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The Heathy Kids Program is Back!

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Skytrans are proud to partner with the Living with Lead Alliance for the delivery of their Healthy Kids Program in 2012.  The Program is all about providing children with free access to regular structured physical activity programs.  It delivers safe and supervised sessions for children to participate in active and healthy activities which encourage social development, participation and coordination skills.

The launch of the program took place at Captain Cook Oval in Mount Isa on Monday14th May, and included a sausage sizzle, jumping castle and many fun-filled activities for the kids.  Skytrans came on board along with the Skytrans Cairns Taipans, who brought some players along to the event to contribute towards making it a really special day for the kids and the families of the region.

“At Skytrans we’re always looking for positive ways to give back to the Communities that give to us and feel it’s our social responsibility to become actively involved in improving the quality of life for the people across our network.  Supporting the Healthy Kids Program is just one of the many ways that we feel we can give back to the people in the community of Mount Isa.”

- Billy Gordon Skytrans Community Development Manager



Top Left: Skytrans’ Commercial Manager Steve Jones & Community Development Manager Billy Gordon with Toni Glanville (centre) from the Living with Lead Alliance.

Top Right & Below: Skytrans Cairns Taipans’ Dwayne Vale & Aaron Grabau get active with the kids at the healthy Kids Program launch.



For more information about the Health Kids Program, and session times visit:

Supporting Primary Health Care in Cape York

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Skytrans partners with the Royal Flying Doctors Service to assist in the delivery of Primary Health Care Clinics to the remote outlying communities of Port Stewart & Silver Plains Homestead in Cape York.   

The people of these communities don’t always have the opportunity to access health care as the closest centre is located in Coen some 95 kilometres away and is often isolated during the wet. 

The RFDS Wellbeing Centre in conjunction with Apunipima and Queensland Health has initiated a new model of service delivery, by taking primary health care directly to these communities.   

Last year one such clinic saw More than 45 patients of all ages seen during the day – the elders received a medical check-up, and the infants and children were immunised.  

Dr Anna Morgan said that people opened up much more about their health issues on country, compared to when they visited a clinic in town, because they were much more comfortable engaging and talking in familiar surroundings.   

Community Counsellor Shaun Sellwood said that taking the IRIS (Indigenous Risk Impact Screening) program to Port Stewart was an excellent way to start conversations about making changes in relation to drug and alcohol use, in an environment that supported positive lifestyle choices  (Port Stewart is a self-imposed dry area) .   

The success of the day was summed up by one of the patients, who told Shaun about her elder, who had passed away.  She said, “He would be smiling down on the group because he was so thankful that people have come on to his country to provide services for us.”




Skytrans Supports the RACQ NQ Rescue Helicopter

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Skytrans is proud to announce our partnership with the North Queensland Helicopter Rescue Service, based in Mount Isa.  We have gladly committed to donate $1 from the sale of every ticket purchased on our Cairns / Mount Isa direct service to the RACQ NQ Rescue Helicopter.

With daily services operating between the two cities Monday to Friday, we expect to raise funds in the tens of thousands for this fantastic service to support the people of the Mount Isa and the North West.


Alex Dorr NQ Helicopter Rescue CEO shakes hands with Billy Gordon, Skytrans Community Development Manager




Kids Living Safer Lives – Term 1 School Holidays

Thursday, May 24th, 2012


 Skytrans has been a generous supporter of the Kids Living Safer Lives (KLSL) Holiday program since its inception in 2008. The holiday program provides in-community diversionary activities for kids either as stand alone activities or as a supplement to other programmed activities with a view to significantly reducing juvenile offending and anti-social behaviour. The heaviest demand on the program falls during the wetter parts of the year – and on this occasion it was the Term 1 (April) school holidays. Due to the late onset of the wet season, the Term 1 holiday program was run as a wet season program as road access to most communities was cut and air travel was the only viable way of accessing those communities.

 During the 2012 April school holidays, Skytrans very kindly sponsored the delivery of some facilitator gear and fruit supplies into the following communities serviced by Skytrans flights – Pormpuraaw, Coen, Lockhart River, Aurukun and the Northern Peninsula Area communities for use as part of the Kids living Safer Lives holiday programs run by AFL Cape York.

 Skytrans carried the gear to the communities at no cost to the program. This report acknowledges that very generous contribution.



All facilitators were able to get their gear into the communities as and when required, which meant that all programs could get underway fully equipped from the outset.

 In addition, in order to match our ‘Eat Healthy’ words with action, the KLSL program supplied large quantities of fruit to the kids through the course of the program and Skytrans kindly carried the fruit supplies at no cost to the KLSL program. This fruit helped sustain the participants through the course of the activities and was well appreciated as evidenced by our young friend from Coen

 Over 8 days of activities, the various activities in the Skytrans serviced communities recorded over 1400 participants.

 On behalf of AFL Cape York, the Kids Living Safer Lives program and the participants, we say yet another big thank you to Skytrans. 

Photo Courtesy of Dominic Johns



Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012



Skytrans Proud to Support Gregory P & C

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Gregory Educational Facility is a small one teacher school, situated at Gregory Downs, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. We are part of a small but supportive community, and fundraising is an essential part of the running of our school.

On the 31 March 2012, the Gregory Educational Facility P&C, once again held our annual Fishing Competition. The nominations exceeded expectations with a total of 58 people nominated with our youngest being 4yrs old.  Some wonderful fish were caught and a great day was had by all competitors.  Congratulations to the following winners:


  • Mini – James Geeves
  • Junior – Aidan Munchenberg
  • Youth – no Bream Caught
  • Women – Margaret Brock
  •  Men – Damien Brock


  • Mini – Hayley Brock 
  • Junior – Katie Brock
  • Youth – Nicole Forshaw
  • Women – None Caught
  • Men – Darryl Shingles 


  • Youth – Nicole Forshaw
  • Women – Rachel Arnold
  • Men – Paul Everingham

Other Fish

  • Men – Darryl Shingles

King of the River – Gordon Arnold

Queen of the River – Blair Taber

Child of the River – James Geeves

Thankyou to everyone who helped make this day a great success, and raise $1500 for our little school, especially our sponsors, including Skytrans, Gregory Downs Hotel & Mt Isa Mining Supplies.

Congratulations to MIGATE’s 2012 Apprentice of the Year

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Skytrans are pleased to continue our support of Mount Isa Group Apprenticeship, Traineeship and Employment Inc. (MIGATE).

MIGATE is a ‘not for profit’ group training organisation whose core business is the indenturing of local people into traineeships and apprenticeships, creating career opportunities and assisting local companies to fill vacancies and develop a skilled and experienced workforce.

The MIGATE training awards took place on Thursday 3rd May, recognising and awarding Apprentices and Trainees who have excelled in their chosen fields & the local businesses helping them attain their career goals.

Skytrans proudly provided prize sponsorship for the Apprentice of the Year category, donating 2 return airfares Mount Isa to Cairns to the winner.

Billy Gordon, Skytrans Community Development Manager, attended the awards and had the honour of awarding the Apprentice of the Year prize to Timo Kuivalainen from Hardrok Engineering & Metal Fabrication.


Congratulations Timo!


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.