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20 May 2019
10 May 2019
4 days ago
We're excited to see this exhibition coming to the Meandarra ANZAC Memorial Museum soon!
Keep an eye out for when this opens, it's one you won't want to miss!
5 days ago
Have you heard of a Story Time Dog? Meet Trevor who has been working his tail off in training to become one. He's often seen at the Dalby Library, spending time with our littlest visitors! 🐾
Trevor is at the Library every second Friday (this week) so make sure you pop in and say hey!
There were some great shots taken at the Chinchilla Skatepark Re-Opening on the weekend!
Check out all the fun that was had in the photos below.
Moana is on the move! This time stopping off in Wandoan!
Head over to the Wandoan Cultural Centre this Friday and enjoy the much-loved family film. Food and drink will also be available thanks to the Wandoan Swimming Club. 🍿
6 days ago
GREAT NEWS! We got such a great response from our community surveys that we've decided to extend it until Sunday 19 May!
If you haven’t had your say on what you like to see at Lake Broadwater, Caliguel Lagoon (pictured), the Chinchilla Weir and Mountain Bike Trails at Russell Park in the Bunya Mountains, head over to our online survey now at www.surveymonkey.com/r/WesternDownsMP
7 Feb 19
We're 'bursting' with excitement for the Chinchilla Melon Festival! WDRC Mayor Paul McVeigh and Chinchilla Melon Fe… https://t.co/BBAjTYU0eN
6 Jan 19
Cr Rasmussen looking good as co driver in the 2019 Commodore Supercar at the @redbullholden launch yesterday. Lownd… https://t.co/BZMlbS1sHS
22 Nov 18
If you think the #BigMelon is the next big thing, wait until you see the Watermelon Water Play Area at the… https://t.co/8KUHLGR5mP
13 Nov 18
Mayor Paul McVeigh speaks with @9NewsQueensland about all things #bigskies2019 https://t.co/uwJvJ0RiKO
29 Oct 18
There may be grey skies out along the Warrego Highway in Oakey, but Big Skies is on the way for the #WesternDowns!… https://t.co/Uv5vTgR79U
11 Jul 18
Dalby is buzzing today! Thanks to @madolynp13 and @7NewsToowoomba for coming and chatting with us today about the… https://t.co/aO6YaDw38B
26 Jun 18
The #ChinchillaBotanicParklands Stage 1 kicked off today with the Hon @StirlHinchliffe Minister for Local Governmen… https://t.co/wZJtvX3gn6
5 May 18
Stay hydrated! You can bring sealed bottled water into the Day on the Plain venue #BigSkies2018 https://t.co/Wmt35vx4Na
2 May 18
Dalby Saleyards Tours kicked off the Big Skies Festival 2018 this morning, with visitors from as far away as Tasman… https://t.co/DOc5RRkqvu
30 Apr 18
What a fabulous weekend to be on the #westerndowns !
Lovely to have so many locals and visitors enjoying our iconic… https://t.co/s8so32yHlM
We had so much fun at the Chinchilla Skatepark re-opening on the weekend! Thanks to all our local skaters who came along and showed off their tricks in our new park.
#chinchilla #skatepark #reopening Read More
That’s a wrap on Big Skies 2019! Thank you to everyone who attended one of the events around the region, we couldn’t have done it without you. Read More
Kylie Bourne Mosaics studio garden-gallery will be open for viewing, so why not come along and enjoy an afternoon of mingling and meeting under 100-year-old jacarandas on the banks of the Dogwood Creek. $55/ticket - includes gourmet picnic lunch and glass of champagne on arrival Read More
If you've been driving past the Chinchilla Botanic Parklands, you may have seen the new water feature that's been installed. 🍉💦 The best part about the new Watermelon Water Play Area is that it's specially-designed to use treated and recycled water.
That means each day of operation will only use the equivalent of a small Chinchilla household's daily water consumption.
Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram pages to see more updates! 🍉
#chinchilla #parklands #watermelon Read More
Congrats to our 2019 Apprentices and Trainees! We can’t wait to see the fantastic things these young people will get up to while with us at Council 👏👏👏 Read More
W E S T E R N D O W N S = Wide open spaces, flawless big skies, experiences like no other #lovewesterndowns #experiencewesterndowns Read More
Our juicy Chinchilla watermelon is nothing short of the best! Who sunk their teeth into a slice at the Melon Fest on the weekend? #lovewesterndowns #experiencewesterndowns Read More
Wondering what’s behind the construction fence at the Chinchilla Botanic Parklands? We’re putting our title of #theHomeoftheDrones to good use with this exclusive birds eye view.
Five stars if you can spot the beginning of some of our signature spaces, including the sandstone scarp, granite rise and watermelon water play area 🍉💦 Read More
🍉🎉IT’S HERE! 🎉🍉
The Chinchilla Melon Festival kicks off today and we can’t wait to sink our teeth into a weekend of fruity fun.
There’s a sweet selection of events happening in Chinchilla over the next few days so make sure you check out the program online at www.melonfest.com.au Read More
1 DAY TO GO- We are losing out RINDS over the fact that the Chinchilla Melon Festival kicks off tomorrow!
We know you’re going to be busy with all the Melon-themed activities over the weekend but leave room for one more; you can’t leave Chinchilla without getting a photo with the Big Melon!
Visit Australia’s newest Big Thing and take home a photo to remember the festival by📸✨ Read More
2 DAYS TO GO- The Melon Procession is one of the many highlights of the Chinchilla Melon Festival and we can’t wait to see what the 25th anniversary will bring!
The Procession starts at 10.30am on Saturday, so grab a slice of watermelon and a hat and take in the Melon madness for an hour or two 🍉💃🏻 Read More
3 DAYS TO GO- if you think you have what it takes to slip and slide your way into the Chinchilla Melon Festival history books, register for the Melon Dash for Cash.
The rules are simple: the first person to cross the finish line with whole watermelon intact wins!
This sticky sport is anyone’s game, so register this Saturday 🍉🏃♂️🏃♀️
#lovewesterndowns #experiencewesterndowns Read More
How stunning is Jimbour House? Don’t miss your chance to tour this historic mansion at Big Skies, tickets are selling fast! #lovewesterndowns #experiencewesterndowns Read More
We're 'bursting' with excitement for the Chinchilla Melon Festival!
If you were walking through the main street of Chinchilla today, you may have seen an interesting sight ... Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh and Chinchilla Melon Festival Committee Vice-President Darryl O'Leary were well and truly getting into the melon spirit!
With just over a week to go until the Chinchilla Melon Festival kicks off, Councillor McVeigh and Mr O'Leary were testing their skills at melon-smashing and seed-spitting.
Don't forget to grab your tickets and get in on the sweet, juicy fun yourselves 🍉🍉🍉 Read More
Put on your thongs, grab a snag from the barbie, and come celebrate Australia Day on the Western Downs this Saturday! #lovewesterndowns #g’daymate #australiaday Read More
New water restrictions will take effect 27 January
Explore the Parkland at the Community Fun Day – 1 June
View the Western Downs Planning Scheme Amendment 1
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