Welcome to the May 2023 edition of the Home Hill News.
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The May 2023 Home Hill News is now available on the website.
THE Home Hill Chamber of Commerce will host a morning of Cowboys’ give-aways at the Home Hill Comfort Stop on Saturday, May 6. The focus will be on young supporters of the NQ Cowboys who will benefit from the handing out of donated supporters gear.
WELCOME to Home Hill’s Merry month of May – over four weeks of entertainment and events that provide for the enjoyment of all ages through arts and crafts activities as well as on the sporting fields.
THE Home Hill community has once again remembered those who fought and died for our freedom as they turned out in large numbers at the various commemoration ceremonies that took place in the town on Anzac Day, Tuesday, April 25.
THE Home Hill Sub-Branch of the RSL has honoured the continuing service of an Ayr and Lower Burdekin Caledonian Pipe Band member, who has been performing at Anzac Services in the town since 1982.
THE Burdekin Craft Spectacular will return to the Burdekin Memorial Hall, Home Hill on Saturday, May 13 providing an ideal opportunity for residents seeking novel gifts for Mother’s Day celebrations the following day.
TENNIS players from as far as Brisbane and Mareeba– and even New Zealand and Tasmania – were among the 44 teams of players that converged on the Home Hill Tennis Association courts complex over the May Day weekend for the 42nd annual Sugar Bowl tournament.
There have been recent reports to our office of some antisocial behaviour occurring in Home Hill and surrounds. If you witness suspicious behaviour or an offence being committed, please contact police immediately.
In the lead up to ANZAC Day, RSL’s across the electorate are finalising preparations for this year’s dawn parade, marches, and ceremonies.
SCHOOL children presented their views on Anzac Day when they were asked to complete “Post Cards of Honour” recently.
From the early start at the Dawn Service through to the street parade and Cenotaph commemoration services, there were children holding the hands of parents, siblings and teachers as they lined up to play their part in learning what Anzac Day is all about.
APRIL 25 is an extremely important day of the year on the Australian calendar and again, the Home Hill Sub-Branch of the RSL hosted the 2023 ANZAC Day Parade. With good weather and good company, we saw another ANZAC parade go by with no hiccups.
A TOTAL of 25 years of quilting experience brought huge dividends for Home Hill resident, Annette Kelly when she displayed her completed Embroidery Quilt featuring all aspects of Australia’s Armed Forces during Home Hill’s Anzac Day services.
The last weekend in May continues the entertainment with the Burdekin Cultural Fair, featuring the “First Cane Fire” of the season on Friday night, May 26, and the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships on Saturday, May 27 – the highlight of the Sweet Days Hot Nights Festival!
HOME HILL’s busy month of May now has an even bigger calendar of events, with the Home Hill Community Sports Club Inc. adding a Bowls Extravaganza on Sunday, May 28th to its program ahead of the Sweet Days Hot Nights Festival at the former Home Hill Showgrounds.
THE huge array of entertainment in and around the Home Hill district and even further afield has resulted in the Burdekin Artisan Community Association’s annual Burdekin Rags to Runway 2023 being postponed to June 17 to allow more of their prospective entrants and supporters to attend the popular event.
THE busy month of May is ahead of everyone in the Home Hill community and wider afield, as every weekend and many days in between throughout the month are filled with events to entertain the population.
THE Home Hill Chamber of Commerce acknowledged Wilmar Sugar’s Inkerman Mill for their sponsorship of printing The Home Hill News for almost six years, with the presentation of a certificate of thanks to their Manager, Community Relations and Internal Communication, Kylie Newman at the Chamber’s April networking meeting.
THE Burdekin Race Club is continuing to provide for the lovers of “The Sport of Kings”, with their program involving hosting a meeting at least monthly from the beginning of 2023 through to August, when they will feature a TAB meeting for the first time locally in many years.
THE Home Hill News continues to receive requests for Ayr news to be included in our pages, especially with more people on the northern side of the river being added to our circulation numbers. With enough contributions, we may be able to start up a specific Ayr page.
RESIDENTS of Home Hill who are “driven batty” by the current colony of flying foxes in Kidby’s Gully may be able to gain financial assistance towards solving their problems by following a “Flying Fox Roost Residents” on offer by the Townsville City Council to their ratepayers.
HORSE racing stories, which have been disseminated over the years, are a common subject amongst even the most apathetic of people – owners, trainers, jockeys and patrons who all have their favourites. Here’s a story about an Ugly Duckling named ‘Namdrae’…
YOUNG people in the Burdekin District, aged between five and 25, are being given the opportunity to join in with “fun and challenging opportunities to grow through adventure”
WORD of mouth has always been the best advertisement for the popularity of Home Hill’s Comfort Stop and a recent message that was passed on to us highlights how much benefit the Comfort Stop is to the town and how many visitors hear about it on social media.
THE Home Hill Chamber of Commerce wants your views on whether it should change its name…
2023 marks the 50th year anniversary since the 1973 proclamation of the end of Australian involvement in the Vietnam War.
A MAJOR much-needed upgrade is under way at the only service station in Home Hill, with a brand change from BP to United Petroleum (Pie Face).
A NEW Main Road contractor’s camp has just been set up at Iyah Creek, south of Home Hill and I’m led to believe that another overtaking lane is to be built between Inkerman Hill and Home Hill.
ANOTHER business is leaving Home Hill which is not good—and now we have another empty building.