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Cancer Council ‘Mini’ Relay for Life re-launched

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FOR the first time since 2015, Chinchilla’s Lions Club and Cancer Council branch will be co-hosting a Relay for Life fundraising event to aid cancer research.

The Chinchilla ‘Mini’ Relay for Life will be held on Saturday, October 30 at the historic Clover Hill Ranch on Braithwaite St, and will be one of more than 200 Cancer Council relay events held across the country this year.

Teams and individuals can participate. A relay course is marked out at Clover Hill Ranch around which participants can walk or jog in a symbol of support for cancer survivors and cancer research.

President of the Chinchilla branch of the Cancer Council, Lorna Gadsby, said the committee had been keen for some to re-start the event, not only for for fundraising, but also for educational purposes.

“When I started volunteering for the Cancer Council 50 years ago, we were losing more kids to leukemia than we were saving, but the investment in research has done amazing things to improve research over the years,” Ms Gadsby said.

“This event next weekend will be great for the community. It gives everyone who’s been affected by cancer and their families to come together and raise valuable funding.

“It will be a fun day of family, food, friendship and fitness.”

The event will run from 9am to 9pm, with live entertainment and food stalls operating all day. A morning tea celebrating local cancer survivors and carers will be held at 10am.

From 6.30pm a candlelight ceremony will be held, followed by creekside Dinner under the Stars (tickets $30 per person). On the menu is smoked Wagyu donated and prepared by Clover Hill Meats.

Each year Relay for Life raises millions of dollars towards funding research prevention campaigns and support services for those affected by cancer.

For every $1 donated, 85c is spent directly on cancer research, prevention programs and support services.

An event Facebook page has been set up. Visit the page HERE for more information on registration and fundraising options.

A fundraising page has also been set up via the Cancer Council website.

Council peak body slams attempt to gag bush mayor

By HARRY CLARKE

THE peak body representing Queensland’s local councils has slammed a move by the Office of the Independent Assessor (OIA) to potentially reprimand a country mayor who criticised the state government’s Covid vaccine rollout.

As reported by News Corp today, Barcaldine Regional Council mayor Sean Dillon is being investigated by the OIA after he questioned Queensland Health’s ability to vaccinate the region’s residents in the timeframe allocated by the department.

At a public council meeting in February, Cr Dillon said “it’s just not going to work”, that he had “no confidence in them” and “I just hope they don’t stuff it up because it’s the thing that we need to try and restore confidence in businesses and community events”.

Barcaldine Regional Council mayor Sean Dillon (right) during a videoed public council meeting in February during which he questioned the vaccine rollout

Two months later, the OIA informed Cr Dillion he was reasonably suspected of “inappropriate conduct” that would be referred back to council to deal with if proven.

“To make such statements in a public forum is not in the best interest of the community and the OIA considers that this is a matter that should have been addressed directly with the CWHHS (Central West Hospital and Health Service) in the first instance, rather than in an open meeting of council,” a copy of the served notice reads.

Cr Dillon told Nine radio this morning that the “inappropriate conduct” allegation was elevated to the more serious charge of “misconduct” after he lodged a legal defence.

The OIA move draws into question the ability for elected local government officials to openly criticise or contradict actions of the state government.

The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has defended Cr Dillon’s right to free political speech and commentary, saying LGAQ would “”take the matter to the High Court if needed”.

“It is way wide of the mark on this issue,” said LGAQ chief executive officer Greg Hallam (pictured). “It doesn’t pass the pub test nor accord with the Australian Constitution.

“The OIA needs to recognise their error, withdraw their action and get back to their important work which does not include pontification on political speech.

“The right to political speech is implied in the Australian Constitution.

“The vaccine rollout is discussed on a daily basis by politicians at all levels and on all sides of government. It would literally be mentioned hundreds of times a day in the Queensland media.”

The Caller has contacted the office of Steven Miles, Deputy Premier and Local Government Minister, for comment.

Roma school shines at Ariat school campdraft cup

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MAIN IMAGE: (L-R) Bridget Jamieson, Molly Irwin, Tahnee Reily, Lachlan Anderson, Ryan Anderson, Luke Witt, Rowan Harrison and Charly Anderson. STANDING Judge Mathew Horswell with Hugh Philp and Wendy Wockner from the Australian Campdraft Association. PHOTO: Ropes N Spurs Photography

By JACINTA CUMMINS

FOR many country kids, campdrafting is a way of life but when they head off to school, their sport is not always promoted and nurtured by schools in the same way as sports like swimming, tennis and athletics are.

All this changed when St Margaret’s boarding student, Emily Curr, came up with the concept of the High School Campdraft Percentile Cup in 2017.

Just seven schools participated in the first year but 34 schools converged on Dalby to compete in the 2021 Ariat High School Campdraft Percentile Cup on October 8-10.

Senex Energy sponsored the inaugural Outstanding Conduct & Sportsmanship Award which was won by St John’s Catholic School, Roma.

The St John’s team members were: Jack Callow, Bridget Jamieson, Charly Anderson, Molly Irwin, Rowan Harrison, Luke Witt, Tahnee Reilly and cousins Lachlan and Ryan Anderson.

The team placed seventh overall and Rowan Harrison also placed Equal Second in the Overall Individual Finals with a score of 85.5 and an overall score of 252.5 for the weekend.

Teacher Phoebe Waugh said the team’s goal was to stick together through the whole draft and that included everyone watching each other’s rounds as much as possible.

“We wanted to bring our team together and show them that teamwork isn’t about always winning, it’s about saying ‘Good job’ when they’ve tried their hardest,” she said.

“The older members shared their knowledge with the younger students and all of them helped out as much as they could whether it was on the gate, scoring or out the back in the yards.”

Wendy Wockner is Chair of the Australian Campdraft Association sub-committee for the High School Campdraft Percentile Cup and was responsible for this Senex sponsored award being established.

Rather than focussing on just sporting ability, it recognises competitors’ contribution to the campdrafting community.

“For the ACA, a big part of running the Percentile Cup is about involving the younger people in its successful organising and to start a handover to the next generation, because many hands make light work,” Wendy said.

“It’s also about encouraging the sort of behaviour that we want to see from our young people not only at campdrafts, but in general.”

Judge Mathew Horswell had a tough time picking a winner.

“St John’s team was organised and on time, they were well presented and very well mannered and when a call went out to help empty rubbish bins, everyone from that team who wasn’t on a horse turned up,” he said.

“There were a couple of other schools which came close to winning, but it just seemed that nearly everywhere I looked there was a St John’s student helping out or cheering on their team mates all weekend.”

According to Senex Community Relations Manager Trevor Robertson, the Outstanding Conduct & Sportsmanship Award speaks to Senex Energy’s ethos.

“One of Senex’s values is winning together,” he said.

“It’s about team work, working closely with others to achieve a common goal, and getting people involved in their communities to ensure their community’s sustainability and vibrancy.

“Today’s young people are tomorrow’s leaders.

“I am really delighted that the first award winner is a Roma school as Senex has operated in this area for some years.”

Banana ‘bush jockeys’ line up for unique race meeting

By HARRY CLARKE

FORGET the nimble, silk laden jockeys and perfectly prepped thoroughbreds – punters of the Banana district are this month studying a form guide of local farmyard stock horses ahead of the town’s annual sprint race meeting.

The second annual Banana Time Trial will be held at the sport and recreation grounds on Saturday, October 30 and promises to be just as enjoyable (and quirky) as the inaugural event in 2019.

With the local race course having not hosted a “proper” meeting in decades, the Banana Sports Committee now holds a unique race day of its own, restricted to only horses and riders not currently registered on the professional circuit.

Rather than having a full field of horses in a race, the steeds will dash individually down a 200m straight. The quickest horses across two divisions will win a share in $15,000 of prize money.

“It’s open to anyone who thinks they’ve got a fast horse, but they can’t be currently running on the race track,” said Banana Sports Committee treasurer Sanae McCann.

“We’ve got plenty of local horses and riders taking part – a lot of horses that people just use for mustering and work on the farm.”

Ms McCann said Banana’s race track and sports facilities had continually been upgraded and improved over the years to become a popular venue for various local events.

The local race track being prepped ahead of the second annual Banana Time Trials

“We haven’t had proper races here in Banana for 20 or 30 years and we just wanted to make use of the track,” she said.

“We wanted to put on an event that was good for the community – something people could look forward to.

“We’re hoping to have a good turnout. In 2019 there were about 1,500 people. It should be another good day this time around, something a bit different for families to enjoy.”

There’ll be the bar running, food stalls, a Fashions of the Field competition and plenty of kids entertainment.

Gates open at 11am and the sprint racing action will begin soon thereafter.

For ticket details visit the Banana Sports Committee Facebook page.

Banana Time Trial in 2019

Champ & young gun claim Condamine Bell campdrafts

Condamine Bell Campdraft winners Charlie Curr and Ben Hall

By HARRY CLARKE

AN EMERGING talent and one of the sport’s most decorated competitors have both claimed victory in the prestigious Condamine Bell Campdraft, heralding an exciting start to the renowned Triple Crown series for 2021.

From Condamine’s largest ever prize pool (a staggering $170,000) the biggest slice went to champion campdrafter Ben Hall, who claims $50,000 for winning the Open Draft.

Hall, from Muttaburra in outback Queensland, has won at Condamine on six previous occasions and said he was thrilled to be taking home the iconic Condamine Bell trophy once again.

“I always like coming to Condamine, mainly because of the great surface they’ve got here, but there’s always quality cattle that they line up for us and good money,” Hall said.

“It helps pay the bills, that’s for sure.”

Muttaburra campdrafter Ben Hall with “Jackson”, winners of the 2021 Condamine Bell

Hall was aboard “Jackson”, a 12-year-old gelding by the sire “Playrio” bred at he and wife Jaye Hall’s Bibil Station at Muttaburra. The pair scored 269.5 points.

In a show of dominance at Condamine, Hall also shared second place on “Classic Dove” with campdrafter Joe Payne on “Cole Black”, while Charters Towers rider Will Durkin took out fourth, fifth and sixth place.

Last year’s winning Ladies Draft duo Shari Knudsen on “Bella Mia” led the way for women’s competitors in this year’s open draft, taking home seventh place prize money.

“There’s a lot of great competitors and stiff competition the whole way through,” Hall said.

“It’s good to win on one that you’ve bred and trained. He (“Jackson”) is pretty casual, he does what you want to do, he’s pretty consistent and he turns up every weekend for you.”

This weekend’s Chinchilla Grandfather Clock Campdraft and next weekend’s Warwick Gold Cup make up the Triple Crown series.

No competitor has ever won all three events in a single year to claim a bonus $30,000 payout.

As well as his seven Condamine Bells, Hall has won three Grandfather Clocks and three Gold Cups, and is this year hoping to making campdrafting history by winning all three events in a row.

Condamine Bell Campdraft committee president Spencer Morgan said: “There was a stage where this probably should have been called the Ben Hall draft, he was winning it so often.”

“He hasn’t been quite as successful here in the last few years, so it was great to see Ben come back and show that he’s still at the top of his game.”

Winning Condamine Bell Ladies Draft duo Charli Curr with “Spook”

Julia Creek young gun Charli Curr took out the Joyce Campbell Memorial Ladies Draft on gelding “Spook” with 179 points, nudging out JJ Lamb on “Foster” and Rylee Turner on “Condalilly” who tied for second and third on 178 points.

Curr, who’s had plenty of success on “Spook” on the North Queensland campdrafting circuit, was competing at Condamine for the first time and will also go on to compete at Chinchilla and Warwick.

She said it was an honour to claim victory over strong competition on her maiden Triple Crown voyage.

“I’ve become a lot more interested in campdrafting over the last couple of years and I’ve heard this is a great draft,” Curr said.

“It’s been awesome. The cattle are really good and there’s such good competition here, so it’s really exciting.”

When she’s not travelling the countryside campdrafting, Curr works as a ringer on her family property, Arizona Station, at Julia Creek.

SLIDESHOWAction shots from the 2021 Condamine Bell Campdraft

The Condamine Bell Campdraft committee invested in resurfacing its arena with crusher dust following significant damage caused by the 2011 floods.

The material is a favourite among riders. Spencer Morgan said that investment, as well as an increased effort by the committee in accumulating high prize pools, has helped to ensure the Condamine Bell event has gone from strength to strength.

“It all helps to keep encouraging the best in the business to come,” Morgan said.

“We enjoy having the really good drafters here, and we try to supply a weekend that they can enjoy.

“It may have taken us a year or so to work out how to prepare the crusher dust properly, but it’s a fantastic surface now. It’s good for the animals and good for the riders and it’s safe.”

Outback Australia Museum to be built in Charleville

By HARRY CLARKE

THE announcement of a $7 million Outback Museum of Australia to be built in Charleville is tipped to significantly boost bush tourism and continue what’s being described as a “renaissance period” in the Mulga country town.

The museum project has for months been a tightly kept secret in Charleville, as the local Murweh Shire Council has worked to secure federal government money from the highly competitive Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

A total of $7.94 has been secured in the largest ever BBRF injection for South West Queensland. The balance from the $7 million museum construction will be spent upgrading Charleville’s existing World War II ‘Secret Base’ museum.

The exciting initiative was revealed to Charleville residents as the community came together to welcome home local footy hero Kurt Capewell, who was given the ‘keys to the town’ following his NRL premiership victory with the Penrith Panthers.

Kurt Capewell receives the “keys to the town” from mayor Zorro Radnedge and Maranoa MP David Littleproud

Murweh mayor Shaun “Zorro” Radnedge said the Outback Museum of Australia would be a “game changer” for Charleville and compliment the town’s renowned tourism icons.

“We are celebrating and cannot believe it. This is the lotto of grant funds in Australia and we are just absolutely pinching ourselves,” Cr Radnedge said.

“Charleville and surrounds are already known as a fantastic destination and this project will cement Murweh as the great gateway to the Outback.

“We will build a state of the art Australian Outback Museum to complement our famous Cosmos Centre and our history making WW2 museum.”

He said the application was submitted in partnership with Griffith University, whose tourism team led by Dr Brent Moyle brought an “elevated perspective” to the table.

Murweh Shire Council mayor Shane “Zorro” Radnedge is heralding funding for an outback museum at Charleville and upgrades at the WWII museum. IMAGE: Supplied

Maranoa MP David Littleproud MP made the announcement last night at the Charleville Town Hall.

In the short term, the museum is expected to create 27 full time jobs and over the longer term employ 116 people.

“It is vital we acknowledge Deputy Premier Barnaby Joyce and our local federal MP David Littleproud for believing in this project,”  Cr Radnedge said.

“The federal government knows we have done it tough for years and we are turning negatives into positives and this funding will go a long way for our community and add value to the entire region.”

More details about the museum and its construction time frame will be announced in due course.

Zara’s legacy continues with online auction & raffle

A RURAL Queensland family has made it their mission to turn their unimaginable grief into life-changing fundraising efforts to help others, in honour of their baby girl who passed away last year.

Zara’s Day is a fundraising initiative in loving memory of Zara Hilary Boshammer, and this year is taking the shape of an online raffle and online auction to raise critical funds for the Steve Waugh Foundation and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Queensland Section.

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Zara Boshammer’s parents, Justin and Kate, with son Theo.

In a devastating blow no parent should ever have to experience, Kate and Justin Boshammer of Condamine in the Western Downs tragically lost Zara at almost seven months of age last November, to an extremely severe and rare disease, Pallister Killian Syndrome (PKS).

Zara was one of around 25 children in Australia, and around 500 worldwide, diagnosed with the condition, which has no known cause or cure. PKS affects children in many different ways, with a broad spectrum of medical and developmental challenges. It is just one of many rare conditions that affect over 400,000 children and young adults in Australia.

Kate and Justin, along with their five-year-old son Theo, are focused on making a difference for families and children whose lives are impacted by rare disease. The Steve Waugh Foundation is “somewhere to turn” for these families, and provides life-changing support through grants for therapy and equipment, to help children survive and thrive.

Kate and Theo with Zara in hospital

The RFDS is another cause close to the Boshammer’s hearts, particularly since they received two critical flights with Zara from Miles to Brisbane, to access a high level of medical care at Queensland Children’s Hospital.

“Our beautiful baby Zara was with us for nearly seven months, and we hold a deep gratitude for the blessings she brought to our lives,” Kate Boshammer said.

“Zara’s time with us, and the journey we travelled with her, was both challenging and life-changing. Zara will forever be part of our family, and the gifts she gave us will stay with us always.

“It is because of our experience with Zara that we now have a purpose to help make a positive difference in the lives of others affected by rare disease and life-limiting conditions, through Zara’s Day.”

Kate and Justin said they were grateful to those who have supported their mission so far, with $150,000 already being raised in Zara’s honour.

“Zara’s Day” last year at the Boshammers’ home at Condamine

On the afternoon of Zara’s funeral, over 200 friends, family, and supporters from far and wide gathered in their garden at “Elgin” in a monumental show of support.

“The day we said our final goodbyes to little Zara was a day of heart-wrenching grief and indescribable sadness. It was also a day of true connection, love and support,” Kate said.

“We witnessed overwhelming community spirit and philanthropy beyond what we could have ever imagined.

“Together, we raised an incredible $150,000 for the Steve Waugh Foundation, the RFDS Queensland Section, and funded two high flow oxygen facilities for our local Miles Hospital.”

Zara's Day charity has gone digital this year with an online auction and raffle
Kate Boshammer said their home garden was “Zara’s place of peace and relaxing”.

Kate said she believed Zara’s Day embodies her heart’s purpose as a mother, and is a place to channel the family’s deep gratitude and enduring love for their baby girl.

“We appreciate those who have supported us – and continue to support us – in honouring and remembering Zara, and we thank you for sharing in our journey,” she said.

“Together we are ensuring that Zara’s life will continue to make a difference in the lives of many others for a long time to come.”

You can help by following Zara’s Day on Facebook and Instagram – and telling a friend to do the same – and signing up to the mailing list at www.zarasday.com.au.

You can support behind the raffle (open 14 October – 14 November), and auction (open 29 October – 7 November) by buying raffle tickets and placing your bids to give generously to help change the lives of others.

Zara’s Day Online Raffle

●  Opening Thursday 14th October 2021, closing Sunday 14th November 2021

●  Raising essential funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service Queensland Section – providing a critical, life-saving service across our regional and remote communities (www.flyingdoctor.org.au/qld)

●  $10,000 worth of incredible raffle prizes on offer

●  When the raffle is open, visit http://www.zarasday.com.au to buy tickets.

Zara’s Day Online Auction

●  Opening Friday 29th October 2021, closing Sunday 7th November 2021

●  Raising life-changing funds for the Steve Waugh Foundation – supporting and enhancing the quality of life for children and young adults impacted by rare disease across Australia (www.stevewaughfoundation.com.au)

●  Over $47,000 worth of quality auction items

●  When the auction is open, visit http://www.zarasday.com.au to view the auction items and place your bids.

How you can help

●  Follow Zara’s Day on Facebook (www.facebook.com/zarasday) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/zarasdayfundraising)

●  Share with your friends and invite them to follow Zara’s Day

●  Visit http://www.zarasday.com.au to sign up to the mailing list and learn more

●  When the raffle and auction are open, please buy some raffle tickets and bid up!

Happy snaps and writeup from Wandoan Camel Races

By JACINTA CUMMINS, sponsored by Senex

THERE were two kinds of caravans flowing in and out of the Wandoan Showgrounds over the weekend – the camel kind and the camping kind.

Thousands of people had descended on the town for the annual Wandoan Camel Races, which is the local kindergarten’s only fundraiser for the year.

Punters came from Cairns in the north, Warwick in the south, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast in the east and from the far west for the biannual event.

The Senex Sips Under The Sun VIP Marquee sold out in late July with 325 people filling it.

PHOTOS: Jacinta Cummins / SENEX

Wandoan Kindergarten president Courtney Turvey said the committee was grateful to Senex for its sponsorship.

“For a small regional committee to host such a large occasion truly is a feat and Senex’s support really helped us deliver a first-class experience for both tourists and locals,” Courtney said. 

“It is easy to underestimate the fine details and heavy work duties that go into pulling off a great event like the camel races.

“Our volunteers donate hours of their time and energy, but the sponsorships are what equip them to do what they do.”

Senex community relations manager Trevor Robertson said Senex was delighted to be part of the races for the second time running.

“The camel races play to the sustainability and vibrancy of the Wandoan Community and its exceptional leaders,” he said.

“This is about more than just raising funds for the kindy. 

“It’s also about attracting people from far and wide to this wonderful town and the extra revenue it generates for local businesses.

“Senex is proud to partner with the Wandoan Kindy to deliver quality events which have long-lasting benefits.”

Mrs Turvey said the event was very well received, with positive media coverage and feedback for what was a great family day out. 

“I would like to acknowledge the previous Wandoan Kindergarten president Dani Blanchard, who was indeed Queen of the Camels and led our small team in the months leading up to Saturday.

“The funds raised will make a significant difference in the classroom and allow us to continue to build the five-decade legacy of the Wandoan kindy. 

“This mean we can not only retain our amazing staff but also attract other experienced educators and purchase resources which help unlock our kids’ imaginations, inviting them to explore the world around them.”

Given that the 2019 Camel Cup was claimed by Victorian jockey Kate Norman, the crowd went wild when Wandoan jockey Kaleb Stolzenberg brought it back home with his win on Wandoan Lad.

This was Wandoan Lad’s only win on the day. 

Kaleb donated his $500 prize back to the kindergarten. 

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Work begins on mega $14 million Dalby arts upgrade

By HARRY CLARKE

IN ONE of the Western Downs council’s biggest infrastructure spends in a “very, very long time”, works on a state-of-the art new Dalby Cultural Hub are now underway.

Expected to be completed by the end of 2022, the new facility will feature a library, cinema, theatre, office spaces and outdoor areas for dining and entertainment.

The $14 million redevelopment of the MyALL 107 library on Drayton St is being funded by the Western Downs Regional Council and the federal government, which have split the costs 50-50.

An artist impression of the new $14 million Dalby Cultural Hub

The first sods were turned at the now construction site by WDRC mayor Paul McVeigh, Maranoa MP David Littleproud, Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise infrastructure manager Lance MacManus and FKG project manager Connor Quinn.

Mr McVeigh said the exisiting 40-year-old MyALL 107 library facility was “getting tired” and needed to be revitalised.

“It is the eastern entrance to the Western Downs and we are very excited about this great development,” he said. 

“It turns a building that’s getting tired into an absolutely brilliant cultural centre for the Western Downs, especially the people in Dalby and those visiting Dalby.

Council money has come from its Covid Recovery Package.

Dalby Library has temporarily relocated to the Findex Building on Drayton Street, while the Dalby art gallery has temporarily relocated to the Marble Street Arts Centre at 23 Marble Street.

“This is a big spend. This is one of the biggest infrastructure spends in our community for a very, very long time,” Mr McVeigh said.

“Western Downs is growing and we have job vacancies everywhere. We need to be able to attract people to our region and one of the best ways to do that is to have facilities like this that families can come and enjoy.”

An artist impression of the new $14 million Dalby Cultural Hub

The Dalby Cultural Hub is being built by the FKG Group, which TSBE’s Lance MacManus said had a strong track record of delivering construction projects in the Western Downs.

“It’s fantastic to see FKG, who have a fantastic local content record in the region, building this infrastructure,” Mr MacManus said.

“We are looking forward to engaging with them to stimulate money and keep that money in the community through local subcontractor and contractor opportunities.”

(L-R) TBSE infrastructure manager Lance MacManus, WDRC mayor Paul McVeigh, Maranoa MP David Littleproud and FKG project manager Connor Quinn

David Littleproud, who this month has also visited Chinchilla’s Lupunyah Art Gallery and announced $2.1 million in funding for upgrades at the Stanthorpe Art Gallery, said arts and cultural infrastructure was equally important as roads and rail in the regions.

“This is about attracting people to regional rural Australia, and understanding that they cannot only have a career pathway, but they can have the ammenities that people in metropolitan Australian get to enjoy,” he said.

“What this partnership (with the WDRC) does with $14 million in taxpayer investment is ensures that Dalby continues to evolve as a modern community that’s able to attract people to come here and work and play.”

The $7 million federal government money is part of its Building Better Regions Fund.

An artist impression of the new $14 million Dalby Cultural Hub

Artists awarded, artwork gifted & arts funding granted

By HARRY CLARKE

ON A night when the Western Downs community’s artistic talents were celebrated, one of the region’s proudest artistic exports was honoured with one of his stunning works being donated to his home town gallery.

The Western Downs Regional Artists’ Exhibition is now on display at Chinchilla’s Lapunyah Art Gallery, showcasing the best visual work from artists living throughout the region.

The theme is ‘Anthropocene Epoch’ which “denotes an unofficial unit of geological time when human activity started to have a significant impact on the planet’s climate and ecosystem”.

Among the vibrant and varied works are award-winning entries from categories such as painting, 3D work, photography and people’s choice.

(L) David Littleproud and Amelia Dobson with (R) Brian Littleproud and David’s sons Hugh and Harry, with the Anthony Boy Turnbull piece “Kangaroo Dreaming”.

At the exhibition’s official opening, former longterm Chinchilla resident Brian Littleproud, who served as the state member for the former seat of Western Downs for 18 years, donated an artwork by acclaimed local artist Anthony “Boy” Turnbull.

Mr Littleproud and his wife Peta, now based in Toowoomba, purchased the artwork in 2016 while it as being displayed at the Lupunyah gallery.

Mr Littleproud said he wanted to return the artwork as thanks to the community in which he spent his formative years.

“I remember walking in at the exhibition and on the right hand side was this painting that took my attention,” Brian Littleproud said.

“Then I looked and saw that it was by Boy Turnbull. I realised that that young boy went to school here and thought it would be nice to acknowledge a local artist.

“It fit a couple of bills – first of all it would pay a tribute to young Turnbull, and number two, Peta and I could give it to the art gallery.

“It’s been great to come back to see this unveiled, and I’m pleased that the people of the gallery have now got it in their hands. It will be here forever for the people of Chinchilla.”

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Boy Turnbull grew up in Chinchilla but is now based in Oakey, according to Black Ink Press.

He is an acclaimed artist and author whose mother’s tribal homeland is Mithika in Western Queensland. His father’s tribal area is Bigumbul in Southern Queensland.

David Littleproud, federal member for Maranoa, officially opened the regional artists exhibition and said he was proud to be in attendance with his own sons while his father donated the Boy Turnbull piece.

“This community has given so much to the Littleproud family and it’s great that we’re able to leave something here that preserves our precious indigenous heritage,” David Littleproud said.

“It pays tribute to our traditional owners and this is a great depiction of their heritage and culture, and a visual representation of them being here for thousands of years.

“It’s something that we can be proud of, that we can all come and share together.”

David Littleproud will be in Stanthorpe this afternoon to announce $2.1 million in federal government funding to expand the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery.

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