Outback Queensland Tour 2015
FRRR staff, directors and a donor visited a number of projects funded by the Tackling Tough Times Together program, as part of the evaluation of the program and assessing the ongoing need.
Talking to community leaders in Charters Towers, to hear first hand about issues facing this community.
Alexandra Gartmann chatting Tammy at Prairie School to understand the impact of the drought on children, and the importance of programs like Dusty Melodies
A local land-mark in Hughenden.
Meeting the Prairie P&C in Hughenden, and some of the students, to learn about the Dusty Melodies program.
FRRR Directors Annie Grindrod (l) and Patrick Myer (r) with Belinda Murphy, Mayor of Mackinlay Shire
The group meeting with the Sport and Recreation Officer from the Mackinlay Shire Council, to understand more about the Saxby Roundup project, which brought people together.
The streets of Julia Creek early in the morning.
Alexandra Gartmann with Geoff from the Winton Historical Society inspecting some of the collection damaged by the devastating fire at the Waltzing Matilda Museum.
Main street of Longreach
One of the many round-tables on the tour to understand the impact of the drought and what support is required - this one is with locals from across the community in Longreach.
An aerial view of one of many small towns on the trip.
Clouds gathering over Longreach, but no rain.
Visiting the School of Distance Education to understand the drought's impact on students living on stations
The representatives from Desert Uplands at Lara Station who told us all about their Botanica Project and the Groove project, which brought people together.
Patrick Myer, Bruce Scott, Alexandra Gartmann and Annie Grindrod at the Windorah Gymkhana, an important local event.
Innovative solutions: solar panels in Windorah provide the majority of local energy.
The township of Windorah from the air
Long straight roads cut through the vast landscape of western Queensland, connecting small communities
Flying over Bedourie, with the town in the top right hand corner, and the race track in the foreground
Tinder dry, dusty conditions on the outskirts of Bedourie
Volunteers clean dinosaur fossils ahead of the opening of the Eromanga Natural History Museum which will become an important local tourist attraction.
Camel races in Bedourie are an important social occasion, bringing people together.
The final stop with the whole group, in Dirranbandi, before the plane went back to Brisbane. The trip continued by road.