Charters Towers Regional Report

This weeks Regional Report: Council takes an active approach to investment in town, local Youth flock to the PCYC & photo competition winners announced.

Abattoir

Extending our regions agriculture sector to the rest of the world is what the Charters Towers Regional Council has been working on for the past three years.

In an effort to show investors that council is serious about their business, councillors voted unanimously at the recent council meeting to engage BDO to develop a business model for an abattoir.

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Mayor Frank Beveridge says it’s now about giving investors hard figures and facts to ensure our region reaps the rewards of increasing global trade.

“Currently an abattoir which kills between 120,000 and 200,000 head a year, employs anywhere between 350 and 550 people,” says Mayor Beveridge.

“It has got the potential, employment wise, to have a massive impact on our town,” he says.

Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth is encouraged by the council’s proactive approach to attracting investment into our region.

“One of the things that is most important to our region is to ensure that we have an economic base there,” says Mr Knuth.

“That we can project forward to develop jobs for the region.

“Obviously we’ve seen the cattle industry in crisis over the years, particularly with the live export ban.

“When you look at a meatworks, well it’s just vital for the region,” he says.

Council has hosted a number of international investment groups interested in the establishment of both an abattoir and a cattle feed lot in the Towers, and continues to make great strides in our agriculture sector.

Check out the regional report above for the story.

Girl Guides

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It’s that time of year again. Girl Guide cookies are on sale and have been around for years.

Guiding has been around in Australia for more than 100 years, and it’s a rich tradition that continues to benefit girls through the region and across the world.

While the lessons they learn have changed with time, there’s no doubting that it’s very much a place for young girls to flourish.

Girl guides began as the female alternative to Boy Scouts and was primarily adventure based.

As families and schooling have evolved, there’s an increasing trend for guides to learn traditional skills overlooked in the classroom.

Knitting and pottery are taught alongside abseiling and orienteering; they say there’s something for every girl.

This May through June, they are running their annual cookie drive, selling their famous biscuits at schools, stalls and doorsteps around the region.

More than just buying biscuits, when you buy a box from guides, money goes into helping these girls pursue community projects.

From 5 years to 15, they encourage all girls to come along and give guides a go.

Check out the regional report above for the story.

PCYC

Local youth flocked to the PCYC over the weekend partaking in a range of events.

The weekend kicked off with a sports night attracting 20 youth who enjoyed a variety of activities such as taekwondo, basketball, badminton & table tennis.

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Everyone was encouraged to have a go and PCYC’s Karly Smith says it’s casual settings like this that ensure the program’s success.

“It gives them a chance to try a variety of different things in a more laid back setting,” says Ms Smith.

“Once they come in, they just pay their $5.00 at the door and they can just go from activity to activity, try it out, have a go.

“We get their instructors or coaches to come down, they can have a chat to them & ask the questions they want to know about the sport, if they’re interest in joining,” she says.

The next sports night will be held next term but members don’t have to wait that long get out on the field.

Every Saturday the club hosts a developmental soccer program which attracts around 70 budding soccer players every week and branch manager Paul Ansell says being part of a team helps with youth development.

“It gives them something to do, they just like the game,” says Mr Ansell.

“It’s just fun and the kids just enjoy getting out and about and having a game,” he says.

The PCYC is now calling on all youth to come down, get involved and unleash their potential.

Check out the regional report above for the story.

Foto Competition

Charters Towers is always brought to life with colours of our beautiful landscape and no one knows this better than our local council.

Council’s recent photo competition saw 70 budding artists submit their works into three categories.

Here are the winners…

Feb Foto Fun - Kate Andison

Feb Foto Fun- Sheriden Callcott

Feb Foto Fun-Sheralee Stoll

It is hoped these images will assist in promoting where we live by showcasing the diversity of our region through the artistic skills of locals.

Mayor Frank Beveridge says these photos are a reflecting of our regions thriving art sector..

“It’s alive and well. Especially with our schools, we’ve always had a vibrant art sector,” says Mayor Beveridge.

“Whether it’s painting, singing or acting, or any range of things.

“We’ve got our writers groups, our poetry groups so it is alive and well in Charters Towers,” he says.

Each competition winner was presented with a prize at the most recent council meeting, all entries can be viewed on Council’s Facebook page & at Council’s Administration Building.

Check out the regional report above for the story.

Biggest Morning Tea

The humble cup of tea.

It’s doing big things to help fund the fight against cancer and across the Charters Towers Region there’s no shortage of locals ready to do their part

By simply hosting a morning tea, locals are raising money to go towards life-saving research by the Cancer Council.

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It’s become one of the biggest fundraisers for the organisation, behind daffodil day and encourages everyone to start the conversation about cancer.

With staggering statistics of the reach of the disease, it’s no wonder that there are so many locals willing to lend a hand.

Across our region, locals have organised events, with proceeds from bake sales, raffles and donations all going to the cause.

So grab a cuppa and do your bit.

Check out the regional report above for the story.