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Aurukun Art Centre Trip to Melbourne Sponsored by Skytrans

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
Art Centre Manager Dev Lengjel and artist Garry Namponan wait for their flight to Melbourne.

Art Centre Manager Dev Lengjel and artist Garry Namponan wait for their flight to Melbourne.

This trip was to attend the opening of Aurukun Art at the Gabrielle Pizzy Gallery in Fitzroy, Melbourne Victoria.

Whilst in Melbourne Garry and Dev visited the NGV and the Ian Potter gallery. During this visit they saw one of Garry’s earliest work. Meeting the Curator for indigenous art also delivered a memorandum of understanding that the NGV will look at any culturally significant works for inclusion into their collection.

Artist Garry Namponan at Work

Artist Garry Namponan at Work

At the Pizzy Gallery we needed to deal with some challenges that carving in the tropics brings. Lucky to have a master artist to take care of these issues.

This was a very important trip for the art centre as it gave the manager an insight into the industry close up and the artist a feeling of what the fine art market is like.To visit the NGV was a very important visit as future collaborations are envisioned.

Small Dog by Roderick Yunkaporta and Large Ku by Garry Namponan

Small Dog by Roderick Yunkaporta and Large Ku by Garry Namponan

Thank you Skytrans for making this possible. Funding has been slashed in the art sector and without corporate sponsorship such as your’s we would not be able to undertake such valuable trips that support culture and community.




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Disability Services appreciative of collective support from Medical and Mobility and Skytrans

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Recalling previous encounters of generosity in supporting people living with a disability Local Area Coordinator with Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, Colleen McRae instinctively contacted Medical and Mobility upon receiving advice of a damaged mobility device utilised by a resident of Lockhart River. Medical and Mobility kindly donated a pre-loved wheelie walker as a replacement in response to Colleen’s enquiry.

Working in an unfunded capacity Ms McRae contemplated the difficulty in transporting the mobility aid to Lockhart River. Thankfully, Skytrans air services demonstrated their strong commitment to supporting remote communities and to people living with a disability, offering to transport the walker to Lockhart River free of charge.

Lockhart River Health Clinic staff collected the mobility aid upon arrival at Lockhart airport, delivering it to its grateful recipient. A great collaborative effort by all involved.

Thank you!

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(Above left) Medical and Mobility staff Peter Saunder, Warehouse Manager (L) and Barry Corner, Managing Director (R)

(Above right) Local Area Coordinator, Colleen McRae, delivering the walker to TOLL freight services for transport to Lockhart River by Skytrans



Courtesy of Colleen McRae

Local Area Coordinator – Disability Services

Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services


St Mary’s School Family Race Day Charleville

Thursday, June 13th, 2013



A bright sunny Autumn day in March 2013 saw the residents of South West Queensland who Have a contagious passion for fashion enter the Fashions of the Field event at the annual Charleville St Mary’s School family race day at the Central Warrego Race Club. 

Skytrans generously provided a return airfare to Brisbane for the winner of the best dressed lady event.



The winner of the Skytrans airfare was Mrs Cathy Barker, who wore a classically elegant black and white outfit.  Runner up was Mrs Joan Vetter.

The entrant’s deportment and grooming were also major considerations in the judging process.

Fashions of the Field Coordinator, Karen Tully said that there were 18 sartorially splendid ladies who entered this event.



The judges were looking for a lady wearing an outfit which was appropriate for a day at the races in March and which featured coordinated millinery shoes and other accessories which complemented the outfit.


St Mary’s school Charleville thanks South West Queensland’s regional airline

Skytrans for their generous support for this event.



State Swimming for South West 2013

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

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Asha and Nick were lucky enough to be sponsored by Skytrans the best way to get to Brisbane from Quilpie.  This year Asha and Nick were joined by Nicola and Claire to attend the State Swimming in Brisbane at Chandler Aquatic Complex.

swam in 9 events with the 50m backstroke as his favourite, Asha in 7 events with Breastroke being her favourite, Claire in 6 events with butterfly being her favourite and Nicola in 6 events with backstroke being her favourite. Nicola has been selected in the AWD category to represent Queensland at the National swimming in August in Adelaide. Good luck Nicola.

Thank you again Skytrans for helping these kids achieve thier goals.

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We had our photo taken on the Saturday and had a quick warm up in the outdoor pool at Chandler.   


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Last minute words from David at the warm up.

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 On Sunday we were all involved in the March past. We were a very small group compared to a lot of the other teams.    

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 The best part is when you turn around after your race and see your name up on the huge board above the pool. That is awesome!   

                                  Nick trying to stay calm before 200m Individual Medley.                                   

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Asha getting ready for her 100m Butterfly

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           Nicola preparing for her race.

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Claire ready for the 100m freestyle 





Mornington Island State School Fundraising Trivia Night

Thursday, May 16th, 2013



 On Saturday the 16th of March 2013, The Mornington Island State School’s Wellness Committee held their second annual fundraising trivia night. This year the night was held in aid of The Royal Flying Doctor’s Service, with over $400 raised through raffle ticket sales on the night. The prize (kindly donated by Skytrans), was 1 x Return ticket from Mornington Island to Cairns and was won by the school’s hard working cleaner Pam!



The trivia competition was hotly contested with different themed dress ups at each team table. The end winners however, were the much deserving pirate team, followed closely by the hamburgers. Overall, a lot of fun was had for a very good cause and a big thank you must go to Skytrans for donating the flight that we raffled  off!


St Finbarr’s School Mystery Holiday Fundraiser

Thursday, May 16th, 2013


Last October, St Finbarr’s School held its 16th  annual Fete and Mystery Holiday fundraiser. This function is the Parents’ & Friends’ Association’s  major fundraiser for the year. St Finbarr’s school is a small, independent, catholic school in Quilpie with an enrolment of 25 students from Prep – Yr 7.

Skytrans have been long-standing supporters of this event, donating flights towards the Mystery Holiday for many years.

Skytrans generously donated the Quilpie – Brisbane (return) component of the holiday. The 2012 Mystery Holiday destination was to the Melbourne Cup. The lucky winners flew to Brisbane courtesy of Skytrans, and stayed overnight at Royal Albert Apartments in Brisbane City. The next day, they flew to Melbourne and enjoyed 4 nights of absolute luxury at the Langham Hotel, including tickets to the Melbourne Cup. They then flew back to Brisbane and on to Quilpie, thanks again to Skytrans.

This function is very well supported by the Quilpie community with well over 300 tickets sold. The 2011 winner was Tina Fraser. Tina and her family run the Imperial Hotel in Quilpie. It has been a lifelong dream for Tina to go to the Melbourne Cup, so she had no hesitation in taking the holiday, with her sister Kylie as her companion. The girls had an absolutely wonderful time in Melbourne, enjoying the Melbourne Cup, as well as the shopping, dining and entertainment on offer.

Once again, the St Finbarr’s Parents’ and Friends’ Association would like to sincerely thank Skytrans for their continued generous support of our small, outback school.



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.

Ribbons of the Reef…

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

2012 Ribbons Ladies Game Fishing Tournament Report”

A fun day out was had in less than ideal conditions for the ladies fishing the 29th Ribbons Ladies Tournament out of Cairns on Saturday 1st December 2012.

Ribbons Treasurer and Club Captain Sharon Leptig has given the final wrap up for the competition. Sharon reports in all there were 162 anglers, including 14  juniors, competing on 48 boats.

In the one day event 11 billfish were tagged and released as well as 94 gamefish weighed.

New Moon, skippered by Kim Andersen, took out the event with two sailfish and seven game fish, just nudging out Panawonica also with two tags.

Club President Dianne Hance, fishing on Panawonica, was lucky enough to tag her first sailfish!

Champion Senior Angler was Sonia Campbell on board Top Shot who tagged a black marlin and weighed in some nice game fish.

Champion Junior Angler was Chloe Puls on board Little Tubs.   This champion 11 year old caught a massive 30.4kg spanish mackerel on 10kg line, which is a potential Qld Junior Female record.

Ribbons would like to thank its sponsors, including Skytrans, for their continued support over the years. 2013 is the 30th Anniversary for the Ribbons tournament and the committee is looking forward to a record attendance.

* To see more great pictures of the Ribbons Tournament please see our Gallery’s Page.

The 2012 Ribbon's Champion Angler Sonia Campbell

The 2012 Ribbon’s Champion Angler Sonia Campbell


The Tournament's Champion Team - New Moon

The Tournament’s Champion Team – New Moon


Team Askari Black sets the standard by landing this awesome Black Marlin.

Team Askari Black sets the standard by landing this awesome Black Marlin.




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.


Cunnamulla Fella Festival 2012

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

The Cunnamulla Fella Festival is a celebration of the region’s proud pastoral heritage including horse and bull riding, shearing, demonstration of bushmen’s skills, live country music and a carnival atmosphere providing the ingredients for a great outback event. 2012 was no exception and the festival held from 8 to 12 November was one of the most successful yet with record crowds attending.

Skytrans was again a major sponsor of the event and as well as providing a Skytrans travel prize for the event, also provided travel for two international bull riding professionals, John Sneezby and LeRoy Eash from Montana, USA.

Leroy took out the Open Saddle Bronc competition at the Rodeo with 80 points for his first ride and then 77 points for the second.

‘It was a fantastic trip and the Australian cowboys were terrific to be around,’ said LeRoy.

LeRoy also entered the bull ride and then later teamed up with a local farmer to enter the Cunnamulla Fella Challenge which included whip cracking, cross cut sawing, fencing and bale rolling. ‘We didn’t win but it was lots of fun’ he said.

LeRoy said while it was great to win the saddle bronc event, a real highlight was visiting the 300,000 acre sheep station ‘Clover Downs’ and seeing Australian farming first hand. He also got a lesson in sheep shearing! ‘I saw a lot of kangaroos too,’ he said.

LeRoy and John wanted to thank Skytrans for assisting them to get to Cunnamulla.

John called to thank Skytrans and to advise that after 16 take offs and landings from the States to Cunnamulla the flight Brisbane to Cunnamulla was the best. ‘Skytrans is the friendliest and most professional airline I have been on with the best ‘real’ food being served’. John also complimented Skytrans crew on the flight and thought Flight Attendant Jillian Davison was a great ambassador for Skytrans.