show off their horsemanship and motorbike skills against each other and socialise with their neighbours from far afield.

Another gymkhana has been and gone, with the horses nearly extinct and motorbikes’ growing at a steady pace, the weekend was a lot of fun. For those who were there made the weekend fantastic, whether a spectator or competitor.

Thank you to our sponsors who continue to support our weekend. Our major sponsor for the weekend is Skytrans and the committee is truly grateful for their special support for without this the Gymkhana would cease to exist.

It was a day of fun for all. The kids had a fantastic time competing against the adults and at times the kids came out on top.

Saturday evening kicked on until midnight with music and a fantastic auction. Many thanks to all of those who were bidding and made our auction the success it was. Highest paid auction item on the night was for the Skytrans return flight for two from Charleville to Brisbane and was purchased by Nadine & Jacinta Fatnowna.

Skytrans Auction Winners Nadine & Jacinta Fatnowna.

Congratulations to our Leading Horse Riders -

10yrs & under……………………Eboni Lorenz, Durrie Station

15 yrs & under……………………Aaron Maunsell, Jundah

Encouragement Award………Jesse Lorenz, Durrie Station

Congratulations to our Leading Motorbike Riders -

8 – 11 yrs…………………………..Dylan Brunner, Windorah

12- 15yrs……………………………Aaron Maunsell, Jundah

Encouragement Award……….Jacob Kath, Mt Leonard

Open Rider…………………………Nick Dillon, Birdsville


RFDS Highlights the Sensitive Issue of Men’s Health

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) recently held a series of free Men’s Health Events throughout South Western Queensland to highlight and provided information about the importance of men’s health issues. The events were organised by the RFDS Charleville Base and took place in Charleville on the 29thof May and in Birdsville & Thargomindah on the 30th of May.

Former Test Cricketer and ambassador for Andrology Austraila, Merv Hughes was secured as spokesperson for the events, to encourage men to talk about their “tackle”. It was a great opportunity for the community to have a yarn about cricket, but also to think about the information provided and seek out appropriate health care.

Skytrans also came on board to encourage community participation, by providing a lucky door prize of a free return trip to Brisbane, at each event.




               Cr Jody Barr with Merv Hughes in Birdsville




Charleville St Mary’s Family Race Day

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The Inaugural St Mary’s Family Race Day was a resounding success with over 200 race goers, dressing up and hitting the Charleville Race Course last Saturday. Tickets to ‘The Grand Marquis sold out on Saturday morning. Shaded under a marquee dressed with luscious greenery, paper lanterns and white linen; 120 guests enjoyed a very generous drinks package, hot and cold canapés, a free baby-sitting service and their very own marquee fashions on the field prizes.  Michelle Davis travelled from Roma to support her friends on staff at the school saying “The teachers have worked so hard to pull this off with a single goal of sending the Year 7′s on camp to Canberra, the children are their top priority and what they have pulled off today is nothing short of spectacular”.

Patrons in the general arena didn’t miss out either. There were children’s activities, a drama workshop, best dressed lady, man and family prizes, a fathers fascinator making competition, bar and food services and of course the betting arena and a 5 race program including the grand finale; The St Mary’s Cup.

At sundown an auction saw many generous people digging deep for items such as original artwork, signed sporting paraphernalia and a plethora of Moody Racing merchandise. A late license and DJ saw guests dancing well into the evening with a midnight shut down.

Peta Wade (Principal of St Mary’s School) says “She was overwhelmed with the generosity of sponsors in the lead up to their event along with the support from staff, parents and locals on the day”. Although final costings and figures were not available at time of printing Ms. Wade believes that the committee will go close to their original fundraising goal.

Locals have spent the week congratulating the race day committee on their efforts and it seems this inaugural event will hopefully become a permanent fixture on the Charleville social calendar.


Skytrans sponsored the Augathella Cultural Association with their major fundraising event in December

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Skytrans sponsored the Augathella Cultural Association with their major fundraising event in December last.

Augathella Cultural Assn is a non-profit organisation supporting the arts and community services and operates from the Augathella Arts and Visitors Centre.  The Centre has been operating for approximately 10 years.

The exhibition and major fundraising event in December included the ‘Burenda Tales’ exhibition which depicted the life in an around Augathella with a focus on Burenda station in the late 1800s.   Some of the exhibition will become a permanent art display in the Visitors Centre and other paintings were available for sale.

About 140 people attended the successful evening and half of the paintings exhibited were sold with funds going towards the continual upkeep of the Art Centre.

The major prize was a return trip for two from Charleville to Brisbane and this was won by David Bamford who is planning his trip in the next couple of months.

The photo attached

L to R
Artist Susan McConnel, Mayor Murweh Shire,  Mark O’Brien, Artist Trish Arden, Artist Bill Cox