Exciting role for alumni
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.
ROCK ON: Frankie J Holden and Wilbur Wilde will perform at the Day on the Plain concert.
SPORTS MAD: Nicole Jeffrey.