Charters Towers Regional Report

 

Chinese tour our local facilities

Foreign investment is no rarity here in town.

A recent visit by a group of Chinese businessmen has some officials optimistic about the future. It’s the time to build in Charters Towers!

Local sentiment has been buoyed by some big ticket investments and Mayor Frank Beveridge says that’s not the last of it yet!

Charters Towers Mayor, Frank Beveridge, said “We had our visitors from Sino-Australia, they’re a group from central China who currently have supply chains out of NSW and Victoria and they’ve come to Charters Towers to see what we have to offer here.”

The Asian beef giant are looking to set up operations here in town and the Mayor says that it will give local agriculture the boost it so dearly needs.

“As we know any beef that goes out of this region into China pushes the prices up so the graziers are far better off. With higher meat prices the region will also flourish. We are in a drought situation, the third year, but things will turn around and we will go back to normal seasons,” Mayor Beveridge said.

Investment dollars go further than just the producer…

Mayor Beveridge said “Anything that gets established here or built here has a flow on effect. Any mine that opens up, an abattoir, another business or another processing plant, every hardware in town will benefit from it, every small shop. It does have a huge ripple effect flowing out of the community.”

Things really have been picking up for businesses in the run up to Christmas and council hopes that this continues into the new year.

EVENTIDE STORIES

They’ve been through wars, through town transformations and they’ve lived to tell the tale.

When a story starts with ‘back in the day’ you never know what you might be in for!

But that’s exactly what organisers at Eventide have tried to capture with their latest project to collate the stories of their residents.

Marianne says they’ve been working on it since March and uncovered all sorts of memories; from love stories to adventures and a few similarities when it comes to discipline.

Marianne Naughton, an organiser of the project, said “One thing I did notice is, all of the guys, with their stories, when they talked about school days, they all talked about getting the cane. That was the only thing that was the same, the rest of the stories have been very different.”

Old artefacts and intimate letters were key in piecing the stories together and highlighted the sacrifices that were made all those years ago.

They provide a local perspective on events that shaped the world.

“We’re very lucky to have all of the letters he sent home to his mother and sister and we’ve got almost his personal diary of his experiencing the war and when he first goes off he’s really excited and so very grateful to his country for giving him that opportunity and then he gets to Egypt and sees all those different things and he thinks that’s wonderful. He actually was at the Gallipoli landing on Anzac day,” Ms Naughton said.

And the more they talked, the more they were able to uncover.

The project highlights that there’s lot more to residents than meets the eye… if only you take the time to start the conversation.

 

OFFROAD FINALE

The new Millchester Motorsports complex was red hot with the State Annual end of year off road race.

The end of year finale brought rev heads from as far as Goondiwindi to give the new track a red hot run.

Secretary Don Young said it was great to see such a broad turnout; a sign of the vibrant regional competition that will ensure the success of the facility.

“That’s the basis behind our name, north Queensland off-road association it’s to pull everyone from Mount Isa, Gladstone, Mackay, the Burdekin, everywhere to race,” he said.

One of the big highlights of the day was the 14 year old who took out second place overall for the year.

While he’s yet to even get his driver’s licence it’s a great show that there’s some new talent in the sport.

“We’re always encouraging, CAMS have been great. They’ve got a young driver and are promoting young drivers to come into the sport. Matthew has come through the ranks, the superlights are really come into their own they’re the new starting class for the offroad, and the field is growing,” Mr Young said.

This new track in Charters Towers has set the bar for the sport.

Mr Young said “I think we’re ahead, I think we’re ahead. I’ve attended a number of venues down south and this here is certainly ahead of what’s down there.”

The final challenge for North Queensland Motorsport based here in town is lobbying local and state government for funding to help continue the development of the marquee project.

With a strong turnout on the weekend the benefits of the facility to both the sport and the region are hard to ignore.

 

Droughtmaster sale a hit

It’s the biggest round-up of Monty Atkinson Droughtmaster bloodlines, and this year’s Charter’s Towers sale was one to be remembered.

With sixty years of superior breeding behind them, the Droughtmaster bulls were in high demand at the fourteenth MAGS sale in Charters Towers this week.

The reputation of the Monty Atkinson bloodline was revealed in a total clearance of quality cattle on the day.

Ken McCaffery of McCaffery Livestock Marketting, said “The MAGS Droughtmaster sale was extremely successful and recorded above expectation results for the vendors… One hundred percent clearance for a gross of $478,000 and an average for all the bulls of $6,290.”

Buyers coming from as far as Winton, Gympie and the Atherton Tablelands were not disappointed with the quality on display.

“There was certainly positive bidding there yesterday as buyers were keen and bidding competition was very strong right throughout the sale from start to finish,” Mr McCaffery said.

The top dollar went to ‘Notebook’, a two-year old Lamont bull who was sold for a meaty $20,000 to Kevin Hinchcliffe of Rockhampton.

But big figures were on the books the whole sale over, and the record results are a good sign of market improvements for the entire region.

Mr McCaffery said “The fundamental signs are that these positive prices that we’re enjoying for commercial cattle in Australia will continue certainly into the intermediate future.”

 

BOWLS CAMPAIGN

The memorial services bowls club has been a part of our community for over 50 years a locals are rallying to ensure it continues for years to come.

Over half a century of play down on the lawn has really started to show.

Major repairs are needed at the local bowls club to revive the green and keep the members playing.

From Memorial Services Bowls Club, Rob Wyrne, said “Without the replacements green, our club’s finished. Even though we’ve got money in the bank if we can’t continue to play bowls there’s no reason to be here, other than wanting to be here.”

Those involved currently have gone out of their way to ensure the future of their beloved club but now they’re looking for outside help.

“They’ve built this club from scratch basically, the foundation of how it’s survived for so long. They’re very proud of what they’ve achieved up until now and they would be very sad to see it collapse,” Mr Wyrne said.

They’ve tried grant after grant, but to no avail.

Their latest crowdfunding campaign hopes to revive the club, its membership and its future.

My Wyrne said “The challenge now is to make sure that we ensure that bowls has a future as a sport. And that depends on us encouraging not just teenagers and young children to play but younger people, in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s because if we haven’t got those we haven’t got the foundation for long term existence.”

The club have urged the community to support the survival of one of our town’s oldest institutions and you can find all the details on how to donate on our website.