David McMahon

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This time it is the historic gold mining town of Charters Towers.  Meeting with community group on how to improve their operations and looking at the future. Funding covers this type of grant so it is cost neutral.  We have been successful with a couple of grants over the past couple years and I can assist your organisation do the same for facility improvements.

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June 12, 2017 at 8:58 am

Rail 150 in Goondiwindi 2015

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Last week I attended the Southern Downs Steam Railway board meeting in Warwick to discuss next years plan to celebrate 150 years of rail in Queensland. I am now pleased to announce that our region will celebrate this landmark event by a visit of the steam train over the June long weekend.

Followers of this blog will no doubt be aware that this has been a long time coming as I flagged this event last year and have been talking to not only the Steam Train people in Warwick but also Queensland Rail.

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Now with the steam train visit locked in it is now possible to see what other activities compliment the visit of the train and how we as a community can capitalise on any opportunities. Any suggestions by the community would be welcome so if you think of something please stop me in the street, telephone, email, facebook…

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February 9, 2017 at 5:22 am

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Cycle Queensland 2011-Goondiwindi

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These photographs courtesy of Bicycle Queensland ‘s official photographer shows what 815 people, waiting for the CQ 2011 Goondiwindi to Brisbane ride to begin, looks like all together.  It is probably the only opportunity to get them photographed all in one place at the one time throughout the whole event. 

The following photograph is from Bicycle Queensland show the cyclists heading east along Marshall Street .

More photographs from Yelarbon and Texas to follow in another web post shortly.

 

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February 7, 2017 at 3:30 am

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Volunteer Grants Program now open.

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VOLUNTEER GRANTS PROGRAM

The Federal Government’s Volunteer Grants program is NOW OPEN with up to $10 million available to support, encourage and increase participation in volunteering. These grants are designed to help community organisations, such as community clubs, support their volunteers by making their voluntary work easier, safer and more enjoyable.

Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 are available to help not for profit community organisations or groups support their volunteers through practical measures such as the purchase of small equipment items, reimbursement for volunteer’s fuel and transport costs, or contributions towards the cost of training etc.

The Volunteer Grants 2016 Application Pack is available from the Department of Social Services’ website – www.dss.gov.au/grants or you can email grants@dss.gov.au.

Applications for the Volunteer Grants 2016 close at 2pm AEDT on Tuesday 20 December.

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November 22, 2016 at 7:08 am

Goondiwindi to Gold Coast cycle ride returns 2017

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Here’s the front page of the brochure produced in 2005.  Attractive destination point, the Gold Coast, and hopefully up to 1,000 riders through Goondiwindi, Yelarbon, Inglewood, Texas and onto the Gold Coast.

To maximise the benefits of up to an extra 1,000 people,  looking to link with community events along the way, including the annual food festival in Goondiwindi, but will wait to see if that meets the Cycle people’s schedule for the event.  Looking early part September 2017.

You can register now for the ride by visiting.. .http://cycleqld.bq.org.au/

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September 22, 2016 at 10:06 am

Ambulance service boost… come along way since 1920

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I received a media release today (Wednesday) from the State Government advising that Goondiwindi has received an additional four paramedics.  According to the media release the new officers commenced in their positions in Goondiwindi in May.

At a time when government jobs are being removed from rural Queensland (who remembers when the Court House was bulging with public servants from differing departments?) it is heartening to see an “influx”of  people, into a place like Goondiwindi.

Things were a lot different for the old QATB officers in Goondiwindi in 1920 by the look of the ambulance station.     I wonder how many “ambos” were stationed in Goondiwindi when this photograph was taken?

So a belated welcome to our four new paramedics.  We hope to see you out and about and hope we aren’t in need of your services or your mode of transport  just yet!!  But good to know that if we are you are…

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June 14, 2016 at 3:17 am

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Caravan Rally may return to region…fingers crossed..

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2017 and we are in with a big chance…

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We welcomed 700 people in 328 Caravans in September 2006. They camped at the Goondiwindi Showgrounds for 7 days.  Now it’s about time we welcomed them back to the region and that could include them going Inglewood or Texas. It’s their choice where they go.  Here they are proudly marching down Marshall Street from the Town Park.  

We have a reputation for being a friendly lot in our region so I’ll ask and see if they want to come back!! We must have done something right as they have never reached that number of caravans or people for a State Rally since 2006. Anyway I’ll put the feelers out and see how we go.March 2006

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June 14, 2016 at 3:10 am

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