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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.

Quilpie is Qualified!

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

From Friday, 21st March until Monday, 24th March the Quilpie community had the opportunity to participate in a range of courses including Bronze Medallion, AUSTSWIM, Pool Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR and Low Voltage Rescue. Alina Graham, a qualified instructor from Brisbane flew out to Quilpie to conduct these courses and said it was a huge success with everyone involved thoroughly enjoying the days whilst gaining invaluable skills.

Without the ongoing support from Quilpie Shire Council and Skytrans, who provide complimentary transportation of the CPR mannequins, these valuable courses would not be offered in outback communities like Quilpie.

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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.

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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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






Quilpie Digger’s Race Club Presents 2012 Pride of the West Race Meeting

Friday, November 2nd, 2012


Imagine the thunder of hooves enveloped in a haze of dust; out of the red haze appears a cluster of speed, muscle and sheer determination. Horses fully stretched, jockeys straining with mouths closed to keep out the dirt. The crowd closes in, watching and listening to the racing commentator whose enthusiasm belies the fact that he has no idea either. If you are watching and listening to this, it must be September and you must be in Quilpie.

Perhaps you have just witnessed the Grocer’s Gallop, the first of four sprints that make up the Quilpie Digger’s Race Club Pride of the West Race Meeting, a unique day of bush racing where the only stipulation regarding horseflesh is that it must not be a registered racehorse and likewise, no registered jockeys or trainers either. Station horses race throughout the day over four hundred metres; the locals will tell you to back the jockeys not the horses. Well supported by the community, the race programme features races such as The Cattle Carter’s Classic, The Bulloo River Bolt and the Wool Grower’s Wager, with successful competitors vying for the chance to race off in the final to be The Pride of the West.

Quilpie always caters to the crowd: it is great to be on course early to enjoy the Race Committee’s Welcome Drinks and mix with visitors and locals alike. Fashions of the Field are hotly contested throughout the afternoon, the Bulloo Park turf dazzling with colour, stunning millinery and death defying heels. The 2012 Pride of the West featured The Bristol Car Club of Australia with nine beautiful old Bristols on display and their proud owners enjoying the renowned Quilpie hospitality. For the racing tragic, sky channel betting is available with bookies on course and a local tote. The Calcutta run before the Pride of the West is a spectacle in itself with all the theatre and excitement only a bush auction can provide.


When the horses have been fed and stabled for the night, the party really kicks off with a great band and the bar open till late; for those not too sore from their big day’s racing, there is still time to retrieve their pride and prove themselves on the dance floor.


Skytrans have been great supporters of the Quilpie Digger’s Pride of the West and the Race Club would like to acknowledge their strong support over the years and sincerely thank them for their generosity and commitment. Their sponsorship prize of a return ticket for two is much sought after and is always a great drawcard for the Race Club. Many of our visitors fly out for the meet, either into Quilpie or Thargomindah and it is wonderful to have this reliable air service so our city cousins are able to experience what is quite simply, true bush racing.


© Kylie Rutledge October 2012


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)


Quilpie Students Qualify for Primary State Swimming Competition

Friday, May 4th, 2012

On Friday 23rd March Nick and Asha packed their bags and headed off to Brisbane to Chandler Aquatic Centre for the State Swimming. Nick was entered in the 100m freestyle and backstroke and the 50m freestyle and backstroke. Asha was entered in the 50m Breaststroke.

This was the first time either student had made the Regional team. A lot of training and preparation went into getting ready for this event. David, Nick’s father, as the pool Lessee for Quilpie and Swim coach for the swimmers had them as fit and prepared as they needed to be.

We boarded the plane with Captain Mark Davies and Hostess Gillian Davison keen to get us comfortably to our swimming event.

Thanks to Skytrans and their sponsorship of our tickets, we arrived in one afternoon instead of 12 hours driving. This helped in our preparation so we weren’t so travel weary on arrival in Brisbane.


On Saturday afternoon we went to Chandler for our team photos.

 Our South West team was made up of swimmers from all over our region from Quilpie to Chinchilla and St George to Tambo.                            

On Sunday we had our march past around the pool and got to see the rest of the competitors. We had a warm up in the pool which is nearly double the length and width of our Quilpie pool. When everyone was warming up there were approximately 600 swimmers in the pool, more than the population of our town. We think the Chandler complex itself was probably larger than Quilpie town too.

Nick and Asha both competed in the relay teams on the Sunday. This was a great introduction to the pool and its surroundings.

Nick began his races Monday. His first race was the 100m freestyle & he swam 1:16.17 a 7.5 second PB coming 12th overall.

On Monday afternoon Nick swam his second race the 50m backstroke & swam 40.16 to qualify 9th for the Final out of 49 swimmers, in the final he swam 39.46 & finished 9th achieving a 3 second PB.

On Tuesday Nick swam the 100m backstroke. He achieved a 6 second P.B in a time of 1:26.32 and qualified 6th for the final, in the final he swam 1:25.86 and finished 7th achieving another Personal Best time.

Asha swam her 50m race on Tuesday and came 7th in her heat and 14th overall in her Breaststroke. She also achieved a P.B of 47.97 seconds.

On Tuesday afternoon Nick swam his 50m freestyle. He achieved another P.B and came 24th in this event. Nick competed in 8 events and achieved 8 PB’s.

Overall Nick and Asha had a wonderful experience and it was great to see these kids from the bush up there competing with their peers and swimming their best.

 Thank you Skytrans, for providing our kids a chance to swim their best, at the State Primary Schools Competition for 2012.