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NPA Judo Club Cleans up in Cairns

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Logo (inc.)Over the weekend of 24th and 25th of August, 25 competitors from the NPA Judo Club entered the Cairns Regional Judo Championships.

NPA Judo Group

NPA Judo Group

The NPA Judo Club was the largest club at the competition and did the NPA proud with the competitors took home an awesome 18 trophies.

Congratulations one and all.



Back To Camooweal Reunion 23rd-25th August 2013

Friday, September 6th, 2013
Back to Camooweal Reunion Float in Friday's Street parade.

Back to Camooweal Reunion Float in Friday’s Street parade.

The Back to Camooweal Reunion was a historical event, as it is the first time it had been held. This event aimed to reunite the past and present residents to celebrate the rich droving and indigenous cultural history of the township and aknowledge their contribution in moulding and creating the community Camooweal is today.

Leanne Kum Sing, Carl Webb and Edna Kum Sing

Leanne Kum Sing Carl Webb Edna Kum Sing

With a Friday Night Dance, BBQ Meet & Greet & a Fishing Competition there was over 200 people who attended this 3 day event. We were lucky to have Carl Webb (ex Bronco player) attend the Friday night dance where he chatted with the locals and visitors. We wanted to recreate the atmosphere and vibe of the close knit Camooweal Community from the old days as well as share stories and photo’s of that timeline.

Saturday BBQ Meet & Greet; Kevin Rankine,Jean Rankine,George Ah Kit,Doreen Sweeney,Maureen Trindle,Irene Marshall,Edna Kum Sing,Margaret Body & Robert Marshall.

Saturday BBQ Meet & Greet; Kevin Rankine,Jean Rankine,George Ah Kit,Doreen Sweeney,Maureen Trindle,Irene Marshall,Edna Kum Sing,Margaret Body & Robert Marshall.

26 Businesses & Community Groups, including Skytrans, provided In kind Support towards this event. The support from Skytrans was greatly appreciated and without their support we would not of been able to meet associated costs for this reunion. All Fundraising proceeds will be distributed to the Camooweal Community. 

Georgina Fishing Competition Winner Harmony Cresdee

Georgina Fishing Competition Winner Harmony Cresdee

Overall the BTC Reunion was reported to be very successful, receivING a lot of positive feedback from the local and wider Community.







The Burke Shire Arts & Craft Show

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

The bi-annual Burke Shire Arts and Craft show was a massive success proving that the community of Burketown are extremely creative and have very deep pockets. 

There were plenty of entries in all of the categories with cooking, horticulture, needlework, painting, drawing and photography proving popular favourites. 

Kylie Camp from Floraville Station took out the Grand Champion prize in the cooking category for her chocolate cake entry. Doug Jones from Burketown took out the Horticulture prize for his sunflower entry. Vi Booth won the needle craft category with her intricate stitched tapestry. The grand champion in the painting and drawing section was Larissa Lauder from Gregory, with her painting of The Mount Clere Cliffs, which also won the people’s choice award and stirred up the bidders in the auction raising over $2500 for Charity. Larissa won a $50 voucher for Art de Joux. Local resident and event organiser Madison Marshall won the grand champion prize for her black and white photo of the cemetery taking home the $200 Frame World prize. Local kids Ryan and Anna Bunyan from Gregory Downs Station entered into the Veggie Art Category with Ryan taking home the kids horticulture kit for his creative entry depicting a race track. Anna won first prize for her poetry entry. 

Larissa Lauder winning painting ''The Mount Clere Cliffs''

Larissa Lauder winning painting ”The Mount Clere Cliffs”

There were heaps of great prizes up for grabs that were donated by local businesses in Mt Isa, Cloncurry and Burke Shire, including Frame World Mt Isa, Brodie Hardware, Cloncurry Pharmacy, Isa Creative Fabrics, K-Mart, Bunnings, Art Du Joux, The Irish Club, Whims and Wishes, Buffs Club and many more. 

The entries were judged by a panel of local art and craft aficionados including, Ian and Kerre Taylor who work at Savannah Lodge and the Bakery, Fred Aqvilin from Melbourne, Cr. Tracey Forshaw, Nicole Ogilvie from Brisbane, Tess Arnold from Gregory Downs, Cheryl Clark from The Burketown Pub, Joey Campbell the principal from Burketown State School and Di Phillips the matron from the Burketown Hospital. All of the judges had a hard time picking the winners from each category as the quality of entries across the boards were of a very high calibre. Local Mayor Ernie Camp announced the winners at the presentation. 

Vi booth won the Skytrans lucky door prize and was happy to collect the return flights. Over $6000 was raised for the Flying Doctors and the Burketown Kindergarten on Saturday at the Arts and Craft Show auction with locals digging deep for charity. 

Local Business woman Amanda Wilkinson from Savannah Lodge had her eye on the Noel Henderson painting – which was a strong piece resulting in the auctioneers hammer coming down once the bid hit $1300. 

Skytrans prize winner Vi Booth with Burketown Mayor, Ernie Camp

Skytrans prize winner Vi Booth with Burketown Mayor, Ernie Camp

Another local resident who wishes to remain anonymous took home a painting by Gregory resident Larissa Lauder for $2500. The auction was held by Burketown Councillor Zach Duff, who whipped the crowd into a frenzy, encouraging them to dig deep. 

All in all, the event was well attended and was a major success – the residents of Burketown show that while they may be small in numbers – they are certainly big of heart.

FNQ Training Awards

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

On Saturday 3rd of August, the Department of Education, Training and Employment hosted the Far North Queensland Training Awards at the Hilton Hotel in Cairns. These awards recognise outstanding achievement in the Vocational, Education and Training sector. The FNQ region encompasses from Cardwell north, including NPA and the Torres Straits. Skytrans generously donated air travel for two nominees to attend the awards, and represent their communities in front of an audience of more than 250 people. Both nominees did themselves proud and enjoyed the carnivale themed evening.

Guest at the Carnivale themed event

Guest at the Carnivale themed event

Simeon Makie (left) with his award

Simeon Makie (left) with his award








Normanton father of 8, Simeon Makie, was represented in 2 categories on the night, being a finalist in the Vocational Student of the Year and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the year after completing a Certificate IV in Justice Studies.

Yuriko Ah Boo (right) with her award

Yuriko Ah Boo (right) with her award

Yuriko Ah Boo from Bamaga, recently completed a Certificate III in Business Administration and was a finalist in the Trainee of the year category.






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.