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SPORT ON THE BARCOO

Blackall bowlers a close second in Barcaldine trebles
A TEAM of Blackall bowlers, consisting of Gumby Chapman, Gary Whitfield and Dally Holden, came within two points of winning first prize in Barcaldine last weekend. The winners were Springsure, led by Colleen Kelly with a total of 67 points. Blackall bowlers finished with 65 points and Longreach had a total of 63 points. It was a close contest all weekend. Twelve social bowlers also had a bit of fun at Blackall as well. This weekend at the Blackall bowls club it is back to competition games, with Gumby and D Holden going head to head in A singles, spotted by J Bowyer. G Whitfield and R Browning will play against one another, with spotter R Robinson. In B singles, C Pfingst and J Carter will be spotted by R Doyle. M Pfingst and Woody will play in handicap singles, with spotter D Carter, and Loretta and J Blucher will play in sets of nine ends, with spotter T Brown. There will be social rinks available on the Sunday morning. All games will start at 9.30am. The Blackall bowls club are also holding a big presentation night on Saturday, June 26 for all members. Winners between 2005 and 2009 will be recognised.

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Former mayor honoured
By ROWAN HUNNAM
TWENTY-THREE years with the Tambo Shire Council is just one of the feats that earned Dougal Davidson of Macfarlane, Tambo an Order of Australia medal this year. The last mayor of the former Tambo Shire Council was honoured for his service to the local government and the wider community. Dougal says he has thoroughly enjoyed working with other positive people in western Queensland to make the region a better place. “This is something that you do for your region and for your community to make it a better place to live in.” “The community of Tambo is a very vibrant one and I enjoyed representing them,” Dougal said. “I feel honoured that people saw fit to nominate me for this award.” “In my time, I was fortunate to have two very good deputy mayors and some very positive councillors who just wanted to get on with things.” “Most importantly, I have a wonderful wife. You’ve got to have the backing of your partner; they have to be your best supporter!” Current Blackall-Tambo Regional Council mayor Jan Ross, who was a councillor in Tambo for four years from 2004, said the recognition is well deserved. “He is a great man for Tambo,” Cr Ross said. “He devoted himself to the community there and local government for all those years.” “He is very progressive and has given Tambo a very positive outlook particularly as a result of the urban design strategy.” Dougal was mayor between 1987 and 2008, as well as a councillor for 23 years from 1985. “We had a policy in Tambo that we would assist any of the groups that were prepared to assist themselves,” he

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Social bowls
Experienced competition player Don Daly (left) showed Alisa Remeikis and Tim Politch how it was done in a few games of social bowls on Sunday morning on the Blackall green

said. As well as mayor and councillor, Dougal has been a representative on the Blackall-Tambo Regional Council Local Transition Committee, an executive member on the Local Government Association Queensland between 1992 and 2008 representing western Queensland, president of the Western Queensland Local Government Association for the same period, chairman of the Outback

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ON THE BOWLING GREEN I Wayne Richardson and Judy Evers enjoyed a morning of social bowls

BLACKALL and Thargomindah have entered into an artistic partnership together, creating two corresponding sculptures around the theme of water. CICADAS representative Robyn Adams said that the idea was to produce something that would represent how important water is to both communities. “Both towns are based on rivers and both historically moved forward once they had tapped into the heat and pressure of the artesian basin,” she said. “All these forms of water; rain, the artesian basin and rivers, are intrinsically linked to the functioning of these communities.” Sculptor Fredrick White was commissioned to design and construct the two pieces with support from both councils and Arts Queensland. Fredrick was in western Queensland in February and spent time with locals; fishing, pulling bores, exploring the town and river areas and comprehending the communities’ strong connections to water. The sculpture in Thargomindah was completed last week, and Fred is now in Blackall for three weeks working on the 8metrelong piece to go by the Barcoo River, entitled ‘Life Span’.

‘Life Span’ under construction

“THIS IS HOW IT CAME OFF THE ROAD” I Kevin Harlow, Blackall, with Cecil ‘Dinny’ Gill in front of Dinny’s fathers truck. Kevin bought the 1926 Graham Brothers truck from Dinny’s brother 35 years ago for 4 cartons of beer and has maintained it in its original state. See page 8 for more.

Robyn and Bettie from New South Wales enjoyed a game of bowls in the It was a mixed bunch of tourists and warming hours of Sunday morning locals at the bowls green on Sunday Page 12 - The Barcoo Independent, Friday, June 18 2010

Hazel McHugh and Roy Black rugged up for a game of social bowls at the Blackall Bowls Club

Regional Fuel Watch - page 3
Past students enjoy 40 year reunion - page 6 and 7

A few very frosty mornings have done little to lessen the numbers of spur-throated locusts which are still about. All the animals have grown their winter coats and enjoy lying about in the sunniest part of the paddocks, thawing out after the morning chill. It is good to have a real change of season. Congratulations to Dougal Davidson; the last mayor of the former Tambo Shire Council, on his welldeserved award, an Order of Australia medal. A dedicated councillor for 23 years with 21 years as chairman and mayor. Dougal’s leadership was well supported by a united council and a resilient, optimistic community who worked with their respective councils, enabling each successive council to

FROM THE MAYOR’S DESK

WHATS ON in 2010
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Blackall Emergency Services Open Day Fundraiser Blackall Equestrian Group Jump Club Blackall Combined Schools’ Athletics Carnival Woolscour Tour and Dinner Blackall Bowls Club Presentation Night 2005-2009 Blackall Pony Club Open Sports Day Blackall Pony Club Gymkhana Woolscour Tour and Dinner AusIndustry Business Breakfast Blackall Woolscour Market Day Blackall Races Woolscour Bush Dinner Woolscour Tour and Dinner Onsite E-Business Solutions Training Outback Inspirations Exhibition Opening, Tambo Blackall Community Markets Qld Youth Orchestra Big Band Performance, McLean Place, Blackall Qld Youth Orchestra Big Band Performance, Tambo Woolscour Tour and Dinner Blackall Combined Agents’ Weaner and Store Cattle Sale Qld Youth Orchestra Big Band Performance, Blackall

JULY
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instigate urban renewal, significant sporting facility upgrades with community groups’ financial input, art and culture infrastructure with community groups’ financial input; all of which have given the population of Tambo and district a great sense of pride and ownership of their town. There is no social division in Tambo as the community realised one sector is unable to function without the other and in pulling together as a team much has been accomplished. In response to the Wild Rivers Lake Eyre Basin policy consultation paper a joint submission was prepared by RAPAD and AgForce and has been sent to the relevant minister. RAPAD facilitated a meeting with stake holders, PEW Environmental representing Western Rivers Alliance. Also attending were the Wilderness Society, Coopers Creek Protection Group, Georgina and Diamantina Catchment Groups, Aboriginal Advisory Group representing the 13 Murri tribes of the Wild Rivers Area and the Flinders Shire Council. From the meeting a communiqué was drafted and sent to the minister. This entire exercise has taken some time, however the Blackall Tambo Regional Council has been actively engaged in the process of compiling the submission through a series of meetings which have been attended by Cr Sally Cripps, Economic Development Officer John Hine and myself. Work continues on the airport apron. My thanks to our workforce for their dedicated focus on this project. To ensure the completion of the works our men have given up their RDOs and weekends to push on with the task. Once the task is complete I’m sure all time owing will be made up, ensuring they are able to rest after such an effort. Increasing numbers of tourists are availing themselves of the attractions of both Blackall and Tambo. It is a real pleasure to be able to direct them to the facilities they require when they stop you in the street. They are always very complimentary about the attractions and ambience both towns have to offer. I believe our staff at the tourist information centres have been kept very busy indeed. The Blackall Tambo Regional Council have purchased the property 62 Shamrock Street with settlement effective from June 15. The arrival of the Council taxi has been long awaited. Such an addition to our services will mean much to those who are in need of transport in the region. Use and conditions applying will be forthcoming in the near future. We trust if there are issues to be addressed, groups will come forward with factual details. Council is committed to working with all groups within the region to improve the lifestyles enjoyed in both communities.

4:30 Shortland Street 5:00 Something in the Air 5:30 The New Inventors 6:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 Talking Heads 2:00 Parliament Question TIme 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:00 Cheese Slices 6:30 Poh’s Kitchen 7:00 News 7:30 7.30 Report 8:00 The New Inventors 8:30 Spicks and Specks 9:00 The Gruen Transfer 9:30 United States of Tara 10:00 At the Movies 10:30 Lateline 11:05 Lateline Business 11:30 Spooks 12:25 Parliament Question Time 1:25 Movie: Friends and Lovers (PG) 2:30 Big Ideas 3:25 National Press Club Address

Barcoo Independent TV Guide June 20 - 26 ABC SEVEN Imparja SBS
6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 News 12:00 Movie: Flushed Away (G) 2:00 The Zoo 2:30 Medical Emergency 3:00 Infomercials 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 News 5:00 M*A*S*H 5:30 Deal or No Deal 6:00 News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home and Away 7:30 Border Security 8:00 The Force – Behind the Line 8:30 Police Under Fire 9:30 I Married a Stranger 11:50 The First 48 12:00 Trade Wars 12:30 Sons and Daughters 1:00 Infomercials 4:00 NBC Today 5:30 News 6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 News 12:00 Movie: The Wild (G) 2:00 The Zoo 2:30 Medical Emergency 3:00 Infomercials 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 News 5:00 Discover Downunder 5:30 Deal or No Deal 6:00 News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home and Away 7:30 The Matty Johns Show 8:30 How I Met Your Mother 9:30 Cougar Town 10:00 True Beauty 11:00 American Dad 11:30 Flashforward 12:30 Trade Wars 1:00 Infomercials 4:00 NBC Today 5:30 News 6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 News 12:00 Movie: Raising Helen (PG) 2:30 The Golden Girls 3:00 Infomercials 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 News 5:00 Hawk’s Active 5:30 Deal or No Deal 6:00 News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home and Away 7:30 Better Homes and Gardens 8:30 AFL: St Kilda v Geelong 11:45 Scrubs 12:15 Movie: Time Served (AV) 2:05 The First 48 3:00 Infomercials 4:00 NBC Today 6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 9:00 Saturday Disney 11:00 Children’s Programs 12:00 V8 Xtra 12:30 Touring Car Masters 1:00 Beauty and the Geek Australia 2:00 Rookie Vets 2:30 Movie: The Lizzie McGuire Movie (G) 4:30 What’s Up Down Under 5:00 Creek to Coast 5:30 Queensland Weekender 6:00 News 6:30 Hook Line and Sinker 7:00 AFL: Swans v Collingwood 10:30 International Rugby: Australia v Ireland 1:00 Movie: Jersey Girl (M) 3:00 TheHitRater.com 3:30 It Is Written 4:00 Infomercials 5:00 Dateline NBC 6:00 Today 9:00 Kerri-Anne 11:00 News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days of Our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 News 5:00 Antiques Roadshow 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 News 7:00 Two and a Half Men 7:30 Hey Hey It’s Saturday 9:30 20 to 1 10:30 Wimbledon Day 3 4:00 F Troop 4:30 Entertainment Tonight 5:00 News 5:30 Today

6:30 FIFA World Cup: Nigeria v Korea Republic 8:30 FIFA World Cup: Morning News 9:10 International News 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 FIFA World Cup Match of the Day 6:00 Global Village 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Inspector Rex 8:30 James May’s Big Ideas 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Santo, Sam and Ed’s Cup Fever! 10:30 FIFA World Cup Show 11:30 FIFA World Cup: Slovenia v England 2:00 FIFA World Cup: USA v Algeria 4:00 FIFA World Cup Match Lead-in 4:20 FIFA World Cup: Australia v Serbia 6:30 FIFA World Cup: Ghana v Germany 8:30 FIFA World Cup: Morning News 9:10 International News 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 FIFA World Cup Match of the Day 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 My Family Feast 8:00 Oz and James Drink to Britain 8:30 The Supersizers Eat… 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Santo, Sam and Ed’s Cup Fever! 10:30 FIFA World Cup Show 11:30 FIFA World Cup: Slovakia v Italy 2:00 FIFA World Cup: Paraguay v New Zealand 4:00 FIFA World Cup: Cameroon v Netherlands 6:30 FIFA World Cup: Denmark v Japan 8:30 FIFA World Cup: Morning News 9:10 International News 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 FIFA World Cup Match of the Day 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Coast 8:30 As it Happened 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Santo, Sam and Ed’s Cup Fever 10:30 FIFA World Cup Show 11:30 FIFA World Cup: Portugal v Brazil 2:00 FIFA World Cup: Korea v Ivory Coast 4:00 FIFA World Cup: Chile v Spain 6:30 FIFA World Cup: Switzerland v Honduras 8:30 FIFA World Cup: Morning news 9:10 International News 1:00 San Remo Song Festival 2:45 The Chopin Etudes 3:00 The Actress and the Dancer 3:30 Tim Marlow Meets… 4:00 Living with the Future 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 FIFA World Cup Match of the Day 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Monster Moves 8:30 Bikini Revolution 9:30 High Altitude 10:00 Santo, Sam and Ed’s Cup Fever 10:30 FIFA World Cup Show 11:30 FIFA World Cup: 1st Round of 16 4:00 FIFA World Cup: 1st Round of 16

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4:30 Shortland Street 5:00 Something in the Air 5:30 The New Inventors 6:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 How the Earth was Made 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Jeeves and Wooster 1:30 Collectors 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:05 Grand Designs Revisited 7:00 News 7:30 The 7.30 Report 8:00 Catalyst 8:30 Churchill’s Darkest Decision 9:25 Mr Sin: The Abe Saffron Story 10:25 Lateline 11:00 Lateline Business 11:25 Live from Abbey Road 12:20 Parliament Question Time 1:20 Movie: The Challenge (G) 2:35 Movie: Curse of the Cat People (PG) 3:55 Can We Help? 4:30 Shortland Street 5:00 Something in the Air 5:30 The New Inventors 6:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Catalyst 11:30 The New Inventors 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Enough Rope with Andrew Denton 1:30 Cranford 2:30 Spicks and Specks 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:05 Meerkat Manor 6:30 Can We Help? 7:00 News 7:30 Stateline 8:00 Collectors 8:30 Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple 10:05 beached az 10:05 30 Seconds 10:35 Lateline 11:15 The Graham Norton Show 12:05 Rage 5:00 Rage 10:00 Rage: Guest Programmer: Meat Loaf 11:00 Poh’s Kitchen 11:30 Message Stick 12:00 Stateline 12:30 Australian Story 1:00 Foreign Correspondent 1:30 Can We Help? 2:00 Rugby League 4:00 Pilot Guides 5:00 Bowls: International Test: Australia v England 6:00 Planet Food: India 6:30 Gardening Australia 7:00 News 7:30 Doc Martin 8:25 News Update 8:30 The Bill 9:15 News Update 9:20 Midsomer Murders 11:00 Silent Witness 11:55 Rage

6:00 Today 9:00 Kerri-Anne 11:00 News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days of our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 News 5:00 Antiques Roadshow 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 News 7:00 Two and a Half Men 7:30 Getaway 8:30 Sea Patrol 9:30 The NRL Footy Show 11:15 Wimbledon Day 4 1:00 One Day International Cricket: England v Australia 5:30 Today 6:00 Today 9:00 Kerri-Anne 11:00 News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days of our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 News 5:00 Antiques Roadshow 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 News 7:00 Two and a Half Men 7:30 Friday Night Football: Illawarra Dragons v Wests Tigers 9:30 Friday Night Football: Panthers v Sea Eagles 11:30 Wimbledon Day 5 4:00 Entertainment Tonight 4:30 Good Morning America 6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Today 9:00 Danoz Direct 10:00 Children’s Programs 4:00 Discover Downunder 4:30 Postcards International 5:00 4WD TV 5:30 Fishing Australia 6:00 News 6:30 Australia’s Funniest Home Videos 7:30 Movie: Shrek the Third (PG) 9:25 Movie: National Lampoon’s European Vacation (M) 11:25 Wimbledon Day 6 4:00 Spirit of a Champion – Roger Federer 4:30 Alive and Cooking 5:00 Skippy – the Bush Kangaroo 5:30 Rise and Shine

Saturday June 26

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5:00 Rage 6:30 Children’s Programs 9:00 Insiders 10:00 Inside Business 10:30 Offsiders 11:00 Asia Pacific Focus 11:30 Songs of Praise 12:00 Landline 1:00 Gardening Australia 1:30 Message Stick 2:00 Travel Oz 2:30 The House of Windsor 3:30 1000 Journals 5:00 IOU Judith Wright 5:30 Art Nation 6:00 At the Movies 6:30 Treks in a Wild World 7:00 News 7:30 Doctor Who 8:15 Doctor Who 8:30 News Update 8:35 Agatha Christie’s Poirot 10:10 Compass 10:40 Soweto Strings 12:10 Order in the House 1:10 Movie: The Man with the Golden Arm (M) 3:05 Many Tongues: One Voice 3:30 Talking Heads 4:00 First Tuesday Book Club with Jennifer Byrne

Barcoo Independent TV Guide June 20 - 26 ABC SEVEN Imparja SBS
6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 Movie: The Pennsylvania Miners’ Story (PG) 12:00 According to Jim 12:30 V8 Supercars 5:00 Mercurio’s Menu 5:30 Great South East 6:00 News 6:30 Sunday Night 7:30 Border Security 8:00 The Force – Behind the Line 8:30 Movie: National Treasure: The Book of Secrets (PG) 11:00 Scrubs 11:30 Russell Brand’s Ponderland 1:00 The Mole – the Amazing Game 2:00 Infomercials 3:00 NBC Meet the Press 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 News 6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Today 10:00 Wide World of Sports 11:00 The Sunday Footy Show 12:00 Sunday Roast 1:00 4X4 Adventures 2:00 Men in Trees 3:00 30 Years of Origin 4:00 Sunday Football: Wests Tigers v Raiders 6:00 News 6:30 Customs 7:00 Send in the Dogs 7:30 60 Minutes 8:30 Underbelly 9:30 CSI 10:30 Crime Investigation Australia 11:35 Afterlife 12:30 Super League 2:30 Global Shop Direct 4:00 Good Morning America 5:00 News 5:30 Today 6:00 Today 9:00 Kerri-Anne 11:00 News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days of our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 News 5:00 Antiques Roadshow 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 News 7:00 Two and a Half Men 7:30 Two and a Half Men 8:00 The Big Bang Theory 8:30 The Mentalist 9:30 CSI: Miami 10:30 Wimbledon Day 1 4:00 F Troop 4:30 Entertainment Tonight 5:00 News 5:30 Today 6:00 Today 9:00 Kerri-Anne 11:00 News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days of our Lives 3:00 Entertainment Tonight 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 News 5:00 Antiques Roadshow 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 News 7:00 Two and a Half Men 7:30 Top Gear 9:00 Two and a Half Men 9:30 Australian Families of Crime 10:30 Wimbledon Day 2 1:00 One Day International Cricket: England v Australia 5:30 Today

Regional Fuel Watch

7:30 International News 11:00 Tales from a Suitcase 12:00 Destination Australia 1:00 Tales from a Suitcase 1:30 Cycling: UCI MTB World Cup 2:00 Speedweek 4:00 Football Asia 4:30 Futbol Mundial 5:00 Road to the 2010 FIFA World Cup 5:30 FIFA World Cup Match of the Day 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are? 8:30 Santo, Sam and Ed’s Cup Fever 9:00 FIFA World Cup: Slovakia v Paraguay 11:30 FIFA World Cup: Italy v New Zealand 2:00 FIFA World Cup: Ghana v Australia 4:00 FIFA World Cup: Brazil v Ivory Coast 7:40 International News 3:30 Destination Australia 4:30 The Journal 5:00 Rough Science 5:30 FIFA World Cup Match of the Day 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters 8:30 Santo, Sam and Ed’s Cup Fever! 9:00 FIFA World Cup: Portugal v Korea 11:30 FIFA World Cup: Chile v Switzerland 2:00 FIFA World Cup: Brazil v Ivory Coast (replay) 4:00 FIFA World Cup: Spain v Honduras 7:30 International News 3:30 Nerds F.C. 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 FIFA World Cup Match of the Day 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Fix Me 8:30 On Thin Ice 9:30 World News Australia 10:00 Santo, Sam and Ed’s Cup Fever! 10:30 FIFA World Cup Show 11:30 FIFA World Cup: Mexico v Uruguay 2:00 FIFA World Cup: France v South Africa 4:00 FIFA World Cup: Greece v Argentina

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TV GUIDE - The Barcoo Independent, Friday, June 18 2010

Sunday June 20 Monday June 21 Tuesday June 22

Former mayor recognised for significant contribution

4:30 Shortland Street 5:00 Something in the Air 5:30 The New Inventors 6:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 The Return of Sherlock Holmes 1:30 The Cook and the Chef 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:05 Children’s Programs 6:00 Travel Oz 6:30 Talking Heads 7:00 News 7:30 7.30 Report 8:00 Australian Story 8:30 Four Corners 9:20 Media Watch 9:35 Q&A 10:35 Lateline 11:10 Lateline Business 11:35 Sin City Law 12:30 Parliament Question Time 1:30 Movie: Wedding Rehearsal (G) 2:55 Talking Stick 3:25 Bowls: International Test: Australia v England 4:30 Shortland Street 5:00 Something in the Air 5:30 The New Inventors 6.00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 The World’s Worst Disasters 1:30 The Einstein Factor 2:00 Parliament Question Time 3:00 Children’s Programs 6:05 Time Team 7:00 News 7:30 The 7.30 Report 8:00 Foreign Correspondent 8:30 Greatest Cities of the World with Rhys Jones 9:30 QI 10:00 Artscape 10:30 Lateline 11:05 Lateline Business 11:35 Four Corners 12:20 Media Watch 12:35 The Chaser’s War on Everything 1:05 Parliament Question Time 2:05 Island Life: Barrow Island 2:55 Big Ideas 3:55 Good Game

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 News 12:00 Movie: Man of the House (G) 2:00 The Zoo 2:30 Medical Emergency 3:00 Infomercials 3:30 Children’s Programs 5:00 M*A*S*H 5:30 Deal or No Deal 6:00 News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home and Away 7:30 Breaking the Magician’s Code 8:30 Desperate Housewives 9:30 Hung 11:10 Trauma 12:05 The Mole – the Amazing Game 1:00 Infomercials 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 News 6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 News 12:00 Movie: Though None Go With Me (G) 2:00 The Zoo 2:30 Medical Emergency 3:00 Infomercials 3:30 Children’s Programs 4:30 News 5:00 M*A*S*H 5:30 Deal or No Deal 6:00 News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home and Away 7:30 Minute to Win It 8:30 Grey’s Anatomy 9:30 Private Practice 10:30 True Hollywood Story: The Kardashians 11:30 Scrubs 12:00 Get him to the Greek Take 40 Launch 12:30 Popstars 1:00 Infomercials 4:00 NBC Today 5:30 News

continued from page 1 Regional Roads Group between 2002 and 2008 and director of the Remote Area Planning Development Board and president for 13 years until 2000. Dougal has also been a Local Government representative for the Land Protection Council since 1997, chairman of the LGAQ Stock Route Management Working Group, chairman of the Eastern Group of the Outback Regional Roads Group, a member of the Land Protection Council since 1997, chairman of the Central Western Queensland Size, Shape and Sustainability Review Group and a local government representative for Desert Channels Queensland. Dougal has been heavily involved in the local community, as a committee member for the Tambo Stock Show, former committee member for the Tambo Race Course Complex and former chairman, former president of Scrubby Creek Sports Club, former president and committee member of Tambo Combined Sporting Clubs, former president of the AgForce Queensland Langlo and Tambo branches, former president of the Tambo Gun Club and a former master and A HOT BREAKFAST I treasurer of the Tambo Masonic Tony and Lorelei Kiernan Lodge. kept locals and tourists Left: Dougal Davidson. Photo by warm with a hot breakfast Inge Gajczak at the community markets on Saturday morning

Horses For Sale

CAKES, BISCUITS, JAMS & CHUTNEYS I The Bethels never fail to impress at community events with an array of goodies for sale; Jenny, Elwyn and Ruth Bethel.

Qh 5yo Ch’nut Geld 15.2hh Extemely quiet, stock horse or train on performance horse ~ $4000 TB 4yo Ch’nut Mare 15.1hh Very quiet racing or riding prospect, 5 starts only ~ $2500 TB 8yo Bay Geld 15.2hh Very quiet, done a lot of stock work ~ $2500

Programs correct at time of printing but may change owing to unforeseen circumstances
CLASSIFICATIONS: G M Mature Classification Recommended for viewing by mature audiences. PG MA Mature Audience Not suitable for people under 15 years of age. AV

Selling due to relocating
LADIES AT THE COMMUNITY MARKETS I Jean Dendle, Shirley Harlow, Rose Ellison and Vene Bowyer

General Classification Parental Guidance Recommended Adult Violence Classification Not suitable for people under 15 years of age.

Phone Andrew Russell on 4657 5930
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Reviving indigenous languages in western Queensland
REPRESENTATIVES of community, education, state and the local government sectors attended an indigenous language workshop in Longreach on June 9 and 10; exploring ways to renew and revive indigenous language within the community. The workshop looked at the history of languages in the region, their importance, and ways to keep the language alive. It linked in with a wider initiative of Desert Channels Queensland’s Aboriginal Advisory Group, aimed at developing pictorial dictionaries for each of the fourteen traditional owner groups in the region. DCQ Indigenous Engagement Officer, Jeff Poole, put the importance of language to Aboriginal communities into context and emphasised the importance of reviving it. “Most Aboriginal people would have been multilingual; speaking the language of their parents and their neighbouring tribes,” he said. “Today as language is fading, it is important to take hold of a fleeting opportunity to save what is left.” “This project has already been very effective in developing interest in local languages within the indigenous community. We hope it will spread to the wider community and schools once the project is complete.”

Kid’s Corner with Eddie Emu
G’day Kids. Get out your pens and paper and let the fun begin, because it is competition time. We haven’t had a competition this year, so I thought it was about time we had one. After all the fantastic workshops in cartoon drawing, spray painting and watercolour painting we have had in Blackall and Tambo in the last couple of months, I thought an art competition would be fun, fun, fun! You can use any medium (materials that an artist uses in creating a work) you like (crayons, pencil, papier-mâché). It is up to you. The only rule is that it has to be a picture of me ~ Eddie Emu. You can drop your master pieces into the information centre or scan them and email them to karlaw@internode. on.net. Hurry! The competition ends on July 20.

World Cup Word Search

Outback Inspirations the latest at Grassland Art Gallery
THE Tambo Grassland Art Gallery committee is holding an exhibition of artwork by local western artists, entitled Outback Inspirations. Looking to showcase the diverse talents of the community, curator Cassie Swanson is collating works of a variety of mediums including watercolors, oils, charcoal, acrylics, mixed, silver work and glass art. The Outback Inspirations exhibition is open to artists in central western Queensland. It will be officially opened on Saturday, July 10 by the Blackall Tambo Regional Council mayor Jan Ross, at a lunchtime function. Outback Inspirations will be on display at the Grassland Art Gallery until August 20. The Grassland Art Gallery opened in November 2009 and is a collaborative venture between the Blackall-Tambo Regional Council and the Tambo Arts Council Inc. that aims to promote and support regional artists through the provision of exhibition and retail space. For further information and entry forms for the Outback Inspirations exhibition contact the curator Cassie Swanson on bexhill@ reachnet.com.au. If artists are interested in exhibiting in the Grassland Art Gallery contact Alison Shaw on cfo@btrc.qld.gov.au.

Eddie

Real estate agent branches out to Barcaldine
REAL estate specialist Helen Aspinall is branching out to the Barcaldine district for Ray White Blackall. Helen received her real estate salesperson licence in February in Brisbane and has since immersed herself in solid sales in both Blackall and Tambo. She says the interest from buyers is definitely there, and it is growing. “There is a lot of interest at the moment from investors out of town, looking to buy.” “People are very positive about the impact that the Alpha mine will have.” Helen hopes to encourage younger residents to make the most of the recently increased housing loan for rural Queenslanders, stop renting and purchase their own homes. Helen said she will be looking to travel to Barcaldine once a week, to facilitate sales there.

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LETTER

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To the Editor, I would like to respond to the article in last week’s Barcoo Independent about the bollards at the riverside. As previous owners of the caravan park we had an ongoing battle with Council for about 5 and a half years over the riverside camping area. All we asked the council to do was firstly, charge visitors to the town using this area the same as we charged for an unpowered site which was about $14 at the time, and secondly, when the caravan park is full, let campers go to the river. We purchased the caravan park to make a living, but felt that every avenue we went down there was a brick wall by Council. To date, nothing has happened and the bollards are not going to make one bit of difference as to how many people camp down there. The only thing it has done is cost money to install, blocked most of the area off that is used by locals and I think it might be pretty dangerous when we get a flood for the SES boats to do their patrols or anyone using the river. The honesty box system will not work. In 2008 we did an exercise of vans camped on the river over a four month period and worked out that if Council charged them $20 per night per van, it would equate to around $38,000. We were also being conservative in our numbers and gave these figures

to Council (without a response). Even if half of these vans stayed in the park and half went to council, it would not be a bad boost to anyone’s income. It would be interesting to see how much is generated over a season. Again our request for figures was denied. The ombudsman was brought into the equation because we could not get any answers from Council. We were also advised by the ombudsman that they can only make recommendations to councils, but if councils choose not to carry out these recommendations, there is nothing they can do about it. I think the best thing the townspeople have done in the last couple of weeks is form the action group. Maybe we will be able to help some businesses and residents in the town and also have a better insight into Council goings on. Everyone who lives in the Blackall-Tambo area will be able to bring their concerns to the committee to be discussed with Council. We have a beautiful town, lovely people and I think Blackall has a great future if careful planning is put into place now. I know not everyone will agree with my letter but I am sure the majority of residents will. There is no such thing as free these days. Someone somewhere has to pay, and it should not be the ratepayers of Blackall. Chris Parnaby, BLACKALL

EDITOR

History revisited

KEVIN Harlow bought a 1926 Graham Brothers truck from Jock Gill for four cartons of beer 35 years ago. “I suppose I did help him drink them,” Kevin remembered. Jock’s father George, a tank sinker, had bought the truck brand new for £445. Kevin says as a child he used to watch George and his wife and daughter drive up to the bakers shop every week. The truck still has many of its original features with the toolboxes and tools untouched, an old water bag hanging on the side, manual windscreen wipers and a homemade towbar.

Kevin shows the truck to Dinny Gill who was back in Blackall for the weekend

‘Bovinista’

Fat cattle prices remain firm
BLACKALL Combined Agents c/kg, weighing 636 kg and returning yarded a total of 1200 cattle at $885 per head. last week’s fat and store sale. The Clarenden Cattle Co. Clarenden, majority of the yarding was fat Blackall also sold a draft of cattle of which prices remained Droughtmaster cross cows topping firm. Store cattle fell slightly on last at 131.2 c/kg and 522kg, to return week’s weaner sale prices. $658 per head. Clarenden Cattle Co. Clarenden, Swan Hill Cattle Co. Swan Hill, Blackall sold Santa bullocks to a Blackall sold heavy Santa cows top of 163.2 c/kg, weighing 620 kg, averaging 134.2 c/kg and weighing to return $1011 head. Koondoo Grazing Koondoo, 665 kg. Their Santa heifers topped Blackall sold Hereford cross at156.2 c/kg, weighed 565 kg and bullocks topping at 162.2 c/kg, returned $873.49 per head. weighing 582 kg, to return $944 Forest Park Pastoral Company per head. Alice Downs, Blackall sold excellent Nancy, Alan and Julie Hay quality Santa heifers averaging Blairgowrie, Jericho sold Braford 150.2 c/kg, weighing 552.5 kg and cross bullocks for 160.2 c/kg, returning $829.86 per head. weighing 621 kg, to return $995 The Birchley Family Gartmore, head. Tambo sold Braford heifers for The Birchley Family Gartmore, Tambo sold Braford bullocks for 150.2 c/kg, at a weight of 441 kg, 156.2 c/kg, weighing 774 kg and for a return per head of $662. John and Nell Cameron Romulus, returning $1208 per head. Blackall sold Limousin cross steers Woodbine Livestock Trading Woodbine, Blackall sold Shorthorn/ for 175.2 c/kg, weighing 286 kg to Santa cross cows topping at 139.2 return $501 per head. Page 8 - The Barcoo Independent, Friday, June 18 2010

After graduating from university in 1960, under the terms of his scholarship Dr James William Baker (Jim) was sent to Blackall as medical superintendent for 5 years. It was during these years he fell in love with the outback, and at the same time realised the enormity of problems facing women in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology. In 1967 he published an article in the Medical Journal of Australia entitled ‘Obstetrics in Western Queensland’. Jim returned to Brisbane to further his studies and went on to work in Belfast and Glasgow before graduating from London with his degree F.R.C.O.G. In 1972 he was appointed to the Royal Women’s Hospital in Brisbane where he became involved in teaching programs. In addition to his private specialist practice on Wickham Terrace, he remained a consultant at the Royal Women’s until his resignation in 1988 when he established the world’s first flying obstetrician and gynaecology service in Roma. The Flying O & G Service covered the area between Goondiwindi and Winton, and Dysart and Emerald. The team flew the equivalent of 3 times around the world in a year. After six years, Dr Baker had flown 1 000 000 kilometres with the service. In the 1980s Jim was a finalist in Queenslander of the Year and was named Father of the Year. In 1996 he was awarded the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List. After his retirement from medicine, he operated a beef enterprise at Lighthouse, Roma with his wife Jill. He is survived by his wife, sons Brett and Scott and daughter Sally.

Dr James William Baker (Jim) 1936 -2010

Blackall connection

Dianne Kinsey’s memories of Jim Baker are with the flying FOG service, where there were not only the scheduled visits, but the emergency visits at all hours of

the day and night, in all types of instrument cupboard with Dr Baker weather. On one occasion visibility who, not only knew the instruments, was so bad from the air that the but had used most of them during railway line was used to navigate his time in Blackall. These included into Blackall. Jim’s visits consisted ether masks and all sorts of chest of many stories of his experiences in retractors. Jim also guided him the west and the love of the people through a circumcision. Dr Godfrey’s here. He was always cheerful with a comment was, “I didn’t realise an “hello sweetie”, and loved to tell the operation could be so quick”. story of when he went to the Tambo There are so many memories it is clinic carrying a shotgun under his difficult to qualify the extent of his arm. There was nothing like a good passion and love of his work and the story over a piece of caramel tart. respect from the people he worked Of the many lives that Jim touched, with in Blackall. two still live in Blackall. Helen and Dianne Kinsey, Former her son Jake Richardson are living Director of Nursing, Blackall examples of what was achieved Hospital 1988-1996 through his dedication and how he saved many lives. For many years after, Jim always asked about how they were going. Previous medical superintendent Dr Richard Bonner (currently the rural medical practitioner in Stanthorpe) remembers when Jim came into Blackall for an emergency case at 2am. On the way back out to the plane, Richard ran over Jim’s briefcase that had been left in front of the open gate. Jim mildly complained about his briefcase being run over but never complained about getting called out for the emergency. Richard’s first caesarean section was taught to him by Dr Jim Baker in Dalby in 1988, Jim Baker (left) with Richard Bonner and to this day, Richard does the procedure the same way. A n o t h e r former medical superintendent Gregson Pest Management is looking for a highly motivated selfDr Stephen starter to join our team as a full-time permanent Pest Management Godfrey (currently Technician. Preferably an immediate start. an ophthalmic physician and We are a mobile business covering Central, Regional and Western surgeon on the Queensland. This position involves regular travelling to service our Gold Coast) customers. fondly remembers r e m i n i s c i n g Applicants holding a Qld Pest Control licence, having completed units through the 5, 6 & 18 in Asset Maintenance Pest Management Technical or TAFE
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Chelsea Hayward models ‘Bovinista’ - designed and created by costumier Robyn Adams. It has been entered into an international costume competition.

Another (mini) reunion was held over the weekend. Chris Pfingst (centre) was back in Blackall and spent the evening re-living the old days with Kerrie Holden and Megan Allen.

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Chief organiser Alan ‘Pawpaw’ Douglas (left), Emerald, with his old classmate Vince Prow and Rhonda Prow

Christine Norris, Blackall, from the graduating class of 1968, caught up with organiser Kevin Hauff, Bell, at the reunion over the Queen’s Birthday weekend

Past Blackall students Lynne Masters, Noelle Melrose and Isabel Laherty caught up with Noelene Gleeson

Tony Kiernan, Keith Daly and his partner Pat Bailey, and Jeff Daly at the Saturday dinner

40 years on ...
Blackall students from the class of 1970 and beyond catch up with old friends and teachers and remember their school days
BLACKALL RESIDENTS CATCH UP WITH OLD CLASSMATES I Below left: Bruce Gimm, Sally Peacock, Roly Cavanagh and Shirley Dagan enjoyed a night of laughs at the reunion. Below: Dawn Holman, Lynne Masters and Kay Frost caught up at the dinner CLASS OF ‘69 I Lorelei Kiernan and Shirley Dagan met Paddy McCarthy, Peter Shaw, Kevin D’Arcy and Kevin Hauff up with classmates Jenny Green and Maxine Roberts caught up from all over Queensland at the reunion dinner

SPECIAL GUESTS I Maureen Gill and Marie Messer (centre) were teachers of the class of 1961 and caught up with all their old students. Maureen and her husband Cecil ‘Dinny’ Gill (right) travelled back to Blackall from Brisbane for the fortieth reunion last weekend

CALLING SPAIN I Ex-students Alan Douglas, Elaine Spinks, Bruce Gimm and Blackall locals Kerry and Elaine Spinks enjoyed chatting about old times Jenny Green enjoyed a video conversation with Rhonda Donaldson and Michael Frost at the Club on Saturday with their old teacher Sandra Pigeon

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