Friday, May 31, 2024



New signage to track Nornalup rail history

Serena Kirby. The Denmark Historical Society is in the process of erecting information signage along the Denmark - Nornalup Rail Trail. The 38 signs provide historical background about the origins, significance and role that the old Elleker-Denmark-Nornalup railway line played in opening up the surrounding areas for grazing and settlement.

Volunteers track local success with tourist trains

As they stood in the shadow of the heritage 1960s 621/721 class rail motor at Grafton City Station, volunteers from the Rail Motor Society reflected with heartfelt pride and passion on the unequivocal diligence and resoluteness of their ongoing work which enabled local railway enthusiasts to experience the sensation of travelling in historic style over the weekend.

Urban Camp celebrates 40 years of unforgettable city experiences

For four decades, Urban Camp Melbourne has been bridging the gap between urban and rural life by providing a unique camping experience within the heart of the city. Nestled in Royal Park, Urban Camp offers an unparalleled experience for regional, remote and indigenous students to connect with the city and each other.

Keeping remote Queensland connected: Chisholm

Seven airstrips in Queensland are set to receive funding under Round 10 of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program ... The seven Queensland projects are sharing in $13.4m in new grants awarded under Round 10 to improve the safety and accessibility of airstrips across remote Australia. This includes the Lockhart River and Injune airstrips ... Kowanyama Airport ... Aurukun Aerodrome ... Woorabinda Airstrip ...

100 mile man

Wilson McShane. Twenty-three hours and 56 minutes. A lot can be achieved in this time, but few can say they have run 100 miles, or about 160 kilometres, in such a short timeframe. But this is what Kadina man Scott Martin achieved on Saturday, May 13, when he won the Irrational SOUTH 100 Miler through the Flinders Ranges.

Chuffed with J’s return home!

The excitement was getting a little too much at times. Not only for the team at Victorian Goldfields Railway (VGR) but also for locomotive J549 (J) ... And last Saturday at 12.30pm, an excited driver Paul McDonald brought J home to Maldon, with around 90 passengers equally excited to be part of the ‘chuff-chuff, woo-wooo’ journey.

Red dirt to reef for water warriors

The 2024 Variety Victoria Bash will kick off in August with cars 25 years or older piloted by teams raising money for Victorian children living with disabilities, illnesses, or experiencing disadvantage. A local team of Water Warriors is taking a 1988 Nissan GQ Patrol on the journey from Swan Hill to Airlie Beach ... Doug hopes the trip will be a great chance to raise funds for the kids and also give them an opportunity to highlight the current water issues on the way.

Final crossing – as future for Ulmarra to Southgate ferry service sinks

When asked if there was any community consultation undertaken by Transport for NSW prior to the announcement on May 10, Ms Kearney and Mr Pickering revealed there was none and said if there was any targeted consultation carried out it was not done locally. Describing himself as devastated and disappointed when he learned of the fate of the ferry, Mr Pickering said the Ulmarra and Southgate communities are in turmoil ...

Alpaca your bags for some furry fun – National Alpaca Week is here

National Alpaca Week kicks off on May 4th with a host of celebrations including open farm days, Mother’s Day picnics and educational programs for kids. The week serves to educate, entertain, and bring awareness to the alpaca industry, while promoting the production and use of high-quality alpaca fleece this winter season.

Bonza Aviation Pty Ltd (Administrators appointed)

Richard Albarran, Kathleen Vouris, Brent Kijurina and Cameron Shaw were appointed Administrators of the Company on 30 April 2024 pursuant to Section 436A of the Corporations Act 2001 ("the Act") by a resolution of the directors of the Company. The purpose of the appointment of an Administrator is to allow an independent insolvency practitioner to take control of the Company during which creditors' claims are put on hold.

Bonza statement: Tim Jordan, CEO

Bonza has temporarily suspended services due to be operated today (Tuesday 30th April), as discussions are currently underway regarding the ongoing viability of the business. We apologise to our customers who are impacted by this and we’re working as quickly as possible to determine a way forward that ensures there is ongoing competition in the Australian domestic aviation market.

Night drive

Mike Gillam. Travelling south, I leave Alice Springs before first light and I’m rewarded and indeed frustrated by a brilliant meteor plummeting to earth in the south west. The heavenly body is primarily bright green with an orange tail and I fail to capture it even though the camera sits on the seat beside me ready for such moments.

Now boarding from Bendigo Airport’s new terminal: Allan, King, Tierney, Edwards, Chesters, Metcalf

Bendigo Airport's new terminal and business park officially opens today, providing an economic boost to the region ... The terminal-which is approximately four times larger than the previous building-includes new check-in facilities and departure lounge, upgraded restrooms, provision for future security screening, and an indoor arrival area and baggage collection.

Musical performance at Homestead

On Monday guests at The Homestead in Allora were treated to an unexpected performance by two accomplished musicians who were visiting the town. It all started just outside Allora when the caravanning couple from South Australia had car trouble ... While this is unfortunate for the visitors it has been a bonus for Allora.

What car is Australia driving?

According to vehicle marketplace Car Sales, 1,216,780 vehicles were purchased in Australia in 2023, breaking the previous record of 1,189,116, set in 2017. But what is the most popular?

Stein follows in mum’s footsteps

In September 1995 a shy young Norwegian girl, Ingvill Backman, came to work on the Campbell farm, “Springbank” at Corack. For eight months she helped Trevor and Adam with all types of agricultural activities ... Now, almost twenty-nine years later her elder son, Stein Sira, has paid a visit to the Campbells.

ANZAC Day walk

Lee Mead. Interested in Maldon's history? Friends of Maldon Historic Reserve are hosting a stroll in the Maldon Historic Reserve in the afternoon on ANZAC Day. Learn about the history of ANZAC Hill and discover some of our unique gold-mining landscapes.

Flight reductions under watch

Narrandera and Leeton Shire Councils will be keeping their eyes open and continuing dialogue with Regional Express executives in relation to flight reductions and timing of flight schedules being resumed at the Narrandera Airport. An overview of the continued Regional Express flight reductions through until at least the end of October 2024 was considered by the joint airport management committee.

All aboard for a free ticket to ride

City of Coffs Harbour’s bold free bus travel initiative aims to help all members of the community, including people who don’t drive. The free bus travel trial starts on Friday 19 April, and Mayor Paul Amos said it would particularly support older people who no longer drive and unlicensed teenagers...

QLD Music Trails and CamperMate join forces on unforgettable reef experience giveaway

QLD Music Trails is a first of its kind tourism experience, inviting participants to embark on musical journeys that showcase the rich tapestry of Queensland's musical culture. CamperMate is a leading platform for travellers seeking camping and outdoor travel experiences. The partnership will leverage the strengths and synergies of both organisations ...

Fairer fares deliver huge savings in first year: Williams

Minister for Public and Active Transport Gabrielle Williams was in Geelong today, to mark one year of making regional public transport more affordable by capping the daily regional fare at the same price as the daily metropolitan fare. Passengers have been showing their enthusiasm for cheaper regional travel, with more than 22 million trips taken since the fare cap commenced.

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