What’s on in Toowoomba Podcast TRANSCRIPT
Andrew M-W.: Welcome to What’s on in Toowoomba, trueAU.NEWS. This is a weekly podcast with Toowoomba advocate Daryl Nicholson who owns and runs Toowoomba 4350 TV. My name is Andrew McCarthy-Wood. Thank you for your company. This community podcast, let’s do that again, podcast is brought to you by Leading Engagement Solutions. If you have a business group or organisation, engagement is so much more effective than just marketing.
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Daryl Nicholson: Mate, let’s just do a quick wrap up. I’ve just had a quick look through the paper and some news from the weekend. The Qantas training school officially opens today in Toowoomba, which is exciting news. The facility is being built at Wellcamp, so the students are opening their books today out at the University of Southern Queensland until that facility is available, which will take about a year. That’s really exciting news for Wagners and for the Toowoomba airport and for the Toowoomba region, so Qantas training school are now in town and officially doing business.
Daryl Nicholson: The spring polo wrapped up for 2019 on Saturday, and, mate, can I say it did happen in rain, hail and shine. They had every [crosstalk 00:01:27].
Andrew M-W.: Really?
Daryl Nicholson: Yeah. You know where I am in East Toowoomba, I could hear the crowds cheer when the rain came down and then a bit of hail. It was nice when the sun came back out again. Unfortunately it’s not returning for 2020 due to the drought, due to Weetwood carnival is being moved to the same time period, which the polo are a bit worried about. Of course, some of the insurance issues and the drought issues with horses and availability of riders and horses.
Daryl Nicholson: Unless we get some rain it’s going to have a knock-on effect. No polo for 2020, but definitely if there’s enough business interest in 2021 they will bring that back. I’ll have a talk to the girls at the events group and I’m going to see if I can get behind that one as well, and talk to them about we do. Mate, the carnival is over. It’s over. It finished on Sunday, which was really sad. 10 days.
Andrew M-W.: Mate, the wrap up, how did it go?
Daryl Nicholson: About $20 million they’re predicting came into the economy. Geoff McDonald quoted that hundreds of thousands of people have visited the city over the time. Look, I wouldn’t doubt that, so they’ve got to wait and get the figures in. 80,000 people they predicted watched the parade, which I would think that would be right. Whether it was bigger than last year or not, I’ve got a feeling there was about the same as last year. Pretty happy with what happened for the 70th year.
Daryl Nicholson: Mate, big crowds Friday night, about 10,000 into the food and wine Saturday. Capacity for the concert series there in food and wine. There was about 12,000. I went Sunday. They closed the ticket sales off at midday for John Farnham. Mate, what a true showman. Didn’t have any more dad jokes. He’s given away his dad jokes, but certainly can entertain and just own the stage, and had the crowd singing Your the Voice really loud.
Daryl Nicholson: It was good to see all the food and wine and all the food from the Granite Belt. There was a lot of Granite Belt wine there. I must say [Pola 00:03:18] and I got stuck into her wine, so we enjoyed a couple of bottles. I’m going to give a shout-out to Fitzy’s, mate, tacos, $10 tacos. Absolutely brilliant. Brad might kill me for saying this, but he was doing about 100 tacos every hour. He was having a ball there.
Daryl Nicholson: All the food people said they had good trade. Mate, they’re all looking forward to 2020 for the carnival as well. Excuse me. James Street, we’ve drove down James Street and there’s been more movement, more listings are coming on board. There’s interest from people getting appraisals from real estate agents. Looks like the values have gone up a little bit. Some of the agents are saying up to $10,000 added on to the property. There’s increased awareness for buyers and increased awareness for sellers to get those properties out there on the market. Because it is quiet now, mate. It’s a quiet street compared to what it was.
Andrew M-W.: You and I took a drive there. I’ve been up to Toowoomba so many times, and James Street has always been one of those roads that you wrestle. If you need to cross it, you’re looking out for not just the cars, you’re trying to get in between those trucks and some of those are quite overbearing. That’s changed, eh?
Daryl Nicholson: Yeah, mate. Look, there’ll be no more rollovers there. There’s that road that comes down into James Street. It’s a bit of an incline. There’s been heaps of rollovers there. Look, there’ll be no more rollovers there which will be great. That bypass is certainly doing its job.
Daryl Nicholson: Mate, I went to the Queens Park Market yesterday down at Queens Park. They’ve had a bit of a challenging year with weather, with wind and rain through the year. They had a beautiful day yesterday, and they’re now getting behind a new charity. What they do is there were about 60 marketeers there yesterday. Each month they run that market and this year they’ve chosen, this time they’ve chosen a new charity. They’re supporting Big Dog Support Services, which have a magazine called What’s Up In Disability. For that charity they’re looking at $12,000 to $15,000 a year from the markets going into that charity. Good work there.
Daryl Nicholson: Did an interview with Steven Paull yesterday. He’s the director of Big Dog Security. It was a livestream. Steven and the team at Big Dog and What’s Up In Disability are excited to be part of Queens Park Market. Can you really support that market in November? I’m going to do a livestream from there. They have got some exciting musicians and exciting stall holders, and really want to get that one back on the map, the Queens Park Markets.
Daryl Nicholson: It has, as I said, struggled. They go to set up on a Sunday, and there’s the dangers of outdoor stuff, wind, or rain. They just had a cracker of a day yesterday. It was really good.
Andrew M-W.: Anybody looking for those livestreams that you’re talking about, they head to Facebook, 4350 TV. Daryl, you’ve got it all there being the advocate for Toowoomba that you are. They can really scroll through and see a whole lot of information including what you’re talking about now, hey?
Daryl Nicholson: Definitely. Definitely, mate. Definitely. As I was saying to you offline, there’s so much going on. Just quickly, Johnny Ruffo’s in town this Saturday, October 5th. He’s being hosted by Rosalie House Cellars. Johnny Ruffo woke up one day in hospital, mate. He had a brain tumour. He needed a brain operation. He’s a brain cancer survivor and he’s working with Tracey Gollan who you met at carnival. She’s been affected by brain cancer. She’s raising funds for, mate, I’ve got to be careful here, FU brain cancer, so the FU brain cancer. [crosstalk 00:06:44].
Andrew M-W.: Well, I see why you’re handling that delicately.
Daryl Nicholson: That’s right. Because they really want to get rid of brain cancer, so that’s what they’re doing. That’s on Saturday 5th of October. Still tickets are available. 5th of October, of course, the Stanthorpe community day out at Stanthorpe. Heaps to do out there. 10:00 till 10:00. It might be 12:00 till 10:00 now, but it’s a big afternoon to thank all the community emergency services.
Daryl Nicholson: The Accadacca band are playing. Kathryn and the Band’s playing, 9 Year Sister, Smooth Talk. A big shout-out to Col Finley, and especially to Peter Campbell. He’s a local Toowoomba. He’s taking his band out there. A really good musician. Tommy Miller are going to play out there as well. Lots of classic cars, live music.
Daryl Nicholson: Got to RSVP. Go to the Facebook page, Stanthorpe community day and just RSVP. There’ll be food and drink available. Just take your bottled water out there. Don’t be afraid to flush the toilets because they’ve still got plenty of water in the dams till November, and then they’re pumping water in. Do encourage you to jump in the car and jump out to Stanthorpe. October the-
Andrew M-W.: I’m just going to jump in there really quickly, because you’re not just encouraging people to head out there for the sake of a good time. That community really needs people to get out there and put some money into that economy out there, hey?
Daryl Nicholson: Yeah. Definitely, mate. They definitely do. As I said, my friend Pola, I said, “I wish rain for you, Pola.” She said, “We wish for some tourists.” Because there were declining numbers last week for the first week of school holidays. A lot of the motels were empty and the B&Bs. That’s really sad. Don’t be afraid to go out there. Bring your bottled water, and they have got tap water but just be conscious when you’re using the taps. Don’t be afraid to go out there.
Daryl Nicholson: Mate, the fires are all out. Everything’s good. It’s just a bit black but that will come back with regrowth when they get a little bit of rain out there. Do that. Head out there. Mate, October 6th and this is my last thing, Gina Jeffreys is in town. I’m going to get in touch with her this week, and Rod McCormack. See if I can catch up Gina. Abbey Road to the Empire. It’s music of The Beatles. Mate, there are so many entertainers there. Gina Jeffreys is the headlining act.
Daryl Nicholson: James Royal was famous in London and the UK. He now calls Toowoomba home. He’s on stage. He’s a character, mate. He’s 70. He’s loud. He loves music. He had hit selling records in London and the UK, but he calls Toowoomba home. Dale Robbins, Ross Kessler, Don Duffus. Project 62, they’re a young grunge band. They’re going to do three Beatles’ songs. Dawn of Creation, Turnbull, Mace and the Motor. Mace is, again, grunge and he’s also laid back, but he’s going to do Beatles.
Daryl Nicholson: The Hobsons, Sharon Matheson. It goes on and on, mate. There’s so many names here, and they’re going to have a 50-piece choir included as well. Abbey Road to the Empire, there might be still some tickets available. Just check their Facebook page. They’re going to have it nice and early because it’s grand final day this Sunday for the NRL. They want to do the concert 2:00, get it all finished by 6:00 so everyone can get home and cheer on the NRL. Mate, I cannot think who’s playing in the NRL. It’s just lost my mind.
Daryl Nicholson: That’s what’s going on, mate. Just quickly, Friday the 4th of October to Saturday the 13th of October out at Pittsworth. We haven’t talked about Pittsworth before. They’re having their spring art exhibition. The Pittsworth spring art exhibition features over 100 original works of art, pottery and woodcraft by local members. It’s at the Pittsworth Art Gallery at 50 Short Street, Pittsworth. Mate, I’m even going to jump out the car over that week and just see what’s going on out at Pittsworth. Because that’s one community that needs help as well.
Daryl Nicholson: Mate, that’s my wrap up. That’s the lot. As I said, mate, every week I just get amazed with what’s going on. If anyone says there’s nothing to do in Toowoomba and the region, I’d rebut that. Just look at what I’ve just come up with in a matter of 20 minutes research, so there you go.
Andrew M-W.: You’re in the middle of it. Look, Daryl, thank you very much for your time. If you’re in a Toowoomba region and have a community event coming up, let Daryl know by going to the trueAU.NEWS website and putting your details into the contact form. We’ll pass those details on to Daryl, the Toowoomba advocate.
Daryl Nicholson: Great stuff, mate. Toowoomba 4350 TV. More than just a postcode. It’s all about community.