Ex­cit­ing role for alumni

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CHIN­CHILLA State High School alumni Ni­cole Jef­frey has had an im­pres­sive ca­reer as a sports jour­nal­ist at for more than 30 years.

But the vet­eran writer is about to em­bark on an ex­cit­ing new op­por­tu­nity with the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions in Monaco later this year.

Proud mum and Chin­chilla res­i­dent Junette Jef­frey said her and her hus­band were “ex­tremely proud” of their daugh­ter.

“It’s a re­ally big job,” Mrs Jef­frey said.

“We hope she’s go­ing to be very, very happy,” she said.

Mrs Jef­frey said “the town had a very big in­flu­ence on her grow­ing up” and be­lieves the great work ethic learned here will ben­e­fit her daugh­ter’s new role. THE Western Downs isn’t any stranger to putting on suc­cess­ful, large-scale events.

This year the Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil is inviting vis­i­tors far and wide to join them on the stun­ning Jim­bour Plains for the in­au­gu­ral Big Skies Fes­ti­val, with a back­drop of one of Aus­tralia’s grand­est colo­nial man­sions, Jim­bour Sta­tion.

Kick­ing off with the iconic Dalby Pic­nic Races on April 28, Big Skies fea­tures seven days of events, fin­ish­ing with the much-an­tic­i­pated Day on the Plain rock con­cert at Jim­bour Am­phithe­atre on May 5.

Boast­ing the likes of mu­sic greats Wendy Matthews, Joe Camil­leri and The Black Sor­rows, Glenn Shor­rock, Frankie J Holden and Wil­bur Wilde, Richard Clap­ton and The Euroglid­ers, it is set to be the largest rock con­cert west of the Great Di­vid­ing Range.

With an ex­pan­sive area to sit and en­joy the mu­sic, guests are in­vited to bring a pic­nic blan­ket or camp­ing chair and re­lax on the grounds of Jim­bour Home­stead.

Vis­i­tors will have plenty to choose from for their day’s dining, with 40 de­li­cious food stalls of op­tions for the crowds as well as al­co­holic and non-al­co­holic drinks for pur­chase.

Mayor Paul McVeigh said the mu­si­cal ta­lent com­ing to­gether for the first ever Day on the Plain was a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We are in­cred­i­bly lucky to be host­ing mu­si­cians of this cal­i­bre all to­gether for Day on the Plain,” he said.

With gates open from 10am, vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to take the day at their leisure, com­ing for one or all six acts.

One act sure to draw the crowds is the dar­ling of Aus­tralian mu­sic Wendy Matthews, whose songs de­light au­di­ences with her range from bal­lads through to pop and jazz gen­res.

Adding to the line-up will be Joe Camil­leri and The Black Sor­rows, who have spent decades at the fore­front of Aus­tralian mu­sic.

Perth out­fit The Euroglid­ers, have chalked up an im­pres­sive swag of awards, four al­bums and nu­mer­ous chart top­pers.

Also on the line-up, Glenn Shor­rock, with a ca­reer span­ning more than 40 years, is one of the el­der states­men of Aus­tralian con­tem­po­rary show busi­ness and is do­ing “some of his best work”.

Hail­ing from New South Wales, singer-song­writer Richard Clap­ton is a house­hold name, with both al­bums and songs clock­ing up time in the top 20 hits charts.

Crowd pleasers Frankie J Holden and Wil­bur Wilde have also teamed up to de­liver a blis­ter­ing set.

Tick­ets: www.bigskies 2018.com.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ROCK ON: Frankie J Holden and Wil­bur Wilde will per­form at the Day on the Plain con­cert.

SPORTS MAD: Ni­cole Jef­frey.

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