A round up of news and events from across the region in this week’s Maranoa Regional Report.
Australia Day awards recognise our aussie heroes, kids cool off to get into the spirit, a new face to contend in the March election, a community service rises again and local shutterbugs in their very first public display.
Take a look!
Australia Day Awards
Australia day is a chance to acknowledge how lucky we are to live in this country and on Tuesday, we said thanks to those people that make our region extra special.
Nominees for the Australia Day Awards lined the stage of the Roma Community centre and it was clear to see we’ve got some outstanding citizens in our midst.
From community leaders to sporting stars, cultural awards and young achievers it was recognition of their hard work through the year.
Roma and surrounds citizen of the year, Rebecca Swan says it was an honour to receive the award and all the hard work is worth it.
…And the celebrations continued at local pools around the region.
Injune, Mitchell, Surat and Roma hosted fun events for the whole family at their local pools for the 2016 Australia Day.
The Denise Spencer Memorial Pool had over 100 people flocking in to enjoy the Australian heat splashing around.
A new candidate for the Maranoa
Meet Brendan Thomas.
He’s the fresh blood that’s running in the upcoming local government election and he has big plans and big goals for the region.
“I’ve heard a lot of feedback from people already and what a lot of people want to see is more local jobs,” he says.
“Also to encourage service providers, be it within the health sector or even the pilots of the region to make sure more of them are either doing shorter stays, so not doing two months on two months off, but preferably becoming locals, moving their families out here or in future cutting down that gap from when they visit their families and go back home.”
A new community legal service
The Advocacy and Support Centre is here to stay and will be providing services across family, civil and criminal law in a new office early next month.
TASC is Queensland’s Largest Regional Legal Service and is all about bringing justice back to the community.
“Regional communities’, especially, access to justice can be difficult,” says Solicitor for the centre, Nick Ware.
“The reach of private services as well as legal aid is limited compared to major Metropolitan areas even larger regional areas. Issues such as domestic violence, drugs issues really call for legal assistance.”
From dusty plains to running streams to still life, there’s no shortage of inspiration for the 13 eager photographers of the Surat Shutterbugs.
It’s no easy feat, but they’ve put in the hard yards and were even recognised for their local contribution with an Australia Day Cultural Award.
“It’s been wonderful, it really makes you look at your own work and the critique really makes you view photos in a different light and I think just the different ways and methods has really helped our photography,” says Jenny Reddan.
“I think it’s an opportunity to showcase the work of our group, promote our images, just let the general public see what we can do,” added Marie Bright.