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Dirranbandi Miss Showgirl

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Dirranbandi Showgirls 2014 sThe 2014 Dirranbandi Miss Showgirl competition was held at the Dirranbandi Show on Saturday 12 April. This year’s competition saw 6 entrants from the district who were all very enthusiastic and eager to represent Dirranbandi and the Show Society. In the lead up to the show the entrants sold raffle tickets to raise money for the Show Society, with the fundraising efforts coming in just under $2000. They also promoted the show and encouraged attendance and participation.

Chloe with SkytransThe 2014 Dirranbandi Miss Showgirl title was presented to Chloe Brown, with Rebecca Troy awarded the runner up. Chloe enjoyed the experience of being a showgirl entrant and was delighted to take out the title. Chloe will now go on to represent Dirranbandi at the South West Sub-Chamber on the 28th of June. We wish her all the best at the next level. We would also like to thank Skytrans for their contribution of a return flight to Brisbane for this year’s Showgirl Winner. Skytrans are a great sponsors of local events in our community and we thank them for their continued support.



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.

Doomadgee Fishing Competition

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

IMG_7015-2 (Medium)On Saturday the 22nd of March 2014 the Queensland Police Service Doomadgee Station hosted their annual Fishing Competition. The community of Doomadgee has strong passion for fishing — and took to this year’s competition….like a fish to water! The event is getting bigger and better each year — and this year was certainly no exception.IMG_7212-2 (Medium)

A conglomerate of the community participated in the day’s events —men, women and children — and 160 people officially registered for the competition. Feedback from the local community was overwhelmingly positive — with the community now keen to see more of these events happen each year.

IMG_7283-2 (Medium)Strong support for the competition was also received from local businesses, local and State government organisations. Skytrans provided first prize — a return trip for two persons to Mount Isa.  The lucky winner, Edith Daly, was awarded this fantastic prize for her catch of the day weighing in at 4.7kg.

The department of Indigenous Sport and Recreation provided fishing equipment for second and third place prizes, along with big support from the Doomadgee Roadhouse and local Doomadgee retail store contributing their time and efforts in order to support the event. Prizes were awarded to best male and female adult and best male and female child based on IMG_7226-2 (Medium)weight and length of their catch.  There were also prizes awarded to the best angler who caught the most fish of the day and also a lucky door prize.

IMG_7164-2 (Medium)Hosting such events enables police to interact with the community in a positive manner and to build relationships with influential members of the local community. Moreover, these events highlight the important role Queensland Police play in partnering with all members of the community. To that end — the competition saw a significant decrease in calls for service on the day, in the lead up to and for the days after the competition.

The positive energy generated amongst the community on the day of the competition was palpable — with Police, community, business and families alike united as one in the spirit of competition. Hosting these types of events is proof how the simplest of ideas can unite a community, bring families from various cultural groups together with purpose and bring to life a fun day for everyone.


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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Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy – Tennis clinic Aurukun

Monday, March 31st, 2014

During this school term, the students at the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy, Aurukun Campus have been sharpening up on their tennis skills as part of the Club program. Coach Sam Bradshaw from Tennis Australia flew with Skytrans to Aurukun to run clinics with the local children.

Each child at school was able to have multiple sessions and the teachers also received on the job tennis training. The children loved having ‘Sam from tennis’ play tennis games, teach tennis skills and play with them at lunchtime. The visit was such a success that children wished Sam could stay a few more days to play more tennis. There was even a large turn out of children wanting to say farewell to Sam as he departed from Aurukun airport bound for Cairns.

CYAAA Aurukun Campus extend a heart-felt thank you to Skytrans for committing and helping make the visit possible. With the generous contribution of flights, the CYAAA Aurukun Campus were able to further live out their vision of students orbiting between worlds and having the best of both.

With valued and continual support like this we can certainly hope that there are more opportunities for sports coaches and other experts made available to our children in the future!

I Love Barra Fishing Comp – Burketown

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

The I Love Barra Fishing Comp was held on Valentine’s Day, February 14th 2014 and was a much needed boost to the local community of Burketown, all while celebrating the open season for Barramundi fishing.

Burketown Pub proprietor Peter Clarke handing out the roses

Burketown Pub proprietor Peter Clarke handing out the roses

Fishing competition entrants received a red rose and a I love Barra Burketown sticker which encouraged over 50 locals to enter into the event. The red roses were air freighted by Skytrans who sponsored the event.

Vi Booth weighed in a massive Barra of 8.5KG,  measuring 97cm and took out the $200 first prize in the Women’s category.

Noel Henderson won in the Mens category with his whopping Barra, donating the fillets to the Cook Off.

Matthew Douglas came in second and Brett Harris won third prize.

Vi Booth and her winning Barra 97cm

Vi Booth and her winning Barra 97cm

The Great Burketown Barra Cook Off saw locals donning an apron and cooking up a storm, creating master dishes with the fresh Barra catch.

Councillor Zach Duff showed his culinary skills cooking his Chilli and Lychee Barramundi Wings presented beautifully with cubed rice. Zach wowed the judges and took home the first prize in the comp winning a set of digital scales donated by Harvey Norman Townsville and a Foodie Hamper donated by the Burke Shire Council.

Nicole Ogilvie took out second prize with her original dish of poached Barramundi in Mud Crab Stock served with Saffron and Garlic Aioli, Green Mango and Tamarind Chutney and toasted pine nuts.

Noel Henderson and his winning Barra 95cm

Noel Henderson and his winning Barra 95cm

Amanda Wilkinson came third place with her Lemon Butter Barramundi served with toasted almonds and Steamed vegetables.

Special mention to Debbie Harris, Barry Evans, Garry Jefferies and Neil Kelly who all cooked fabulous dishes for the judges to try. The variety of the meals were a testament to the versatility of Barramundi.

The I love Barra competition was a resounding success and many locals are already talking about the next Fishing Comp to be held in Burketown, The World Barramundi Fishing Championships that is held in Burketown over Easter, with massive prizes up for grabs.

1 Camera 1000 Smiles Aurukun

Thursday, December 5th, 2013
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Photo by Ethel Giblet

Thank you Skytrans for the generous support you provided for the photography program we ran in Aurukun in the September/October school holidays. This program was an enormous success and couldn’t have happened without the return flights provided by Skytrans for the photography teacher, Ricardo Piscioneri.

Geraldine Wolmby, Ric Piscioneri and Ruth Bowenda. Photo by Rowan Marpoondin

Geraldine Wolmby, Ric Piscioneri and Ruth Bowenda. Photo by Rowan Marpoondin

Aurukun children, teenagers, community members and organisations all benefited from this program with 40 young people participating in the photography sessions over the 2 weeks with hundreds and hundreds of photos taken!

Photographer, Ricardo Piscioneri also passed on his thanks to Skytrans for their generosity and support.

Thank you for enabling the children of Aurukun to have this experience of learning photography.

Children's Shadows. Taken by Chelsea Peemuggina

Children’s Shadows. Taken by Chelsea Peemuggina

Words of thanks written by Tess Keam from 1 Camera 1000 Smiles Aurukun








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.

Traditional Dance finds new expression in the Contemporary

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

There is a strong and proud tradition of song and dance in the remote community of Lockhart River on Cape York Peninsula. Lockhart River dance embodies traditional stories, history and cultural truths that are vital to the passing on of culture. Seven of Lockhart’s young people and three Elders showcased and transformed this tradition in Melbourne in September as part of the Wilin Spring Intensive program.

A very exciting partnership between the Lockhart River Art Centre, IDJA Dance Theatre, and the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Cultural Development, Faculty of VCA and MCM, at the University of Melbourne is seeing one of the oldest continuing cultures reinterpreted in unique contemporary forms.

Lockhart’s young dancers engaged in a week-long program of learning contemporary dance, acting, puppetry, mime, voice and sharing traditional dance with local community members. Lead choreographer and 2013 Wilin Artist in Residence Jacob Boehme led the dancers through a process of reinterpreting individual and collective memories into mime and then applied the new contemporary dance techniques the students had learnt to the creation of new work. The result was the development of an exciting and unique dance theatre piece set to be showcased in Lockhart River and beyond in 2015.

Lockhart Elders have embraced these new forms of contemporary expression. Uncle Lawrence Omeenyo, Elder, song man and dancer said, “We have so many dances… we’ve been doing them for a long time, the star dance, dance about hunting and collecting sugar bag, catching bullock and branding them, and the one about Yanthimini – a greedy olfella. Now we are doing modern dance too”. It is through his invitation to this year’s four Indigenous choreographers to Lockhart River in 2014 that this program will continue and be shared with the wider Lockhart River community.

17-year old dancer Franziska Omeenyo said of the week-long Melbourne program, “I get fit and I get the joy of dancing, it’s how I grew up, I just love to dance.” Dance may also be helping to build resilience in Lockhart’s young people. “That’s how we’re comfortable doing whatever else is thrown at us, through dance,” said Omeenyo who has now auditioned and been accepted into the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Art (ACPA) in Brisbane where she will study in 2014.

The trip to Melbourne was also an opportunity to share Lockhart’s proud traditional dance culture with several audiences including at the opening of the Festival of Ideas.

Skytrans continues to provide discounted airfares to the Lockhart River Art Centre, helping to make programs such as this one possible.

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Images copyright and courtesy Jorge de Araujo Photography.

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.