Mitchell community comes together for the 13th Paint it Read event.
Mitchell community comes together for the 13th Paint it Read event.

CATCH UP: 13 articles that highlight this week

WE HEAR a lot about COVID-19, international politics and the crime affecting our communities.

While we will continue to provide you all the latest and up-to-date stories on the hot button issues, we are also bringing you great news from the southwest.

Here are 13 stories from The Western Star that happened this week:

1. Why this real estate agent thinks Roma will weather recession

AS AUSTRALIA starts to grapple with the impacts of recession, one Roma real estate agent believes the Maranoa will be able to weather the storm.

Elders rural sales specialist Daven Vohland said there are three factors that will help the rural property market stay in a good position in the future.

2. Rob Katter heads out to Roma, Dalby for election pitch

CHATTING with local councils, roadtripping through the countryside and enjoying a country lunch at the Big Rig have been on the itinerary for maverick state MP Robbie Katter and his Warrego candidate Rick Gurnett.

Hailing from North Queensland, travelling through the Warrego electorate shows Mr Katter, from his point of view, that the issues faced down here are similar to those in his home territory in the north.

3. MEGA GALLERY: Mitchell’s Paint it Read in pictures

THE town of Mitchell was a hive of superheroes, fairytale characters and monsters on Thursday as students came together to Paint It Read for the 13th year.

Students and teachers from Mitchell State School and St Patrick’s School and various businesses got involved in the day by dressing up in various characters, decorating the town but most importantly reading to the kids.

Mitchell State School’s head of curriculum Jane Filan and co-ordinator of the event said the idea of the day is to spread the word of literacy.

4. Maranoa Mayor comments after another Roma retail shop closes

AFTER hearing the news of Roma’s Rockmans closing its doors, Maranoa Regional Council mayor Tyson Golder said “it’s a sign that we need to change things”.

Apparel retailer Mosaic Brands, which owns Rockmans, Noni B, Katies, Millers and Rivers plans to shut up to 500 stores across the nation, following the financial hardship of bushfires, COVID-19 and ongoing disputes with landlords.

5. More wet weather expected for Southwest Queensland

A MUCH welcomed downpour of rain has splashed Southwest Queensland recently, but more wet weather is being predicted over the coming week.

6. SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: 15 things to do across Southwest Qld

LOOKING for somewhere to go with the kids these school holidays?

There are plenty of gems scattered throughout the outback for tourists to enjoy.

7. ‘Role models’: Head of campus praises graduating cohort

IT WAS a day that 51 Roma State College graduates will remember for the rest of their lives, after being able to celebrate their 13 years of education in style at their formal.

Held at the Explorers Inn Convention Centre on September 19, students rocked up in flashy vehicles such as a 1927 Chev Tourer, a show ute with hot purple aerials, and even a horse and buggy!

8. BIG PLANS’: Kmart reveals what the Roma store will include

ROMA’S Kmart Hub store is on track to be delivered to the community early next year with works commencing a few weeks before opening.

John Gualtieri the Retail Director Kmart Australia and New Zealand said, “we’re committed to opening stores in new communities, so that we can reach even more people and we are so excited to introduce the community of Roma to a new concept K hub store in early 2021”.

9. Pub owner avoids COVID-19 fine for table dancing video

AFTER leaked footage emerged of patrons dancing on tables at The Club Hotel Motel, officers from Liquor and Gaming have revealed they will not proceed with issuing a COVID-19 infringement notice to the venue for breaching public health directions.

10. UPGRADES: Carnarvon and Warrego Hwy into Roma

THE Carnarvon and Warrego highways into Roma will be upgraded this month as part of the Palaszczuk government’s $14.5 billion regional roads and transport program, supporting 13,500 jobs.

11. ‘WE’RE STRUGGLING’: Gun club looking for new blood to survive

A MARANOA gun club is scoping out interest for new blood to join their ranks to survive into the future as it struggles to bring in new members amid the COVID-19 pandemic and record-breaking drought.

The Eric Burey Memorial Rifle Range in Muckadilla desperately needs the younger generation to take up the reins and lend a helping hand to ensure the sport stays alive in the small Maranoa town.

12. Maranoa Council welcomes four new citizens with open arms

JAGAT Pal came to Australia with an entrepreneurial spirit, having run a number of businesses in the southwest, and now he’s been recognised as one of the country’s newest citizens.

The 38-year-old Liberty service station operator received his citizenship certificate along with three other new Australians at a special ceremony held by Maranoa Regional Council on Wednesday night.

13. Hundreds sign Mitchell camping petition, Sunwater responds

AS FLOCKS of tourists head out west as COVID forces travellers to explore their backyard, hundreds of concerned Mitchell residents have signed a petition after ‘no camping’ signs were erected at one of the town’s most popular camping spots.

The petition to keep free camping at the Neil Turner Weir, launched by the Booringa Action Group, has already amassed 584 signatures as of September 17, and 32 businesses are expected to sign.