A round up of news and events from across the region in this week’s Longreach Regional Report.
Longreach stops to remember the ANZACs, standing strong in support of our hay runners, QANTAS Museum celebrates the return of the Catalina, a move forward for Cluster Fencing and Longreach prepares for what’s set to be another stellar local show!
Take a look at these stories, plus more!
ANZAC Day in Longreach
The ANZAC Spirit was alive and well in Longreach.
Record numbers turned out to mark the occasion; lining the streets to show their support.
RSL Sub Branch president Jim Egan said he was humbled to see the response from the community.
“It was unbelievable to be quiet honest last year we had numbers not quite as high and we were extremely happy last year and last year being a special event which was a 100 year anniversary of Gallipoli but to see those numbers this year is incredible,” says Mr Egan.
Hay Runners Public Forum
They were the trucks that rolled into town to provide just the boost we’ve been needing.
But donations made by the Hay Runners were met with some concerns by local business that patronage was taken away from shops in town.
In a bid to quell concerns, Burrumbuttock Hay Runner organiser, Brendan Farrell fronted a forum in Ilfracombe last week to make his stance loud and clear.
“The meeting that I called was very positive,” he said.
“A lot of locals come in, farmers from 80k north of Aramac. That’s 250ks drove in, shouted a beer or ten and showed their support for what we’re doing, how we’re doing it and why we’re doing it.”
It wrapped up his mammoth donation to Ilfracombe and the central west before he headed home back to the Riverina.
Return of the Catalina
The 1944 Catalina was an asset flown by QANTAS pilots in World War II.
It’s known for flying 28 hours straight across enemy territory and in radio silence.
But now the Catalina calls Longreach home and it’s story makes it quite the attraction!
Nicole Kuttner, QANTAS Founders Museum says the plane tells quite the story.
“So from 1943 to 1945 QANTAS flew 271 flights between Perth and Sri Lanka and they were known as the double sunrise flights because they took off before sunrise in Perth and arrived after sunrise in Sri Lanka.
The plane was used to keep supply lines open after the fall of Singapore to the Japanese in 1942.
Stories of bravery now preserved in history at the QANTAS Founders Museum.
Cluster Fencing a step closer
Wild dogs are the bane of many a farmer but there’s a solution that looks set to ease the burden of the pest.
The first round of funding for cluster fencing is soon to be distributed to farmers across the central west and locals gathered in Longreach to make sure they were up to speed on the details.
Dominic Burden, AgForce North West Regional Manager was on hand to present the facts.
“The session was all about allowing land holders who are interested in clustering to understand the legal aspects and challenges in forming a cluster,” he said.
“Wild dogs are an enormous challenge for whole district certainly not necessary Longreach centred and while cluster fencing may not be everybody’s preferred way of tackling it it’s the most doable in terms of obtaining funding and also double in the sense it is easier to get an agreement of smaller parcels of land and you will find like-minded graziers are forming the clusters.”
Longreach to host State Sheep Show
Kids look forward to it all year, and frankly, the adults do too!
Our local show society is making the final touches for what is gearing up to be a yet another big weekend for the Longreach Show!
Margie Webb, President Longreach Show Society says it’s a privilege to host the State Sheep Show.
“It’s a big thing because everyone is suffering so much and most of the studs coming out here to exhibit know they are not going to get many sheep sold so it’s a big thing for them.
Improvements to the pavillion have come just in time!