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Augathella State School P & C Trivia Night

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.

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Traditional Dance finds new expression in the Contemporary

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.

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Living with Lead Alliance Backyard Improvement Program

December 3rd, 2013

By making some fun and  simple improvements to their  back- yard, Skye Ross and her  family scored a family trip to Cairns courtesy of Skytrans.

The second year for the Living with Lead Alliance Backyard Improvement Program competition attracted more than 20 applicants.

The aim of the competition was  to encourage residents to minimise lead exposure by covering bare  soil areas that  are accessible to young children.

Winner Skye Ross and her partner Royce Taylor said they first heard about the competition from friends after they purchased their house in Healy.

The family had planned to make some yard  improvements and entered the competition.

Ms Ross said the yard was originally a mess of trees, paving, and bare soil areas which they removed and covered with  new synthetic turf, and filled the area with children’s play equipment.

‘‘We fenced it off so it  would be safe and once we installed the turf it is easier, we don’t have to move the play equipment to mow around it and it is green all year,’’  she said. ‘‘And there are no lead problems anymore.’’

Chair of the Living with Lead Alliance and State Member for Mount Isa, Rob Katter, said  it  was important for families with young children to minimise the amount of  bare dirt around their  houses.

‘‘Scientific studies have  found that  exposure to dirt  in Mount Isa can increase the  risk  in  the very young  of absorbing more lead into their    bodies, so it’s good to get those bare areas grassed, mulched or converted into garden,’’ Mr Katter said.

Article and image courtesy of Jasmine Barber from the North West Star.

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Dirranbandi Hospital Melbourne Cup Luncheon

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.

 

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2013 Mount Isa Mines Rock Pop Mime

November 6th, 2013

The 2013 Mount Isa Mines Rock Pop Mime, presented by Apex, was once again a huge hit with the Mount Isa community, with an estimated 2,000 attendees rolling up to support this community favourite as it celebrated its 25th anniversary. IMG_4571 comp

Students from 11 schools from Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Winton and surrounding pastoral stations rocked, popped and mimed their way through a variety of dynamic performances, leaving spectators bopping in their seats.

Townview State School took out the Junior Primary category with their rendition of ‘Yarning Through the Years’; Barkly Highway State School received top honours in the Senior Primary category with their performance of ‘Mount Isa Parties Through the Ages’, while Good Shepherd Catholic College shined in the Secondary category with their winning performance, ‘The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’.

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2013 Xsrata Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic

November 6th, 2013

The 2013 Xstrata Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic has come to a close with standout crowds and catches recorded over the three days.

Organisers, volunteers and exhibitors were run off their feet as spectators and competitors in their thousands reveled in the jam packed fishing and entertainment schedule.

Fishing aspects of the 2013 event saw huge numbers, with 426 competitors nominated and 333 fish (the 2nd highest number since records dating back to 2004) weighed in from 6:15pm Friday through to weigh station closure at 12pm Sunday.

Warm water temperatures saw 4 large Barramundi weighed in over the competition; along with numerous reports of missed hook-ups. The infamous $50,000 Mount Isa Water Board Tagged Barra once again eluded capture, leaving a $1,000 bounty on its capture if within the next twelve months. (Mount Isa Fish Stocking Group to publish the tag number in the coming week).

Luke North snagged the prestigious title of the Heaviest Barramundi with a 3.87kg beauty caught from the bank being, weighed in at roughly 9am this morning (Sunday). Other major category winners included Chris Kirikos taking out the Champion Senior Angler and Lachlan Winter the hotly contested Champion Junior Angler title for a second year running.Heaviest Barramundi winner Luke North (centre) with LR Andrew Hart and Nick Duigan from Hook, Line and Sinker

Numbers were up in the popular Champion Team and Kayak Angler categories with 86 nominations in total. “Team Anything” took out the team title; while Travis Chirio took out the kayak category with a 1.88kg Sleepy Cod.

Annette Swaine won the lucky senior nomination prize of a Skytrans and Parker Travel flight and accommodation package and Kerry Cronin took home a cool $750 for snagging the Mystery Weight Barra with a 3.08kg cracker.

For those who stayed on dry land throughout the weekend the entertainment schedule saw “The Rusty Trombones” take out the Buffs Club Beach Volleyball competition and crowds regularly lined up to view the Yamaha Supertank shows thank to Pirtek.

The GE Fireworks Spectacular was a huge hit; with Hook, Line and Sinker’s Andrew Hart and Nick Duigan conducting the count down for crowds of thousands lining the shores. In an awe inspiring display spectators were marvelled by Five Star Fireworks display lasting over ten minutes and including pink love heart special effects in recognition of the events Pink theme, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.Champion Junior Angler Lachlan Winter (centre) with LR category sponsor Darren Campi from Pirtek, Andrew Hart and Nick Duigan from Hook, Line and Sinker

In a first for the long running event spectators and competitors were treated to hot and cold showers and a huge shade marquee, both proving popular with the weekends warm sunny weather conditions.

The major annual fundraiser of the Mount Isa Fish Stocking Group Co-Event Managers Jessica Bandiera and Lyn Holmes-Kidd were thrilled with the results.

“2013 has been a challenging year for our team with low Lake levels putting the event in jeopardy. As volunteers we really work hard in our own time for eight to ten months to make the event a stand out and successful fundraiser so it was hugely gratifying to see the competition and camp sites filled to the brim with smiling children and happy families.

With anglers nominating from as far away as Maffra Victoria and Atherton and Rathdowney in Queensland it’s good to see that the lure of the state’s richest freshwater prize purse overshadowed any doubts that may have arisen in the lead up.

We’d like to give a huge shout out to all of our sponsors, volunteers, spectators and competitors who made the event such a success and invite them all back for next year” said Jessica and Lyn.

Celebrity guest from national television program Hook, Line and Sinker Andrew Hart was blown away by the whole weekend, and although a big barra eluded him and co-host Nick Duigan they still managed to capture some great footage for their 2014 season.
“The Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic was so much more than we had anticipated.

Champion Team Winners “Team Anything” featuring Michael and Jody Reader and Trevor Crawford with Andrew Hart and Nick Duigan from Hook, Line and Sinker.The Fish Stocking Group (Mount Isa) should be really proud of what they achieve with the event; it’s a true testament to their dedication and to the city of Mount Isa.

With the help of our guides Trev and Carl we managed to land some great catches while out on the water and we look forward to coming back in the future and perhaps landing that $50,000 Barra!” said Andrew.

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Aurukun Fishing Charter Promotion – Fishing Australia with Rob Paxevanos

November 6th, 2013

Aurukun Fishing Charters was recently featured on the very popular Fishing Australia TV show hosted by Rob Paxevanos. This programme airs on the WIN network and has a potential audience of several million viewers across the country.

Skytrans assisted in the making of this program having provided air freight and passenger assistance for Rob and his crew.

Rob was very pleased with the filming that he was able to “put in the can” while up at Aurukun and advised that he was confident of airing at least three episodes featuring different  and diverse components of our charter operation. This is unprecedented exposure of Aurukun Fishing Charters, the fabulous fishery, the wonderful  environment that we operate in and also Skytrans, as the major transport  operator to the region.

Skytrans features in the aired product and you can view a short section below.

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The Burke Shire community celebrates at the Burketown Bloc Party

October 28th, 2013

The Burketown Bloc Party held on Saturday the 19th of OCT was a major success with over 300 people from the community coming out to celebrate the recent milestones in the community.

DSC_0048smThe event kicked off at the Gregory Downs Hotel with local residents joining in the festivities with the Hon. Bob Katter MP who joined in the convoy from Gregory to Burketown. The convoy stopped off at the Doomadgee turn off for the Burke Shire Councils’ celebration of the newly sealed Wills Developmental Road.

The community enjoyed the live music by Bob Marshall and his band – Essentially Country. They were later joined by John Turner who jammed with the band.

The Burketown Gift had many of the locals participating but Brett Hills took out the trophy effortlessly!DSC_0325sm

Amanda Yanner won the women’s category. Burketown Gift organiser Cheryl Portch said that she was amazed at the amount of nominations as the community was eager to get involved to take home the $300 prize money!

The Burketown students Hip Hop Performance stole the show with 10 kids coming out and performing the rap that they workshopped with DJ and producer Nick Grace. Trish Ringrose from Ringrose Transport recited a poem about the challenges of starting a freight company and the trials that Owen Ringrose overcame to get supplies into Burketown along the unsealed roads.

The Hon. Bob Katter MP officially opened the Burketown Pub and celebrated well into the night mingling and chatting with the locals. Burketown publicans were very happy with the attendance and the pub is now officially open for business!

DSC_0247smMany locals commented that it was the best event Burketown has ever seen and you could tell by the well behaved and smiling crowd!

Burke Shire Council’s Mayor Ernie Camp said “The Bloc Party was a great reinforcer to me as to why I think Burke Shire is a great place to live – the positive, laidback atmosphere, the genuine friendliness and sense of happiness amongst all the attendees and the strong community spirit. An enthusiastic crowd enjoyed the footraces, great music from local bands and DJ Nick Grace.  It was a fantastic night for young and old to enjoy and I would like to commend the community’s behaviour which made this a safe, family friendly event.”

The event manager, Nicole Ogilvie would like to thank all of the locals who rolled up their sleeves and helped to put on a memorable event “ If it was not for the sponsors and the volunteers this event would not have been possible, it is a tribute to the strong community spirit that exists in small tight knit communities.”DJ and Producer Nick Grace coaching the Burketown Students Hip Hop Performance

The small town of Burketown is still buzzing from the celebrations and are all asking – ‘When can we do it again?!’

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Special Needs Judo Friendship Games – Adelaide

October 28th, 2013

Jack Zieth, a young teenager(14) living in Bamaga, that has Down Syndrome, was given the amazing opportunity to compete in the Bi Yearly Special Needs Judo Friendship Games in Adelaide.Jack in front of aircraft

Sensei Xavier Barker accompanied Jack along with his Mother to this amazing event that allowed Jack to compete against other young people with similar abilities.

Group shotJack was entered in 2 divisions, he competed in 45-55kg boys Category 1 (most able) and the same weight Category 5 (least able), which was a Newaza (ground fighting) only contest.

Jack placed 3rd in the 45-55kg Boys Catergory 1(most able) and also received an award from the Referees for “showing Sportsmanship in the true spirit of Judo”. Only 3 of these awards where given so this was a great achievement for Jack.

Jack on podiumJack and Sensei Xavier had a great competition, with so many new Judo and competition skills gained, not to mention the new friendships and networks that have been developed for not only Jack but the NPA Judo Club.Jack competing

This trip would not of been possible had it not been for the amazing support and sponsorship from Skytrans. On Jacks behalf  and all the members of NPA Judo Club we would like to give a special thank you. Without this support it would not of been possible for Jack to attend this competition.

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Out There Kowanyama’s Leadership Camp

October 28th, 2013

During the September holidays,  the remote Indigenous community of Kowanyama ran their annual leadership camp for upper primary kids. Picking veges for a healthy dinner

The kids had a great time, seeing lots of sights, swimming, cooking, making crafts and having lots of fun. But they also learned about being a leader, standing up to peer pressure, hygiene, healthy living, and some of the issues they will face when they need to leave their remote community of Kowanyama for boarding school in grade 8.  Two new young leaders from Kowanyama who are being mentored into leadership positions also found the camp encouraging and were a great asset to the trip.

Liamon with some of his team.Some of the feedback from the kids was that they loved being on camp – they had lots of fun, they loved learning about boarding school and how to be strong,  many of them said they felt inspired to be more healthy when they go home and all wanted to come back again.  The kids enjoyed seeing new places and talked about how they can try to get a good education to give them more options in the future and to be able to get out and see new places when they are older too.

Thanks to Skytrans for their generous assistance which enabled us to fly down two people so that young Kowanyama leaders could be part of the camp team without reducing the numbers of kids who could attend.On the beach

Thank you Skytrans for your support of future Indigenous youth leaders!!

Students and Teachers

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