Saturday, February 4, 2023



Two of the very best

The organising committee of the Cambooya Australia Day celebrations could not split the outstanding community efforts of Rohan Greer and Christopher Collins, both receiving the Citizen of the Year award ... Rohan Greer is a well-respected and active volunteer in the community ... Chris Collins is recognised in the community as a selfless volunteer ...

Wheatsheaf Store: More than just a coffee shop

The Wheatsheaf Store owners are to be complimented as they have gone to great lengths to support local producers with the produce of local business Budgee Garlic and Herbs most prominent with a wide selection of jams ... Fresh local eggs are supplied by Emu Creek Eggs and cold drinks by Cook’s Soft Drinks of Pittsworth with a locally-produced selection of soaps also on offer.

Cambooya’s Blue Tree turning heads

The sight of two trees painted blue located on the eastern side of the New England Highway just north of the United Etonvale petrol station has caught the attention of motorists with a keen eye ... Painting the trees blue is not a random act but rather something that has been happening all over Australia as part of the Blue Tree Project.

Best ever heritage weekend

Thanks to all the hard working Committee and Volunteers who made the Allora Heritage Weekend such a great success. The weekend brings many visitors to our town, meaning a real boost to local businesses.

Construction companies shortlisted to build $8 billion worth of new hospitals and major expansions: D’Ath

Queensland Health has established a supplier panel of major construction companies to accelerate the delivery of three new hospitals and nine major hospital expansions under the Palaszczuk Government’s Queensland Health and Hospitals Plan ... “The building contractor shortlist of 12 was established based on an expression of interest process and through Queensland Health’s broader engagement with industry": Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Yvette D’Ath.

Scenic Rim forges ahead on the Garage Sale Trail

Scenic Rim sellers who turned their trash into cash during two weekends of garage sales in November 2022 generated more than $40,000 in sales and saved almost 3.2 tonnes of unwanted items from landfill ... “Programs such as the Garage Sale Trail play a valuable role in shifting community perceptions of purchasing second hand, supporting the transition to a circular economy and enabling more effective reuse and recycling of unwanted items”: Mayor Christensen.

International delegation to provide lasting benefits for the Lockyer Valley

Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor, Cr Tanya Milligan is honoured to be part of an upcoming international delegation to north America, which is set to focus on a range of issues for the Lockyer Valley. The Council of Mayors South East Queensland delegation will put a spotlight on waste management issues and better transport connectivity ahead of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

New rules for moving beehives into Queensland: Furner

Beekeepers can now apply for a permit to move European honey bees and other related materials into Queensland from the NSW General Emergency Zone (GEZ) after this zone was declared free of varroa mites ... “All states and territories across Australia have reached unanimous agreement that varroa mite is not present in the GEZ”: Qld Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities, Mark Furner.

Toowoomba is LifeFlight’s busiest base

Toowoomba LifeFlight was the aeromedical service's busiest Queensland base in 2022, with 659 people helped. The aeromedical missions were performed by the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue and Toowoomba LifeFlignt Surat Gas Aeromedical Service (SGAS) helicopters, which are based at the Clive Berghofer LifeFlight Centre and cover a huge area of the state, from the Darling Downs and beyond.

Back to school

Hundreds of students returned to school this week after the long summer break, along with many Prep students, who started their schooling lives. One local seat of learning, Cambooya State School welcomed 18 new Prep students to the school this week.

Plumes of smoke seen for miles

Hot windy conditions last Wednesday morning led to two fires developing at Old Talgal and Pratten with smoke visible from Allora, Hendon and Deuchar. A 'Prepare to Leave" warning was issued by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Wednesday afternoon for the Old Talgai fire, which also affected Ellangowan and Victoria Hill.

Excitement grows for the Allora Heritage Weekend

Nothing will stop the popular weekend this year - after a postponement then a cancellation in 2022 everyone is ready for an action packed two days of displays, demonstrations and swap meets this Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th January.

Palaszczuk Government signs off on over $370 million for Toowoomba to Warwick pipeline: Palaszczuk, Butcher

The pipeline will carry raw water from Wivenhoe Dam and connect with Toowoomba Regional Council’s existing water infrastructure to deliver water to Warwick and will be an opportunity to deliver treated water to the Toowoomba region communities of Cambooya, Greenmount, Nobby and Clifton. Importantly the pipeline provides drought contingency for residents of Southern Downs Regional Council.

Youth crime crisis: Robbie Katter

The youth crime crisis has not only once again revealed the Queensland Labor Government’s ineffective way of dealing with a problem but also exposes their disregard to the regions ... the fact that it took a response for a murder in Brisbane, not the constant high levels of violence and off the charts levels of offences occurring in Mount Isa, Townsville and Cairns, to incite some sort of change, is disappointing.

Downs police targeting youth crime

More than 20 young people in the Darling Downs area have been charged during a special holiday crackdown to combat youth offending. Operation Theta commenced on December 19, 2022 to proactively tackle youth offending during the busy school holiday period. In the first two weeks of the operation, Darling Downs District officers conducted 665 proactive activities, including a high visibility police presence in hotspot youth crime locations, shopping centre and business walkthroughs.

Saving horses to save people

The wild Australian Brumby is seen by many as a threat to the native environment, especially in the Snowy Mountains, but horse trainer Joe Hughes has not only helped to solve the problem but in the process has saved the lives of people suffering the effects of trauma ... he now uses his unique 4BP horse training methods (4 Brumby Protection) to transform wild brumbies for a life working with people.

Feedback needed for policy on footpath trading

Southern Downs Regional Council's Regulatory Services Team is currently responsible for issuing approvals for various footpath trading activities ... interested in obtaining feedback from participants and/or clients of disability groups and agencies of service providers about what some of the issues/ concerns are that people with disability have with the current commercial use of footpaths in the region.

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