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Big Skies 2019 is headed to the Western Downs from Saturday 27 April to Sunday 5 May 2019. Get your tickets now!
Wombats, watermelons and white gums — watch the Chinchilla Botanic Parklands come to life!
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15 Mar 2019
08 Mar 2019
11 hours ago
The Cenotaph is on its way to its new home. We're sure that Anzac Day will be extra special this year at the #chinchillabotanicparkland
16 hours ago
Get your tastebuds warmed up — this is one Big Skies event you won't want to miss!
In partnership with Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise Food Leaders Australia, today we're launching 'The Chef's Table' with award-winning celebrity chef Ben O'Donoghue. Expect fresh local produce, exceptional wines and an elegant dining experience like no other. Have you got your tickets yet? www.bit.ly/2IViVMi
1 day ago
Wow what about that rain! We love the way our region looks when the storms roll in. Drop your best storm photos in the comments below 🌧⚡️⛈
2 days ago
Don't forget to enter our photo competition in the lead up to Wedding Fair Western Downs 2019 (there's a PRIZE UP FOR GRABS)!
We're looking for photos taken in the region of you and your loved one. So if you've got that perfect proposal photo or a cute couple shot, we'd love to see! Submit your photos in the comments below or visit the Wedding Fair Western Downs 2019 page for more details. 📸💕✨
Have you been to the Dalby Aquatic Centre recently?
Thanks to the State Government for their contribution to this project as part of their Works for Queensland program, work is underway on the $700,000 upgrade, which will include updated toilet and shower facilities, more comfortable seating, new balustrades, additional stairways and a paint job to give the entire grandstand a fresh new face.
It will mean swimming carnivals - just like the Dalby Dolphins Swim Club's Dalby and District Club Championships last week - will be even more fun for everyone.
Congratulations to all the swimmers who took part at Swim Fit Dalby!
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
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
What a wonderful world 🎼 how breathtaking are the sunsets at Wandoan? #lovewesterndowns #experiencewesterndowns #windmillsinwandoan Read More
Beautiful winding roads make the trip worth it 🌳🌲 #lovewesterndowns #experiencewesterndowns Read More
There are so many things to see and do on the Western Downs, why not spend the next day of blue skies discovering some of them? #lovewesterndowns #experiencewesterndowns Read More
The flora and fauna of the Western Downs is unbe-leaf-able! We love seeing how unique the greenery is in our region 🌿🌱🌾 #lovewesterndowns #experiencewesterndowns Read More
Take me home, country roads 🎶 Aren’t we lucky to belong to a view like this! #lovewesterndowns #experiencewesterndowns Read More
We can’t help but smile when we look at this beautiful field of sorghum 🌾🌾 #lovewesterndowns #experiencewesterndowns #cantbeglumwithallthissorghum Read More
Now that’s what we call a view! With so many things to do around the Western Downs on a weekend we’d love to hear about your favourite spots #lovewesterndowns #experiencewesterndowns Read More
Big thanks to everyone who came out and celebrated the @redbullholden launch in Dalby! It was great to see @craiglowndes888 and the Red Bull Holden Racing Team get back to their regional roots in the Western Downs.
📸: Andy Green/ Red Bull Content Pool
#lovewesterndowns #redbullholden Read More
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New water restrictions will take effect 27 January
Find out more about the development happening in our region
View the Western Downs Planning Scheme Amendment 1