A round up of news and events from across the region in this week’s Longreach Regional Report.
Relive the highs and lows of the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners and their journey to Ilfracombe, take a look at the make up of the new Longreach Regional Council, check up on school holiday activities at the QANTAS founders Museum and a new youth leadership program with Rotary.
These stories, Plus More!
Hay Run Heroes
They made headlines in January when they delivered 105 trucks full of hay to Ilfracombe…and this time they smashed their previous run with a world record of 258 trucks delivering 6 million dollars-worth of hay.
It’s not just about the farmers, or the region but a show of solidarity across the whole of the country.
“It just means that like the farmers don’t have to spend $5000 for the week on hay they can go in town and spend it on something else so it helps the small business as well, helps the community,” says organiser Brendan Farrell.
” I am very happy on the result we have got on what we have achieved in the last 3 months from January 7 to now so I am really happy, we have got a lot of support from around Australia.”
It was a group effort from all involved; from drivers, farmers, support staff and crew.
Rotary Club of Sydney had their work cut out for them, as the main group behind the collection and distribution of donations.
Take a look for comments from all involved in the mammoth feat!
New look Longreach Regional Council
The Mayor and Councillors were sworn in on Tuesday ahead of their first special meeting as a new group.
New Mayor Ed Warren says he’s looking forward to the term ahead and won’t be wasting any time.
“We’re straight into the budget process over the next month and a half and the budget has to be brought down in early June,” he says.
“Taking into consideration discussions we’ve had with community people and taking note of high priority issues and trying to make sure they are captured in the upcoming budget and going from there.”
Together with Leonie Nunn as his deputy the Council is formed by Trevor Smith, Trevor Harris, Tony Emslie, Tony Rayner and Tony Martin.
Each made their pledge to serve the region and its people.
Tackling Tough Times Together
Brightening the future for our kids in town is key in ensuring the longevity our region.
Amongst all the action of the past few weeks, our local Rotary Club is working to make sure that’s a reality.
“The foundation for rural, regional renewal (FRRR) have a drought funding program tackling tough times together it comes around every 6 to 12 months and Longreach Rotary club were fortunate enough to secure a grant for youth leadership training,” says Longreach Branch President, David Phelps.
He’s looking forward to implementing new programs to help our local youth move forward.
QANTAS School Holiday Program
An egg carton, strips of paper and a few lengths of string.
Hardly a list of high tech aviation supplies but that didn’t stop them from flying!
Kids got a taste of the flying kangaroo at the QANTAS Easter School Holiday Program.
Nicole Kuttner from the QANTAS Founders Museum says it’s been well recieved…and for good reason!
“So two of the sessions are going to be an activity here in the museum, so we are actually going to build helicopters out of paper and egg cartoons and actually going to test how they fly off the back of the 747 stairs,” she says.
The program is a chance for kids to get up close with the planes and get crafty!
This holiday’s intake was a chance for visitors and local kids to mix and have fun…and the demand looks set to get even bigger.