Grants help nur­ture arty tal­ents

Central Telegraph - - LIFE MY TOWN - BILOELA ALAN McTAGGART P: 0418 195 503 E: biloe­labriefs@hot­mail.com

THE Re­gional Art De­vel­op­ment Fund is a source of grant money that can support a wide range of cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties in the Ba­nana Shire.

Funded by the State Gov­ern­ment and the Ba­nana Shire ratepay­ers, these funds can be es­sen­tial to a wide range of as­pir­ing art work­ers as they look to de­velop their tal­ents.

Melita Lyell, a re­cent re­cip­i­ent of an RADF grant which who was able to at­tend the McGre­gor Win­ter Art School in Toowoomba, is thank­ful to the Ba­nana Shire Coun­cil for the support.

“This was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that I would not have been able to do if it were not for the grant,” she said.

“I re­ceived so much from the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The tu­tor­ing was ex­cel­lent and we were taught so much in a short time. I now have artis­tic skills that I will have for the rest of my life.

“I hope that in the fu­ture I can use these skills to as­sist oth­ers on their artis­tic jour­ney.”

Melita has been work­ing with pas­tel and wa­ter­colour for a cou­ple of years and re­ally got se­ri­ous af­ter at­tend­ing a work­shop with Sue Dawes at the re­gional gallery.

In Septem­ber she plans to at­tend the work­shop with tu­tor Chris Pos­tle, a well-known artist who will be in town to judge the Briga­low Art Fes­ti­val.

The Briga­low Art Fes­ti­val opens on Oc­to­ber 6 but en­tries need to be in be­fore Septem­ber 18, so if you are think­ing you will en­ter you had bet­ter start fill­ing in the forms avail­able at the gallery.

The RADF grant process calls for ap­pli­ca­tions three times a year from artists, sculp­tors, dance groups, com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and more to ap­ply for fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to carry out their pro­ject which has to be con­sid­ered against the guide­line cri­te­ria.

The ap­pli­ca­tion and as­sess­ment process takes some time, so if you have a vague plan that would in­clude RADF support be­ing sought, then don’t de­lay and talk to Shanna at the gallery to­day.

This will en­sure you get good early ad­vice on the prospect of fi­nan­cial support and can tai­lor your ac­tiv­i­ties to qualify for as­sis­tance.

Probus on the prowl

PROBUS mem­bers were out and about and en­joy­ing the pleas­antly cool win­ter weather last week.

The first stop was at the QHP where Cindy and her staff pro­duced a great morn­ing tea for some 20-plus Pro­bians as they so­cialised to­gether.

Not con­tent with that, pres­i­dent Pam Ste­wart had or­gan­ised a visit to the Men’s Shed and de­spite the ma­jor­ity of Pro­bians be­ing fe­males, there was great in­ter­est in the metal work, wood work, and mo­tor en­gi­neers work­shops.

The skills that the men at the Men’s Shed bring to that spe­cial com­mu­nity are many and var­ied and if they don’t know some­body with the right skills to make some­thing new or mend some­thing old they will go out there and find some­body who does have them.

The morn­ing tea was a bonus and thor­oughly en­joyed by all.

But hang about, there was even more! Ev­ery­body had packed a pic­nic lunch and with food to their own taste and drink from cof­fee (to what­ever was your fancy in the esky) it was off to the Cal­lide Dam.

The group got a mag­nif­i­cent spot with views of the wa­ter and more while they dined.

Of course the weather was per­fect with cool air, bright sun­shine and no wind or rain to dis­turb the day.

A cou­ple of ducks and a speed­ing boat out on the wa­ter proved the dam was in use.

Half an hour of en­ter­tain­ment from the Pro­bians for the Pro­bians and it was time to head home for a well-earned af­ter-lunch nap.

I am be­gin­ning to get the hang of this Pro­bian life­style.

Time to rhyme

DON’T for­get the po­etry work­shop led by Mark Tredin­nick, one of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing po­ets, and the win­ner of many lit­er­ary prizes.

It will takes place at the Re­gional Art Gallery on Septem­ber 9–10 from 9am un­til 4pm and has much to of­fer begin­ners and more ex­pe­ri­enced writ­ers.

The work­shop will be as much about how to read a poem as how to write one.

Phone Shanna at the gallery for fur­ther de­tails and book be­fore Septem­ber 1 to 4992 9500.

Din­ner date at fete

THE an­nual Angli­can Fete starts at 5pm tonight and will have all the usual stalls and more.

It’s Fri­day, so you don’t need to cook din­ner, just wan­der down to the hall and make your own se­lec­tion.

Bring the kids be­cause there is a bike to be won.

Smile for Smiddy

THOSE fit enough to do the Cancer fundrais­ing cy­cle run from Townsville to Bris­bane are on the road again this year.

They will have a stopover in Biloela on Thurs­day, Au­gust 31 and or­gan­is­ers are look­ing for peo­ple will­ing to bil­let a rider.

It is only for one nigh. Din­ner will be en­joyed at Than­g­ool and break­fast is of­ten a bot­tle of high-en­ergy drink and a rush to get on the road at 6am.

It is some­thing easy to do and re­ally helps.

In­ter­ested? Con­tact Bron­wynne on 0408 189 650.

Shop Lo­cal

THE main street of Biloela will be hum­ming when the Cal­lide Daw­son Cham­ber of Com­merce Shop Lo­cal cam­paign is in full swing on Septem­ber 13.

There will be great money prizes to be won if you have done the docket thing in par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­nesses.

Make your way down­town on the night and be there to win your share in the prizes on of­fer.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

TOP TAL­ENT: Melita Lyell was thrilled to at­tend the McGre­gor Win­ter Art school to up­grade her skills as an artist.

En­joy­ing morn­ing tea at the Silo.

Probus pres­i­dent Pam with Men’s Shed’s Graeme Whe­lan.

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