It was very evident that Charleville has been severely knocked around following the floods in March this year. One local described it as the straw that broke the camel’s back after 10 years of drought. The Charleville Hotel which dominates the centre of town is now closed and up for sale and down the street the magnificent 1924 Corones Hotel looks very derelict. We did manage to gain access and marvel at the majestic staircase and the living museum that is in the foyer, but so very sad to see it so run down.
Carl and Lang visited the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health organisation and learnt how they are tackling the problem of getting men to open up and seek help with their health issues. They realise that the best way is one on one in their own environment. We were able to leave them a lot of worthwhile brochures, which hopefully will help their cause.
They also visited 4RR FM (Bidjara Media & Broadcasting Company) which was first established in 1999 to service the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community providing news information, and music content. They broadcast an overview of our month long trip around the state.
My Mum grew up in Charleville so it is always nostalgic for me to visit the town. Jane at the information centre has asked me to send out to her all the information and photographs I have of the period (1920/30′s) as they are trying to compile a history of the pioneer women in the area.
In the evening we visited the Cosmos Centre and were very lucky to have a beautiful clear night to star gaze. The centre allows you to view the night sky through very powerful telescopes, and listen to a very well informed talk on the universe.
Our next stop was Roma where Frank Macilvitt, the only heath officer employed by a Queensland council to look after their employees, organised our day. On arrival we were met by Melanie the town’s Public Relations Officer and taken for a lightening tour of the city. Frank had organised for the people from the local vehicle club to bring their vehicles out and display them with the Willys in front of the Cultural Centre. We actually had another Overland that is owned by a Roma resident on show. In the afternoon he organised for a gathering in the auditorium at the cultural centre so we could give a talk on the trip.
As great as the trip has been we are now looking forward to getting home. On Thursday we are finishing the trip at the Hand Sculpture in Eagle Street, Brisbane and then on Sunday FM 101.5 from Caboolture who have supported us since day one are conducting a welcome back at the Caboolture Senior Citizens hall at 2pm.