No 87 March 2023 – Home Hill News

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Welcome to the February 2023 edition of the Home Hill News.

You can read or download the whole newsletter (in pdf format) using the link above or read the individual articles below.

Home Hill Swimming Pool

What’s in the Future for the Home Hill Swimming Pool?

A Consultant’s report to a recent Council meeting, which recommended that the Home Hill Swimming Pool be halved in length drew a hasty, mostly negative response from the local community after appearing in the council agenda. However, Cr McLaughlin reassured locals that no councillors supported the recommendations.
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Burdekin Library Counter

Social Media Workshop for Small Businesses (SOLD OUT)

Are you a small business operator in the Burdekin district and overwhelmed with social media? If you are, then come along and join a free social media workshop to be facilitated by social media strategist, Kellie Stephenson. Held at the Burdekin Library on Friday, March 10 – 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm.
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Justin Roy Scott

Memorial Kid’s Bash growing in Popularity 

THE popularity of the ‘Justin Roy Kids Bash’ in memory of the late Justin Roy Scott, who tragically lost his life in flooding at Groper Creek has grown considerably, judging by the large crowd of children (& adults) who joined in a day of fun and games.
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Leaders of the Home Hill Sub Branch of the RSL

RSL Leadership Team elected 

THE Home Hill Sub-Branch of the RSL concluded another year of activity at its recent 2023 Annual General Meeting, where all committee positions were filled as they moved into the year ahead. President Richard Kelly presented his annual report to the meeting and took the opportunity to thank his committee.
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Home Hill Ephemera Flags

Get your Thinking Caps on for the 2023 Ephemera Display!

THE 2023 Home Hill Harvest Festival may be the best part of a year away but organisers of the annual Ephemera display in the Lloyd Mann Gardens are already encouraging the community to start thinking about prospective entries for the annual display. 
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Dale Last MP Member for Burdekin

Dale’s Parliament Update

AS I write this, the first sitting of Parliament for 2023 is about to take place and I am expecting debate on legislation around youth crime will be to the fore.
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Sam Row at his Piano Recital at The Vault in Home Hill with his former music teacher Mrs Marie Finn

Pianist returns Home for Dual Role

A YOUNG pianist, who grew up in the Burdekin District has returned for a dual purpose – to spend two weeks doing magical tricks on the synthesiser for the Shrek Musical; and display his skills on foot pedals as well as his hands on the keyboard and other buttons.
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Haughton Solar Farm

Applications Now Open for Community Fund Grants

APPLICATIONS are now open through the Haughton Solar Farm Community Fund for eligible community groups and not-for-profit organisations residing in Home Hill, Ayr, Brandon, Clare, Dalbeg, Giru and Millaroo to apply for project funding.
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Home Hill Chamber of Commerce treasurer John Clarke left assists new secretary Robert Antoniazzi

Chamber appoints New Secretary 

A NEW secretary has been elected to the management committee of the Home Hill Chamber of Commerce, following the recent resignation of former secretary, Terry Cross. 
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Milky Rocket (6) wins the first race ahead of Collombatti (1) at Home Hill

Female Jockeys prominent in Home Hill Racing 

WHILE wet weather may have dampened the enthusiasm of many of the regular patrons of the Burdekin Race Club for their February 18 meeting, the small crowd was still able to enjoy a competitive five-race program with close finishes in most of the events. 
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Horses parade before the start of the first event in Home Hill

Racing Improvements continue 

THE Burdekin Race Club is continuing to make improvements to its track and facilities as it leads into the 25-year celebrations for the Burdekin Growers Race Day on Saturday, May 20.
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Commercial Tavern Ayr Entrance

Prostate Cancer Luncheon 

A PROSTATE Cancer Luncheon is being planned for the Burdekin district to “enhance much-needed funds towards Cancer Research, which can benefit each and every one of us”. The “Do It For Cancer” luncheon will be held at Coutts Commercial Hotel, Queen Street Ayr, on Saturday, April 1, at 11.30am. 
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Apprentices Daniel Howie and Jorja Grabs in the fitters workshop at Pioneer Mill

Career start for 34 Wilmar Sugar Apprentices 

SEVENTEEN new apprentices have started their working careers with Wilmar Sugar’s Burdekin Mills, as part of the 34 new apprentices who have started on the tools at the company’s Queensland mills and bioethanol distillery.
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Orchid Society change 

A SPECIAL general meeting was held as part of the February meeting of the Ayr and District Orchid and Allied Plant Society (ADOAPS ) for the purpose of changing the meeting time and date. 
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Maintenance underway

OUR February issue addressed the ongoing concerns about overgrown properties thanks to La Nina and a very wet, wet season, which also coincided with council gardeners being on annual holidays. However, plenty of maintenance is now underway.
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Cane Farmer Joe Rigano and his new town map

Mr Rigano shines light on the Importance of volunteering

OUR report last month with regard to the project by local cane farmer, Joe Rigano to install a town map of Home Hill and the history behind the original attempts to install the map, has had a follow-up from Mr Rigano regarding his history with the Home Hill Apex Club.
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Home Hill BP servo is getting a major facelift

Upgrades for our Town

THINGS are really looking up as the Home Hill BP servo is getting a major facelift as well as the old Commercial Hotel is getting a major upgrade for workers accommodation.
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Comfort Stop mosaic water feature showing damage

Comfort Stop Upgrades?

I DO not want to be pushy, but after six years, how about spending some money on the Comfort Stop mosaic water feature, which is in a terrible condition?
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RSL Queensland logo

Become a Member TODAY!

THE Home Hill RSL Sub-Branch has just held its annual general meeting, which was well attended with all positions filled easily. Should you want to join just as a member, please get in touch!
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Stand up & Speak out

I believe it is our right and duty to voice and express our view on current issues concerning our town, the ratepayer and general public, as our opinions matter.
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