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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






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)


The Budgies of Boulia

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Far North Queensland tour operators Sicklebill Safaris offer guided bird and wildlife tours around the Cairns area, throughout Australia as well as too many overseas destinations. Most tours are designed for bird and wildlife enthusiasts whether they are beginners, experienced listers after specific species, or photographers. However, in recent years they have had great success, particularly in Japan, with their Companion Bird Tours which take owners to see their pets’ relatives in the wild.  One of the most popular venues is Boulia where at the right time of year it is possible to see vast flocks of budgies, a popular pet in most parts of the world. During the dry season the lack of water in the surrounding dry country acts like a magnet to the birds in so that they congregate around the towns areas of standing water. Last year there were several hundred roosting in the trees outside the hotel! 

Flying into Mt Isa on Skytrans with their guide, the small groups travel to Boulia where they spend the next few days exploring the local area looking at the birds. Members of the parrot family are popular pets and the Boulia area is home to a large number of them so clients can see wild Cockatiels, Galahs, Little Corellas, Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and Ring-necked Parakeets, all commonly kept pets, here as well. At the end of the tour which lasts only usually lasts 4 days the group returns to Mt Isa and takes the Skytrans flight back to Cairns. 

Companion bird tours are also offered to Cape York where the clients fly Skytrans into either Bamaga or Lockhart River, and further afield around Australia and overseas. The next tour to Boulia is scheduled for early September.