Goondiwindi Regional Report 10 March

A round up of news and events from across the region in this week’s Goondiwindi Regional Report.

iWest pays a visit to Brisbane, Boggabilla Central school plays host to business after hour, a local author with a big story to share and what’s the buzz around our small schools.

Check out these stories, plus more, in this week’s Goondiwindi Regional Report.

iWest to go statewide

RVO: We’re familiar with iWest in Goondiwindi…but we may soon see their services a little further afield.

From accessibility to practicality, iWest had it all at the Assistive Solutions Expo in Brisbane on Saturday.

Representing Goondiwindi, iWest is dedicated to servicing outback regions as well as creating technical solutions for those living with disabilities.

Showcasing their services in Brisbane was no mean feat…

“To be chosen to come from a town that has a population of 5000 to represent millions has been quite the honour,” says owner Jason Scott.

“I never expected it to be this big and if you ask a lot of my customers I never wanted it to be this big but this is an identifiable need in this country to have one solution from one company. And I’m glad we were chosen and selected to be this one solution.”


Boggabilla Central School hosts Business After Hours

It’s a remote school, but it has a lot to be proud of.

Visitors to the Boggabilla Central School were impressed with the world-class facilities like the science lab and computer technology.

The school is part of the Connected Communities program, a support network between schools in rural and remote areas.

Nick Barrett, rural area relief teacher says technology is vital.

“For rural schools yes, because they’re so far away from each other with such a great distance between secondary schools in rural areas, it’s important to utilise the technology in terms of communication with other schools,” he says.

Sharing experiences and ideas with other teachers is a huge advantage and working with indigenous students means learning on the job.

Gavin Kahn, Executive Principal says the kids are always teaching him!

“I think some of the opportunities that it poses for us is that we’re able to learn about the assets within the community,” describes Gavin.

“We’re able to learn about the richness not only of the culture and of the history but also what those members of the community and children bring.   So it’s a two way learning process for the majority of us staff.”


My Strong Mummy Launch

Cancer is a hard thing to talk about, especially to kids.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Pamela Schramm couldn’t find the right book to explain her condition, so she took matters into her owns hands, writing about her own cancer journey in a positive way.

“So I just wanted something uplifting, that explains cancer, but also in an uplifting way,” says Pamela.

“Any mother who’s firstly diagnosed, you don’t know what the outcome is going to be, you hope for the best, some mothers its not, mine will be, but that very first contact, that has to be positive.”

The launch became emotional as Pamela discussed the moment she felt her book had achieved what she set out to do – to resonate with her own children.


Stingless bees on tour

Stories, honey tasting and even a bit of didgeridoo – Yelarbon primary school were one of 12 schools in the region who were lucky enough to set up a native bee hive in their school yard.

They join schools in Tulloona, North Star, Croppa Creek, Yetman, Boomi, Talwood, Bungunya, Kindon, Kioma and Toomelah who have all received their very own hive!

The sessions about these native stingless were organised by Waggamba Landcare for school kids to learn just how important bees are for our ecosystem.

Matthew Middleton from Beezotted Bees says its great to get the kids involved.

“Bees are an important part of biodiversity around Australia and we have such national treasures in our stingless bees,” he says.

“To see their reactions when we open the hive; their eyes are wide and they are all commenting, ‘they’re so tiny, they are so cute, smell the honey, look at the pollen’ so they are just totally gobsmacked.”

Stingless and harmless, the kids are able to get up close and personal with the little insects…a hands on lesson in biodiversity.