Christmas Closing Hours

Feel Free to Print the following Document that details some local businesses and their opening hours

Annual Rotary Duck Race Fun in the Sun!

The Annual Rotary Duck Race was a great day out and a very hot one for all that participated. This y

Business After Hours – Goondiwindi Business Hub

The Goondiwindi Business Hub Hosted the most recent Border Rivers Chamber of Commerce Business After

 

Christmas Closing Hours

December 19, 2014 in BRCC

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Feel Free to Print the following Document that details some local businesses and their opening hours over the Holiday period. Above is a snippet of what you can expect:

Click Here to download the Full Document:  Christmas Closing Hours

Merry Christmas to All!

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Rotary Duck Race Fun in the Sun!

December 12, 2014 in BRCC, Events, Featured

The Annual Rotary Duck Race was a great day out and a very hot one for all that participated. This year Mann’s Transport allowed their crane to operate over the Goondiwindi Bowls Club to drop the ‘plastic rubber duckies’ from a very high height down onto the bowling green target to decide a winner!. The Rotary Club work tirelessly every year – one of the few clubs left that requires a weekly meeting to keep their busy schedules moving, and a wonderful club working hard in our local community to help others.

Rotary are always looking for new ideas and this year in combination with the Border Rivers Chamber of Commerce, the local Goondiwindi River Dragons Club we started a new annual challenge between the two fast food chains that employ a number of young teens ‘McDonalds V Red Rooster’! The challenge was to race down the MacIntyre River. The best team out of three heats would decide the overall winner!! Red Rooster won the first race with McDonalds coming back from a steady start to win the next two heats making them the overall champions! McDOnalds now proudly display their well deserved trophy in their restaurant to show that this year they were the McChampions!

Red Rooster are still eager to win next year – with their fighting spirit in the first heat showing that they will bring a fierce battle on the River next year!

Please see the photo’s below and watch the video link (IMG_0953) to see what Dragon boating is all about – it’s a great team sport and the local River Dragons Club have a paddle at the Botanic Gardens almost every Sunday. Like the ‘Goondwindi River Dragons Club’ on Facebook to find out more info and join the texting list for weekly paddles.

Rotary look forward to next years event where they plan to revamp and create a wonderful event for the Children of our Community.

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Business After Hours – Goondiwindi Business Hub

December 9, 2014 in BRCC, Business, Events, Featured

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The Goondiwindi Business Hub Hosted the most recent Border Rivers Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Event. Thank you to Christina Duddy for these photo’s. It was a wonderful event with Julia Telford speaking on behalf of the Business Hub about how their business came into fruition and the wonderful friendships that have been created through this business. Guest speaker Rod Strachan addressied the attendees to inform them of future prospects for our region with State Development, and Lori Mackay providing a brief overview of happenings in our area. Thank you to all that made it to the event – it was  lovely evening and a great opportunity to mingle with other business people and network with each other. A Massive thank you to the hosts: Julia Telford & Tony Spicer, and Christina & James Duddy who created an amazing atmosphere for a large crowd to share stories over a few drinks and nibbles. Lastly – Happy Birthday to the Goondiwindi Business Hub for turning 1 and we hope to see this great establishment continue to grow and thrive!

 

 

 

 

Maggie Counihan Book Launch a Success

December 5, 2014 in BRCC, Events, Featured

 

Recently the Goondiwindi town Library Hosted a book launch for Maggie Counihan who at the age of 60 packed up everything and went backpacking. What she learnt in that time completely changed her life. Maggie is a true testament that you are never too old to do anything you want to do! Maggie was launching her book: Backpacking to Freedom: Solo @ Sixty. Pictured below is Maggie signing her book, and Maggie with her partner.

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National Gliding Championships

October 9, 2014 in BRCC, Events, Featured

The National Gliding Championships are on in Goondiwindi. They commenced on the 6th October and finish on the 17th October.

It is very exciting that Goondwindi has been chosen to stage for the Gliding championships as there are many requirements that must be met to make the air space ‘eligible’ for good gliding weather and we are very proud that Goondiwindi is the choice.

Pop out to the Goondiwindi Aerodrome to take a closer look at the gliders and to learn more about this fascinating sport! Gliders at the Goondiwindi Aerodrome

Lundavra School Turns 50!

October 7, 2014 in BRCC, Events, Featured

Students and 1st Principal

Principal Neville Grayson with past students he taught in the five years he worked at Lundavra

In Jocelyn Cameron's absence - her three boys cut the anniversary cake!

In Jocelyn Cameron’s absence – her three boys cut the anniversary cake!

Current Principal Craig Marshall shares with the attendees that he attended Ferny Grove Primary of which Mr Grayson was a principal prior to his enrolment. Mr Marshall does however know Mr Grayson's wife Lynn who was the admin officer at Ferny Grove Primary School throughout his schooling.

Current Principal Craig Marshall shares with the attendees that he attended Ferny Grove Primary of which Mr Grayson was a principal prior to his enrolment. Mr Marshall does however know Mr Grayson’s wife Lyn who was the admin officer at Ferny Grove Primary School throughout his schooling.

The Lundavra School is still educating students 50 years later and assisting workers in the Lundavra region to allow their children to receive a great education without the impediments of 2 hours of daily travel to do so. With the closest school over an hour away – Lundavra has successfully served its’ community and sustain itself for 50 years – we hope this will continue for another 50!

Anne Webster, June Cummins, Debra Ellis & Alan Ellis share some laughs from their days living in this region.

Anne Webster, June Cummins, Debra Ellis & Alan Ellis share some laughs from their days living in this region.

 

A lot has changed since the opening of Lundavra State School

A lot has changed since the opening of Lundavra State School

 

From Left: Margie Ward, Heather McMillan & Debra Ellis catch up and talk about their memories of schooling at Lundavra State School

From Left: Margie Ward, Heather McMillan & Debra Ellis catch up and talk about their memories of schooling at Lundavra State School

 

Guests and past students have some fun in the current class rooms

Guests and past students have some fun in the current class rooms – Pictured here is Alan Ellis and his daughter Sarah Ellis who travelled to hear stories of her dad at school :)

 

On Sunday 5th October 2014, the tiny little school of Lundavra celebrated 50 years of schooling. Past and present students travelled along memory lane driving past  brown snakes, a mob of emus and onto a dirt road to the place where schooling for hundreds of students once began.

A tremendous amount of support was received for the Reunion celebrations with previous students, relatives and friends from the area over the last 50 years all congregating to celebrate a sentimental milestone. Two time capsules were unearthed producing records and work from students in the years 1979 and 2000.

The very first principal: Mr Neville Grayson did the ‘roll call’ of the very first students that enrolled at the school in October 1964. Memories were shared, and all gathered near the giant chess board to hear recollections of SNAKE DRILLS, Tongs in the toilets to get frogs out, the grass field behind the toilet block that served as the ‘multi-sports complex’ for the last 50 years, and many accolades at small schools competitions. Previous students travelled far and wide to attend the day and the weather was a treat – a delicious banquet of morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea was provided and memorial books were for sale to take as a memento.

The success of past students who attended Lundavra State School proves that you don’t have to go to a school with 1000 students to get a good education - Mr Grayson expressed his immense pride in the success of students he taught and expressed to current students to take note and follow their dreams in the future.

The highlight of the day however would have to be the speeches reminiscing from both Mr Neville Grayson, and comedic rebuttal from one of the first students: John Cameron who advised the crowd his speech would be like a good mini skirt; long enough to contain the evidence but short enough to keep interest. John denied ever making the Corporal Punishment Register (for the younger folk – this was when the Principal would give you the Cane for being disobedient,) and although the evidence on view in the collection of records may say otherwise, he claims either a clever forgery or mistaken identity caused his name to appear on the register.

John spoke about the distinctive smell in the classroom from the copier fluid, how the girls formed ‘allegiances’ and ‘hunted in packs’ against the boys. Laughter erupted from the crowd, John spoke about how they couldn’t wait for the last day of the year when Mr Grayson would ‘forget’ the years discrepancies and how the students looked forward to the treat of ice cream blocks that arrived contained in magical ‘Dry Ice’. Mr Cameron acknowledged Mr Grayson’s significant contribution to the Lundavra community – a marvellous teacher, mentor and friend.

The current Lundavra principal (who has literally only been in his role for a couple of weeks) Mr Craig Marshall also shared something in common with Mr Grayson: Mr Marshall attended Ferny Grove Primary School – a school where Mr Grayson was also principal – and his wife Lyn Grayson was the lovely admin lady throughout Mr Marshall’s schooling! What a small world!

The commemorative cake was cut by the three Cameron Boys, and very importantly the organising committee and all people who worked behind the scenes to put together a wonderful day for all who attended were thanked for their tireless efforts and success of the event!

Some photo’s from the reunion are attached… see our Facebook page (Border Rivers Chamber of Commerce)  if you would like to tag yourself or someone you know.

 

The very first students with their Principal/ techer/ snake catcher/ corporal punishment enforcer

The very first students with their Principal/ techer/ snake catcher/ corporal punishment enforcer

 

Crowd at Time Capsule unveiling

The very first Principal Mr Neville Grayson completes the Roll Call for the class of 1964, before the current principal announced  the unearthing of the Time Capsules

The very first Principal Mr Neville Grayson completes the Roll Call for the class of 1964, before the current principal announced the unearthing of the Time Capsules

Chesterfield Australia Gourmet in Goondiwindi!

September 11, 2014 in BRCC, Events, Featured, Gourmet in Gundy

An all new look Chesterfield Australia Gourmet in Gundy is happening this Weekend! Leading up to this wonderful community event is a weekend packed full of great activities for the entire family!

Check out the schedule and ENJOY!

Friday Sept 12th         

4:30pm                        Holden Young Lions Golf Coaching Clinic at Goondiwindi Golf Course

6pm                             Lowes Petroleum Shoot-out Competition

Saturday Sept 13th   

10 am                          Carrington Ginning Pty Ltd Jnr Golf Classic

9am – 12pm             Marshall St Shopping, Goondiwindi

All day                       Goondiwindi Gun Club 2 Day Open Shoot

1pm                            XXXX Gold Goondiwindi Spring Races

Sunday Sept 14th   

7 am                            Macintyre Aero Club Fly in Breakfast & Model Aircraft Show

7am                             Sunwater Dragon Boat races at Macintyre Boat Ramp

7am                             Goondiwindi Gun Club 2 Day Open Shoot

10am -4pm             Gourmet in Gundy food, wine , art & music festival

                                     – 32 Wine & food exhibitors at Community Cultural Centre gardens

                                     – 12 Market Exhibitors & Gourmet Art

                                     – Live Music & Entertainment all day

 

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August Business After Hours – SMK Consultants

September 4, 2014 in BRCC

Our bi-monthly BRCC Business After Hours event on August 7th was wonderfully received with good food, drinks and hospitality.

This month SMK consultants were our hosts and provided a very visual and knowledgable presentation about the history of surveying. From the trusty wooden post stoked in a paddock in the ‘old days,’ to the high tech instruments that are now utilised, this industry has fully embraced change! Ralph Kinsella, Mike Henderson and Jeff Jones described how their newest surveying tools differ from the past, and how modern technology allows them to record more accurate information.

The Queenland Hotel  provided a banquet of goodies for the guests to munch on while catching up with other business people from the community, and the SMK staff were wonderful in ensuring their guests were happy!

Thank you to the team at SMK: Mike, Ralph, Jeff, and Margy Conway; you put together an enjoyable and informative evening with lots of laughter and engaging conversations :) We hope you can join us at the next Business After Hours event!

Thank you to all who attended, and we are eagerly anticipating the next Business After Hours on November 6th at the Goondiwindi Business Hub.

Please enjoy the photo’s below :) SMK Consultants giving their presentation

‘Talking Shop’ over a few beers at Business After Hours with SMK consultants: (from left) Ralph Kinsella, Jeff Jones & Mike Henderson

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June Business after Hours – Lucy Walker Chemart Pharmacy

June 13, 2014 in BRCC, Business, Events

On behalf of Border Rivers Chamber of Commerce Inc (BRCC) we would like to thank Lucy Walker Pharmacy for hosting BRCC Business After Hours (BAH) on Thursday June 5th.

It was great to see so many local businesses and friends there to support this bi-monthly event.

Owner/ Operator  Lucy Walker gave an exciting speech thanking everyone for attending and alerting attendees to some new and exciting products, programs and iniatitives they have.

Next time you visit Lucy Walkers Chemart Pharmacy and are looking for some vitamins feel free to use the computer screen on the ‘Vitamin Wall’ – we won’t tell you any more – you will have to try it!!

Ask the friendly staff about the new App you can download on your phone which manages your scripts! Or if you are trying to lose weight you could consider their new Weight Loss program which is showing great results! Guests were treated to a sample of a frittata made from the cookbook that is associated with this new program and it was delicious!!

Guests at the BAH were treated to mini makeovers with the Napoleon Makeup range. There is a qualified Napoleon make-up artist available every day the chemist is open! If you want to learn more about makeup application, ask the friendly staff about securing your place in a Napoleon workshop!

Previous Chemist owner Bill Hallo commented on how lovely the Chemist looked since the renovations, and how Lucy has done a wonderful job keeping her business current.

A new local coffee shop in town: Bean Inspried catered for the evening and provided a delicious array of savoury and sweet treats.

Thank you to everyone who attended this event, and we look forward to your continued support and hope to see you at our next BAH hosted by SMK Consultants on Thursday August 7th 2014.

 

Lucy Walker and Bill Hallo

Lucy Walker and Bill Hallo

Tracey Jensen and Emma Dyball after their mini makeovers

Tracey Jensen and Emma Dyball after their mini makeovers

Moree Chamber of Commerce Representatives: Nikki and Mike

Moree Chamber of Commerce Representatives: Nikki and Mike

The Lucy walker girls having some fun!!

The Lucy walker girls having some fun!!

Jane Woods, Joy Manton, Mandy McGregor, Brooke McGregor

Jane Woods, Joy Manton, Mandy McGregor, Brooke McGregor

Peter Travers, Lucy walker, Ralph Kinsella, Andrew Walker

Peter Travers, Lucy walker, Ralph Kinsella, Andrew Walker

"Have you ever taken a Selfie Bill??" Now you have!! Karen Sullivan, Bill Hallo and Brooke Saxby enjoying the night

“Have you ever taken a Selfie Bill??” Now you have!! Karen Sullivan, Bill Hallo and Brooke Saxby enjoying the night

One of the Winners of the Naughty goat Pack Bron Keen with Alicia Sloss

One of the Winners of the Naughty goat Pack Bron Keen with Alicia Sloss

Lina & Alex of Bean Inspired, and Lucy  and Andre Walker

Lina & Alex of Bean Inspired, and Lucy and Andre Walker

Lucy Walker and Bill Hallo catching up

Lucy Walker and Bill Hallo catching up

Catching up with friends at the Business After Hours event

Catching up with friends at the Business After Hours event

 

All Aboard the Toobeah Express

June 4, 2014 in Events, Featured

Train at Goondiwindi Station

Tickets are now on sale on the steam train rides bound for Toobeah on Sunday 8 June.

President of the Goondiwindi and District Historical Society Inc, David McMahon, said the association was again pleased to partner with Southern Downs Steam Railway to offer this unique journey to the people of Goondiwindi and surrounds.

“There are two trips available on that Sunday- the first at 7.30am and again at 12 noon.” These trips are always popular with families with groups of up to ten people in the one family booking the trip.”

The afternoon journey is sold out but as at Tuesday 3rd June 2014 there were still tickets available for the morning journey.

Mr McMahon said there was no need for people to cart their own food as morning tea and lunch will be catered for the schools/kindergarten around the Toobeah district.

”This venture is a great fund raiser for these schools particularly the Parents and Citizens Associations.”

“Tickets are available exclusively from the Customs House and I urge those wanting to get on board to get their tickets early as these trips are very popular.” Mr McMahon said.

Contact David McMahon 0409 820 013