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30 Nov 2018
4 hours ago
Have you heard? Funding applications for the Local Events Program are now open. If you're involved in a local event group, put in your application for funding today. Applications close midnight 5 February 2019, you can find out more here - http://wdrc.info/grants-and-funding.
This is a snap of the Saints Weightlifting Club who hosted the first Olly in the Outback weightlifting competition in Miles thanks to Council's Local Events Program funding.
6 hours ago
Due to the potential wet weather, Dalby's Carols in the Park planned for Saturday 15 December have been cancelled.
You can still get into the Christmas spirit at the Jandowae Carols this Friday 14 December from 5.30pm at the NEW location - the Jandowae Showgrounds. 🎶🎅🎄
2 days ago
As of next year, our Western Downs Libraries are opening at times more suitable for you! Check out their website for more information - www.westerndownslibraries.com/were-changing-our-opening-hours/.
6 days ago
Have you posted your letter to Santa yet? Our Western Downs Libraries Elves in Dalby are collecting mail for Mr. Claus to be sent to the North Pole today via Reindeer Express — don't miss out!
Thanks to Santa's Little Helpers at WIN News Toowoomba for helping us spread the Christmas cheer 🎅🎄✨
1 week ago
A very well-deserved recognition award to one of Dalby's local legends - everyone loves the Dalby Donut Man! 🍩
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
20 Apr 18
A fantastic day as His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC @QldGovernor joins @WesternDownsRC Mayor Paul Mc… https://t.co/1iyMA6B4tO
Great to have you @QldGovernor! Hope you have the chance to try one of our famous country-baked scones at the… https://t.co/78Vb8GeBMP
Have you bought your tickets to #DayOnThePlain yet? Don’t miss out on this lineup, including rock superstar Jon Stevens. Join us at Jimbour Amphitheatre on Saturday 4 May 2019 for a concert like no other - tickets available in bio! 🎸⠀
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The lights are up, trees have been decorated and the sweet sounds of carols are in the air - Christmas is here! Celebrate the festive season with us at MyALL 107 tonight at the Community Tree Lighting? Come down from 5.30 to 7pm for face painting 🎨, storytime 📕, ornament decorating ⭐️ and a BBQ 🥩. See you there! #lovewesterndowns #christmas Read More
Can you believe the beautiful Lake Broadwater is on our back doorstep? The only naturally occurring lake on the Darling Downs, the Lake Broadwater is home to water birds, native wildlife and avid skiiers come summer. Those water views 🙌⠀
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You’ve heard of The Big Melon, but what about the other famous statue in the Western Downs? Legend has it a swagman and his dog were approach by a visitor who asked, ‘Who lives here?’, the swagman replied ‘Me and Darra’. What a story! #lovewesterndowns #meandarra Read More
Cotton from above - you’d be forgiven if you thought we spilled a packet of Life Savers 🍬! Thanks @audaxaerial for the great shot.⠀
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Did you know that Kaimkillenbun is the longest single-word named town in Queensland? You can get spectacular shots like this 👆 at The Bun too - what an impressive town! What else do you love about The Bun?⠀
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If you think the #BigMelon is the next big thing, wait until you see the Watermelon Water Play Area at the #chinchillabotanicparklands! Here’s the very start of the ‘splash pad’, the state-of-the-art water treatment base that ensures we’re just as #waterwise as we are crazy about #watermelons 🍉 Read More
We love all the seasons here in the Western Downs but we’re a little bias when it comes to how beautiful our winters are. #waybackwednesday #lovewesterndowns 📸: @meganmcnicholl Read More
Big Skies 2019 is going to be a smash if the launch is anything to go off! We had such a great day with John Paul Young and the always helpful staff at Jimbour Station. #bigskies2019 #lovewesterndowns #experiencewesterndowns Read More
Love is in the air at Jimbour House today ❤️ So excited to launch #bigskies2019 and announce the official #dayontheplain lineup for Saturday 4 May 2019 - including our special guest John Paul Young! Keep an eye out on our page for more behind the scenes photos from today and visit our brand new website (#linkinbio) to grab your tickets! #lovewesterndowns Read More
It’s #melonmadness this morning in Chinchilla after the official unveiling of Australia’s Next Big Thing - The Big Melon. 🍉#lovewesterndowns #TheBigMelon Read More
Harvest time is a pretty big deal around here 🌾📷: @lifeonglenlomond #lovewesterndowns #fieldsofgold #thankafarmer Read More
Sunny days are great for scenic drives like this one to Lake Broadwater. Where are you going this weekend in the Western Downs? #lovewesterndowns Read More
How great is it when the Western Downs is full of colour? #lovewesterndowns Read More
The trip along the Warrego Highway might be worth it just for this - are you excited about #bigskies2019? Read More
Oh how we love photos of the gorgeous rain 🌧🌧🌧 📸: @yogilaff #lovewesterndowns Read More
All of the beautiful plants around the region are loving the recent rain. We want to see the great photos you’ve taken around your neighbourhood 🌷🌳🌧#lovewesterndowns Read More
How gorgeous are the Santa Bulls that were at Saturday’s sale! #lovewesterndowns #mooveoutoftheway #unbullievable Read More
The residents at Carinya spoilt the visitors to the @milesbacktothebushfestival with a Teddy Bear Picnic #lovewesterndowns #socutewecantbearit Read More
The kids from Kaimkillenbun State School are excited for the free family movie night happening tomorrow at their school! To find out when @ferdinandmovie is coming to a town near you follow the link in our bio 🐮🎬🍿 #lovewesterndowns #youbetterbullieveit Read More
New water restrictions take effect 18 November
Find out more about holiday events across the Western Downs
View the Western Downs Planning Scheme Amendment 1
Registrations are now open for Round 3 of Adopt a Street Tree