Goondiwindi Local News – 20 April 2017

In this week’s Goondiwindi Local News:

Our first Pop-up is happening on the 16th of May, Grow Your Business with Instagram, presented by Roberta Ribeiro Fairbanks​

The 2017 Goondiwindi Business Award Nominations are Open and going strong. Make your nomination at

We’ve confirmed our guest speaker for the 2017 Business Awards Gala Dinner is Dr Dr Rolf Gomes, from Heart of Australia​. We’re very excited to hear his story, and we’re sure you will be too.

Ashleigh McNaulty​ of Ashleigh’s Health & Fitness​ is hosting the Active Farmers at Goondiwindi Launch Event​ on Monday. Brooke speaks with Ashleigh to get some details.

This year’s Easter on the Macintyre was a huge success. See the Goondiwindi Regional Council​’s write-up of the event here:

ANZAC Day is next Tuesday. There will be a Dawn Service at 4:28am in the Goondiwindi Memorial Town Park, a cemetery service at 8:30am, and a March to the Cenotaph at 10:00am.

The Goondiwindi Show 2017​ is only two weeks away. The show holiday is May 5 this year, so be sure to mark it in your calendar.

2017 Goondiwindi Business Awards

The Goondiwindi Business Awards are now open. We’ve got 6 business categories; including the new community service industry award; the Employee of the Year Awards, and we’ve also introduced a Local Innovation award.

Nominations are online this year, and we’ve already a great response, but the more the merrier, so get nominating. Nominations will be open from the 1st of April and close on the 30th of April.

We’ve started notifying the nominees and asking them to fill in an online questionnaire. The awards judges will use these questionnaires to tally their results.

This year, we are also asking nominees to submit a short video. The video only needs to be 30-90 seconds long and showcase your work for everyone to see. I say everyone because we are going to show the videos at the awards dinner.

Ashleigh McNulty – Active Farmers

Brooke has a phone conversation with Ashleigh to get all the details of next Monday’s Active Farmer’s Bootcamp. It starts at 5:30am on Riddles Oval.

Easter on the Macintyre

Last weekend, you may have seen the bridge light up; with fireworks that is. The town put on the Easter on the Macintyre festival and it was a great success.

There were four full days of activities, under beautiful blue skies. Goondiwindi Cotton opened the weekend with their Winter Fashion Show in support of tie up the black dog.

The main event on Saturday was well attended, and there has been a lot of positive comments on the local talent with performances from Mackenzie Timms and Erin Ellis up on stage.

Of course the fireworks stole the show, with a crowd of about 2,000 watching on from the river banks.

The Goondiwindi Regional Council have a full report written up on their website.


Next week, we observe ANZAC Day, and remember our history in the hope that we don’t repeat it.

On Tuesday at 4:28am the town will observe a dawn service at the Cenotaph in the Goondiwindi Memorial Town Park. I’ve been going to the dawn service, and I’m pretty sure the crowd has become larger each year. I’m looking forward to seeing another good turnout this year.

Later in the day, there is a cemetery service, where we honour the returned service men and women who have been laid to rest in the Town Cemetery.

Later still at 10am, there will be a march to the Cenotaph via Marshall Street.

So please, mark this solemn occasion in your diary and show your support to those returned service men and women. You may not support the wars, but that doesn’t mean you can’t support the people.

Show Day

The Goondiwindi Show is coming up quick, it’s only 2 weeks away now.

We’re used to our show holiday being on the same weekend as the Labour Day weekend, this year, it is the weekend after.

So put it in your calendars, that the Show Holiday is Friday the 5th of May.

As usual, the Aspects Art Show is on the night before being the 4th of May.

That’s all we’ve got time for this week, until next week, take care.

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