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2018 Moranbah Photography Contest

Kimberly Lehto-Head - Tuesday, May 29, 2018

2018 Moranbah Photography Exhibition

The 2018 Moranbah Photography Exhibition, which featured local photography artists of the Moranbah community, was held in the Isaac Regional Council’s Coalface Art Gallery, during the month of May.

The collection showcased in the Coalface’s Art Gallery consisted of photographs of the community’s residents, beautiful landscape and local events captured in action.

Over the years, Moranbah and District Support Services and the Connecting Communities Program have supported local resident artists in their range of mediums and the programs that they have created for our community.  Our mission is to represent the interests of all residents, promote the liveability within Moranbah, and promote support for the community.

To showcase local photography artists, the Moranbah Photography Competition was created to engage all new residents and existing community members to take photographs of the community through their lens of cameras, tablets, or phones.  This event gave the community of Moranbah an opportunity to connect with others, become active, establish a sense of connection in the community, while showcasing the beauty and unique qualities of our community.

On 29 May 2018, the winners of the Moranbah Photography Competition were announced.  Our Community Category Winners: Claire Williams, Joanne Mulcahy, and Trysett le Garde. Our People Category Winners: Trysett le Garde and Natasha-Ann Deller.  Youth Category Winners: Jayden Eglinton, Jessie Earl, Zachary Mulcahy and Typhoon le Garde. 

After the announcement of winners, all the prints were auctioned off with all proceeds supporting community programs and events.

Moranbah and District Support Services and the Connecting Communities Program would like to acknowledge Community Radio 4RFM and the Isaac Regional Council, and thank our major sponsor BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) for their generous contributions in making this exhibition a reality.

For more information, please contact Moranbah and District Support Services on (07) 4941 5164, or visit www.mdssmoranbah.com.au.

 

Planning for Moranbah Youth and Community Centre

Kimberly Lehto-Head - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Moranbah Youth and Community Centre Reference Group showcased the preliminary design of the new facility at the Moranbah markets on the weekend. This proud partnership between BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (DCCSDS) and the Isaac Regional Council, will enable continued support and community service delivery for the youth and families in Moranbah and broader Isaac communities.

The new facility will be home to Moranbah and District Support Service Association Inc., Emergency and Long Term Accommodation in Moranbah Inc. and Hinterland Community Care Inc and will provide a base for other visiting service providers and local community groups.  The project will now proceed to the detailed design phase with construction scheduled in early 2018.

 

Planning for the Future

Kimberly Lehto-Head - Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Moranbah District Support Services, is planning for what is ahead 

Moranbah District Support Services, is excited about its future and steps are now being planned for what lies ahead, by undertaking a strategic planning process, over the next several weeks.

Moranbah District Support Services president, Mrs Bernice Crompton, said MDSS was currently putting into place, positive plans which would be responsive to further developments.

“We are planning to meet the future needs of our community by being creative in the way we deliver our services,” she said.

“To develop these new ideas, we have recently started working with the team from Ideas Kitchen Consultancy based in Mackay.

The Ideas Kitchen Consulting team will help us to review our direction, capacity and approach to define our purpose, measure our achievements and maximise our opportunities.”  

“This Strategic Planning process will be conducted over the next few weeks and we wish to gather ideas from our stakeholders and community. We will be using social media as one of our tools. We encourage the public to take part in this exercise,” Mrs Crompton said.  

“We are grateful to, and thank our stakeholders and members of the community in advance for taking a few minutes to be part of forming the future of Moranbah District Support Services. 

If you have few minutes to relay your thoughts and comments to Ideas Kitchen Consulting
over the strategic planning period we would love to hear from you.  To be part of the process, please email
ncp@mdssmoranbah.com.au or   info@ideaskitchenconsulting.com.au to have your say”, she said.  

Media Contact:
Anne Meehan
Moranbah and District Support Services

(07) 4941 5164

Moranbah Clubs Fair 2017

Kimberly Lehto-Head - Monday, March 06, 2017

Moranbah Clubs Fair and Workshops

Numerous groups, clubs and organisations of Moranbah were on show to attract new members and volunteers at the recent Moranbah Clubs Fair.

Combined with the monthly Freemason’s Markets, the Moranbah Clubs Fair proved to be a bustling success with many clubs seeing increased interest.

“The Moranbah Clubs Fair had a fantastic turn out by local clubs and groups.  It provided residents a wonderful opportunity to learn about what was available, while getting hands on opportunities to participate and witnessing brilliant demonstrations,” said local resident Alaina Earl.  

Organisers from the Connecting Communities Program and Moranbah and District Support Service were excited by the growing number of participants at the third annual Moranbah Clubs Fair.

“Joining a local group is a great way to meet new people and provides fantastic opportunities for socialising. The Clubs Fair demonstrates the variety and calibre of clubs and groups we have on offer in our community,” said Connecting Communities Program Coordinator Kimberly Head.

Andrew Tomlinson, member of the Moranbah Men’s Shed and RSL Club said, “The Moranbah Clubs Fair was good exposure for clubs, while showing local residents what was available and how to become an active member of the community.  We look forward to next year’s event. “

 

Local clubs and groups were also invited to information sessions and perform a Clubs Health Check with Daniel Bright from the Sport and Recreations Services division of the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing.

The Moranbah Tennis Club was one club pleased to be able to take advantage of the information session and Club Health Check.

Lindsay Chicken, member of the Moranbah Tennis Club said, “Thank you very much for letting our club take part in the Clubs Fair, as it was a brilliant opportunity to get Moranbah Tennis out there and increase our club’s membership.  I am thankful that these opportunities are available for the clubs in Moranbah especially the Club Health Check Workshop and the upcoming First Aid Course.  All of these things are a great help to us to keep the club alive and to give the town the choice of sports.”

MDSS and the Connecting Communities Program would like to acknowledge and thank their major sponsors BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), Isaac Regional Council and the Moranbah Freemasons for their generous contributions. We would like to thank the clubs, groups and organisations that participated in the Moranbah Clubs Fair.

For more information on Moranbah groups, clubs and organisations, please contact Kimberly Head at Moranbah and District Support Services on (07) 4941 5164, or visit www.mdssmoranbah.com.au.

 

 

Christmas School Holiday Programs

Kimberly Lehto-Head - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Moranbah School Holiday Program Fun for Youth
13 December 2016 – 30 January 2017 - Moranbah, Queensland

The Summer school holidays were jam packed in Moranbah with exciting events taking place across the Moranbah community for students and their younger siblings.

Hosted by Moranbah and District Support Services, Isaac Regional Council, Oasis Life Church, Janelle Vitale Swim School, ELAM, and the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) Connecting Communities Program, local youth aged 2 to 17 years participated in a wide variety of programs across the six-week holiday break.  These programs included Rhyme Time, Recycled Crafts, Ozobot Fam Challenge, Games Night, Water Sports at the Greg Cruickshank Aquatic Centre, Clay Christmas Ornaments, Movie Marathon at the Cinema, and ended with a Pool Party and Movie Night to celebrate going back to school.  Each of the events was designed to get local youth active and engaging with others of a similar age. 

Alaina Earl, Moranbah Community Resident, attended the Movie Marathon at the Cinema.  “What a fantastic school holiday event! Living 2 hours from the nearest cinema, the closest our kids usually get to the movies is sitting close to our television. Being able to go to the cinema, and experience the big seats, popcorn, treats, and of course the big screen in the air conditioning, is pretty special. And far more affordable option than you’d ever get in the city. My kids had a ball, and can’t wait for the next one!”

Nienke Berghuis, of Authentic Workshops stated, "We had lots of elves in the arts building on the morning of the 15th of December... creating beautiful Christmas ornaments out of clay, to decorate their Christmas trees. It was so popular we had to put on a second workshop! Everyone was having a good time, young and old. After kneading the clay we pressed it into different shapes, like Christmas trees, angels, baubles and stars. We then decorated them with beads, stamps and even gold leaf, and threaded some ribbon through the top. They couldn't wait until they were completely dry and ready to be hung on the Christmas tree!"

Moranbah and District Support Services and the Connecting Communities Program would like to acknowledge and thank BMA, the Isaac Regional Council, AH Realty and the Janelle Vitale Swim School for their generous contributions to making this event a reality.

For more information, please contact Moranbah and District Support Services on (07) 4941 5164, or visit www.mdssmoranbah.com.au.



Moranbah Christmas Lights Competition 2016

Kimberly Lehto-Head - Thursday, December 22, 2016

Daily Mercury - 19 December 2016
THEY'RE twinkling, sparkling and shining bright - homes and businesses right across the Isaac region are putting on a festive show for Christmas.

Towns across the region lit up with magical displays of reindeer, snow, Santa, tractors and plenty of characters from the movie Frozen.

More than 70 homes and businesses across Isaac entered their festive displays for friends and family to enjoy, and Mayor Anne Baker congratulated all entrants for bringing extra sparkle to their communities this Christmas.

"The entrants have put a huge amount of time and effort
into their displays," Cr Baker said.

"It's definitely one of my favourite family experiences at
Christmas to travel the streets and see the twinkling lights.

"I love seeing the excitement for both young and old as
they soak up the magic of each display.

"Dysart had an incredible 25 entrants this year, and their
annual Christmas Lights Train was a hit once again."

"Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to
everyone who helped light up Isaac this Christmas."

Moranbah

  • Best Residential Teresa Stephan 17 Norton Court
  • Best Business Infusion Cleaning 10 Macarthur Street


http://www.dailymercury.com.au/news/winners-announced-for-isaac-christmas-lights-conte/3124254/#/0 

Moranbah Senior's Christmas Dinner

Kimberly Lehto-Head - Monday, December 05, 2016

The Isaac Regional Council, Moranbah and District Support Services and the Connecting Communities Program invited our community's seniors to an evening of cuisine, company and Christmas cheer on 2 December 2016.


Moranbah Through Your Lens Photography Competition

Kimberly Lehto-Head - Monday, November 28, 2016

Moranbah Through Your Lens Photography Exhibition

The Moranbah Through Your Lens Photography Exhibition, which featured local photography artists of the Moranbah community, was held in the Isaac Regional Council’s Coalface Art Gallery, during the month of November.

The collection showcased in the Coalface’s Art Gallery consisted of photographs of the community’s residents, beautiful landscape, gorgeous vegetation, prominent structures, remarkable landmarks and local events captured in action.

Over the years, Moranbah and District Support Services and the Connecting Communities Program have supported local resident artists in their range of mediums and the programs that they have created for our community.  Our mission is to represent the interests of all residents, promote the liveability within Moranbah, and promote support for the community.

To showcase local photography artists, the Moranbah Through Your Lens Photography Competition was created to engage all new residents and existing community members to take photographs of the community through their lens of cameras, tablets, drones or phones.  This event gave the community of Moranbah an opportunity to connect with others, become active, establish a sense of connection in the community, while showcasing the beauty and unique qualities of our community.

On 24 November 2016, the winners of the Moranbah Through Your Lens Photography Competition were announced.  Open Category Winners were: Clayton Eadie, Shaun Huntley, Trysett La Garde and Kristy Iron.  Youth Category Winners were: Sarah Earl and Josie Martin. 

After the announcement of winners, all the prints were auctioned off with all proceeds supporting community programs and events.

Moranbah and District Support Services and the Connecting Communities Program would like to acknowledge Moranbah Arts, Community Radio 4RFM and the Isaac Regional Council and thank our major sponsors BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) and the Moranbah Fairfor their generous contributions in making this exhibition a reality.

For more information, please contact Moranbah and District Support Services on (07) 4941 5164, or visit www.mdssmoranbah.com.au.




















School Holiday Program - Fun for Youth

Kimberly Lehto-Head - Wednesday, October 05, 2016

20 - 27 September 2016 - Moranbah, Queensland

The September school holidays were jam packed in Moranbah with exciting events for students and their younger siblings taking place across town.

Hosted by Moranbah and District Support and the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) Connecting Communities Program in partnership with local businesses and organisations, local youth aged 2 to 17 years participated in a Day at the Cinema, Tie Dye Adventure, Water Sports at the Greg Cruickshank Aquatic Centre, and a Friday fair and movie night to celebrate Child Protection Week.  Each of the events was designed to get local youth active and associating with others of a similar age. 

Liz Binnekamp, Moranbah Community Resident, attended the School Holiday Program.  “Moranbah and District Support Services and the Connecting Communities Program have done a wonderful job of organising fun activity ides for kids to do in the school holidays.  My girls love the Day at the Cinema and the Tie Dye Adventure. Please continue providing these school holiday programs.”

Matthew and Janelle Vitale, of the Janelle Vitale Swim School stated, “It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the facility and see the community come together, while enjoying the pool through the Water Sports event.  We are excited to see so many community residents take part in this fantastic program.”

Moranbah and District Support Services and the Connecting Communities Program would like to acknowledge and thank the Isaac Regional Council, BMA, AH Realty and the Janelle Vitale Swim School for their generous contributions to making this event a reality.

For more information, please contact Moranbah and District Support Services on (07) 4941 5164. 




Child Protection Event 2016

Kimberly Lehto-Head - Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Moranbah, Queensland – 23 September 2016

The Moranbah and District Support Services (MDSS) and the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) Connecting Communities partnership hosted Moranbah families at a recent ‘Moranbah Child Protection Event’ at the Moranbah Miners League Club. 

The spectacular spring weather helped to ensure that the Moranbah community enjoyed all of the fun on offer including a side show alley, rides and a starlight screening of ‘Zootopia’.

Nadia McMillan, Treasurer of the Moranbah Rugby League Football Club, was at the movie night.  “We were overwhelmed with how many came on Friday and loved local community members getting out and enjoying the evening.  Thanks to Moranbah and District Support Services and the Connecting Communities Program for providing this opportunity for partnership to the Moranbah Rugby League Football Club.  The event was outstanding, bringing people in the community together in such fun and festive way!”

Moranbah and District Support Services and the Connecting Communities Program would like to acknowledge and thank the Moranbah Men’s Shed, Simply Sunshine, Arrow Energy, Jumpin Jaks, Kerri Williams, Community Radio 4RFM, Peter Panthers Drumming, Relationships Australia, Braking the Cycle, Isaac Regional Council’s SES for assisting in the coordination of the day’s event and acknowledge our major sponsors BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), Isaac Regional Council, Moranbah Miners Leagues Club and the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services for their generous contributions to making this event a reality.

For more information, please contact Moranbah and District Support Services on (07) 4941 5164, or visit www.mdssmoranbah.com.au.