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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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Bravehearts child safety program spreads its wings in remote FNQ with Skytrans

October 14th, 2013
BraveheartsMore kids in remote areas of Far North Queensland will get access to Bravehearts acclaimed personal safety program following a sponsorship deal between the child protection organisation and Skytrans Airlines.
The federally-funded Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Show will now reach more than 14,000 kids annually in Far North Queensland as Bravehearts continues to deliver the program in lower primary school and child care centres across the region.
Since its inception in 2008, Bravehearts Cairns has educated 63,208 children, covering a vast area from Cape York in the north to Rockhampton and as far west as Mt Isa.
The partnership with Skytrans will see the intrepid Cairns-based education team reach more regional and remote locations, including indigenous communities.
Bravehearts Founder and Executive Director Hetty Johnston, said the Skytrans sponsorship will ensure kids in remote areas do not miss out on ‘vital’ safety messages to help protect them against child sexual assault.
“Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure is a wonderful program and it should be made available to all kids in every nook and cranny of the country,” she said.
“Skytrans have helped to make this a reality in Far North Queensland and we’re delighted to be on board. Bravehearts Cairns is supported by Royal Flying Doctors Service and Cape York AFL and this latest partnership brings a new dimension to the way we can deliver services.
“Bravehearts will leave no stone unturned as we continue our mission to stop child sexual assault in our society. We will achieve this by exchanging ideas, building friendships and delivering effective child protection programs into these amazing communities, working with children, elders and parents.
“The incredible success of these programs has been a culmination of hard work, determination, mutual trust and a genuine respect for the culture and individualism of each community.”
Skytrans Managing Director Simon Wild, said he ‘proudly’ supported Bravehearts and its vision to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child.
“We pride ourselves on providing professional aviation services to some of the most remote parts of Australia and I can proudly say we’re now helping Bravehearts to deliver its wonderful education program to those areas,” he said.
Skytrans also offers extensive charter services throughout Australia and the South West Pacific from our bases in Cairns, Darwin, Brisbane and Perth.
The Ditto program is a live 30-minute production aimed at children from pre-school to Grade 3 that effectively teaches children strategies and skills to stay safe in a range of situations from sexual assault to bullying. The program teaches personal safety skills and underpins children’s instinctive understandings and feelings around their personal safety in a way that is non-confronting, safe and highly effective.

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Quilpie Golf Club Open Weekend

October 14th, 2013

 

The annual Quilpie Golf Open Weekend was held again this year on Saturday 31st August and was a huge hit.  Coming on board as a Major Sponsor, Skytrans donated a return flight from Quilpie to Brisbane for two people.  This prize was won by Raymond Hartley.

Golf Club President Al McNall (pictured 3rd from the left) and the Quilpie Golf Club Committee very much appreciate the generous donation and assistance given by Skytrans.

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Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

September 11th, 2013
Big Fella by Nathan Ampeybegan

Big Fella by Nathan Ampeybegan

The month of August saw the Wik and Kugu Art Centre represented at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.

Dance troupe performing at the CIAF opening ceremony

Dance troupe performing at the CIAF opening ceremony

With the help of Skytrans, 3 artists and the Art Centre manager, Dev Lengjel spent 4 days in Cairns to visit the fair.

Joel Ngallametta, a song man from Aurukun, who show cased his work at the Canopy Art Space Cairns, performed with his troupe at the CIAF opening at his own show at Canopy Art Space.

The art centre showcased five artists; Leigh Namponan, Garry Namponan, David Mapoondin, Roderick Yunkaporta, Nathan Ampeybegan and Alair Pembegan.

Garry Nampoana with his art winning owl

Garry Nampoana with his art winning owl

Little Fella by Alair Pembegan

Little Fella by Alair Pembegan

Aurukun had a very strong presentation in Cairns. As part of the Kinship exhibition, Aurukun featured Big Fella Little Fella by Alair and Nathan and the sculptures by the Namponan Brothers.

The artists witnessed a number of events held in Cairns during this time. They also met up with the new gallery owner, Suzanne O’Connell of Brisbane. Suzanne is very eager to have a show with the artists in 2014.

In all this was a very important trip for the artists. Once again they got a feeling how much their art is appreciated. We were also remined of the importance of presentation of their culture in every major city. During our talks the artists expressed their wishes to share their knowledge with the young ones at home so they may have a better future.

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The artists with gallery owner Sue O’Connell

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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award

September 9th, 2013
Mavis standing with her artwork at the Telstra Awards

Mavis standing with her artwork at the Telstra Awards

Mavis Ngallametta won the General Painting Award at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award at the Museum And Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin on the 9th of August.

It is one of 77 selected Art Works – narrowed down from 230 entries – that demonstrate the best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and the wide diversity of its expression thorough Australia.  The “Telstra Award” is a premier National Art and Cultural event that celebrates the considerable contribution of the Australian Indigenous Artists to the Nation.

Mavis collecting her General Painting Award

Mavis collecting her General Painting Award

Mavis attended the opening ceremony of the Award and received the Telstra General Painting Award recognising the extraordinary talent of this Aurukun woman.

It is prestigious recognition of her commitment to develop her own Creative talent but also of the significance of her Culture and of the Culture of the WiK and Kugu people.   Aurukun Artists have been well known for the vibrancy of their carvings – Craig Koomeeta also won a Telstra Award, the 3 D Award in 2001 – but now Aurukun Artists are also recognized for their paintings. 

Mavis Ngallametta, Georgina and Guy Allain

Mavis Ngallametta, Georgina & Guy Allain at the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

Born in the coastal country of the Kugu people around the Kendall River south of Aurukun on the Cape York Peninsula, Mavis Ngallametta (nee Marbunt) is a senior Elder of the Putch clan. Despite growing up in the harsh reality of the Aurukun mission dormitory, Mavis managed to maintain close links with her family and was taught traditional weaving and basketry skills using cabbage palm and pandanus by her elders.   Developing as a strong culture woman, Mavis first became acknowledged for her weaving mastery and renowned for her dramatic use of natural colours and asymmetrical creations. Many of these woven works have entered both public and private collections.  In 2004 Mavis was granted the Community Arts Achievement award for her contribution to the Aurukun school and community, specifically for her role in teaching the children traditional crafts and facilitating weaving workshops.

Mavis Ngallametta's artwork Yalgamungken #3

Mavis Ngallametta’s artwork Yalgamungken #3

In 2008, while working at the Wik and Kugu Arts and Craft Centre in Aurukun, Mavis was introduced to painting by Georgina Allain.  Without preconceived ideas, and through her own experimental visual expression, Mavis started to translate her weaving and creative expertise onto canvas.  Inspired by her deep knowledge of country, Mavis depicts in her works the complex maze of spectacular river systems, wetlands and coastlines of the Western Cape. Fluent in her own traditional languages, she manages through her art to communicate her understanding of country, reaching across cultures to an ever-wider national and international audience. 

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Traditional dancing at the Telstra Awards

Using traditional clays and ochres, Mavis captures the intensity of her community life and country in a unique and vibrant style that marries abstraction with elements of figuration.  On first glance seemingly abstract, Mavis’s paintings are in fact both physical and emotional maps of her country. Often referencing cultural knowledge, Ngallametta has developed a painterly voice that joins an ancestral past with the present, stretching boundaries and blurring the distinction between abstraction, art brut, landscape art and story-telling. 

The chairperson of the Wik and Kugu Art and Craft Centre from 2008 to 2012, Mavis has now branched out as an individual artist in an effort to further her career and professional development with the assistance and mentorship of Georgina and Guy Allain. Mavis Ngallametta is represented exclusively by Martin Browne Contemporary in Sydney. 

Mavis’ Award acknowledges the excellence of her practice as well as the vitality and strength of a unique Culture.  Something that reflect not only her practice but from which all Aurukun people can be proud of. 

The Telstra Award exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory closes 10th November 2013. It can also be viewed on line http://natsiaa30.nt.gov.au/ 

Mavis Ngallametta travels to Darwin to attend the “30th Telstra Award” was supported by the assistance and contribution from Skytrans.

Art work copyrights to Mavis Ngallametta and photos and text to Gina & Guy Allain.

 

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NPA Judo Club Cleans up in Cairns

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.

 

 

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Back To Camooweal Reunion 23rd-25th August 2013

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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