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Music, art scenes give sense of identity

The Australian | 27th July 2018

It is the cultural heart that reveals the Darling Downs’ community spirit.

Southern Queensland’s arts and cultural scene is said to punch above its weight, including picnic performances attracting thousands to see opera, emerging public art and open-air rock concerts.

Building on a tradition of music groups in Toowoomba and performances for more than a century, new festivals are planned to bring tourists and locals to the blue-sky surrounds.

University of Southern Queensland professor and head of the arts and communication school, Rhoderick McNeill, says the region has long been an arts hub with a creative culture, pointing to its enduring local classical music groups and its innovative festivals.

Western Downs’ historic Jimbour Station hosts one of Australia’s biggest music events, Opera at Jimbour, that brings up to 10,000 guests to the sandstone property to watch the performance from their picnic blankets.

Planning for the biennial performance — which last year featured David Hobson and Emily Burke in The Merry Widow — is under way as part of the Queensland Music Festival for July 2019. Burke also starred in Fledermaus in 2015.

“[Arts] brings the city a sense of identity and wellbeing,” he says. “The cultural activities in the place are a good barometer of how happy and content a place is.”

And after May’s biggest rock concert west of the Great Dividing Range — the Western Downs’ Day on the Plains, part of the 10-day Blue Skies Festival — the region will soon display its contemporary arts bona fides with a light-installation festival.

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2018-07-27T11:00:55+00:00July 27th, 2018|

Women in Ag Day – Jimbour House

16th October 2018

Darling Downs Cotton Growers Inc. presents a day for women in agriculture to recharge, rejuvenate and reconnect.

Featuring Guest Speaker Chantal Corish “How to escape the cult of busy & why you should”

Picnic Lunch, Market Stalls, Live Music, Fashion Parade, Multi-draw Raffles, Lucky Door Prize & Kids Entertainment.

Proceeds to “Are You Bogged Mate?” – helping country blokes talk about mental health and suicide while spreading awareness about depression in the bush.

10:00am  | Jimbour House

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2018-07-27T10:59:52+00:00July 26th, 2018|

Win two night luxury accommodation at Jimbour House

Location of the new Stan Movie – The Second – with touring, catering,flights and more…

Entries Close 5 pm on 31 August 2018

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Terms and Conditions


1. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of the Terms and Conditions of Entry. Entry into this competition is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

2. To the extent of consistency between these Terms and Conditions and any other reference to this competition, these Terms and Conditions prevail.

Who can enter

3. Subject to the clauses below, entry is open to entrants 18 years of age and over. The Promoter reserves the right, at any time, to verify the validity of entries and entrants (including an entrant’s identity, age and place of residence).

4. Employees, and their immediate families of the Promoter, associated agencies and companies, contractors or individuals are not eligible to enter this competition. Immediate family means any of the following: spouse, ex-spouse, de facto spouse, child or stepchild (whether natural or by adoption), parent, step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister or first cousin.

5. The Promoter is Russell Pastoral Company (Jimbour House) ABN 55 431 779 601 (the Promoter). The Promoter’s address is 86 Jimbour Station Road Jimbour Queensland 4406 Australia

How to enter

6. To enter, eligible entrants must, during the Promotional Period (defined below): Complete the online competition form at http://jimbour.com/ with their name, contact number, email address, and post code

7. By submitting an entry into this competition, entrants consent to receive promotional and other marketing messages from the Promoter (including messages sent electronically for an unlimited period of time). Entrants will be able to opt out at any time by following the instructions included in each message from the Promoter.

Number of entries permitted

8. Only one entry per person will be permitted into the competition. Entrants found to be submitting multiple entries may have all entries invalidated.

Open, Close, Draw and Publish dates

9. The competition commences at 8 am on 9 July 2018 and closes at 5 pm on 31 August 2018. Entries must be received by the Promoter during the promotional period as outlined above.

10. The competition winner will be selected by a representative of Jimbour House at 11 am on 3 September 2018 and broadcasted live via Facebook Live on the Jimbour house Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/jimbourhouse/. Times quoted are local times to the location of the Promoter.

11. There will be one (1) winner who will be chosen from all eligible entries received. The Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

12. The above-named winner has the choice to select one (1) adult to accompany him/her on his/her experience. This accompanying adult will be subject to the same terms and conditions as the identified winner.

13. The winner will be notified by phone within two business days of the draw.

14. If the winner is unable to be contacted within three weeks of the draw, a redraw will occur. In the event that a redraw is required, it will be held by Russell Pastoral Company (Jimbour House) on 25 September 2018 at 2 pm via Facebook live and the redraw winner will be notified using the details provided by the winner when they entered the competition.

Prize on offer

15. The winner and accompanying adult (prizewinners), will receive flights for two people to Wellcamp Airport to a maximum value of $1,000, and departing from the same airport, plus 2 nights accommodation as provided by the Promoter, transport to and from Wellcamp Airport, breakfast, lunch and dinner as arranged by the promoter, a guided tour of Jimbour House, and a bottle of Jimbour Wine to a total value of $3,000. The total maximum number of people is 2 (two) adults. Any change in the value of the prize between the publishing date and the date that the prize is claimed is not the responsibility of the Promoter.

16. The prize is not transferable, exchangeable or redeemable for cash.

17. The prizewinner (s) acknowledges that the prize, or any component of the prize, may be subject to the standard terms and conditions of the individual prize supplier (s) and may be subject to additional terms and conditions imposed by third parties, including but not limited to the dates the travel experience will occur, duration in locations, accommodation options. The promoter does not accept any responsibility and is not liable for any

additional conditions imposed on the taking of the prize by third parties, or for the breach of those conditions by any person. The acceptance of the prize creates a relationship between the prizewinners and the individual prize supplier (s), and the Promoter is not responsible for, and accepts no liability in relation to any loss, damage or claim that may be incurred by

the prizewinner(s) as a result of the prizewinner’s decision to accept the prize.

18. The promoter does not accept any responsibility and is not liable for any additional items incurred by winners outside the prize description, including but not limited to travel to Toowoomba (flight, car, bus), accommodation expenses and food expenses outside the conditions of the prize.

19. In participating in the prize activity, the winner (s) agrees to participate and cooperate as required in all editorials relating to this promotion, including but not limited to being interviewed, video-recorded and photographed. The winner(s) agree to grant the Promoter and its related entities a perpetual, non-exclusive licence to use such audio, footage and/or photographs in any media or other organisation.

20. Winners consent to the Promoter and its related entities using their name, likeness, image and/or voice in the event they are a prizewinner (including photograph, film and/or recording of the same) in any media for an unlimited period without remuneration for the purpose of promoting the promotion (including any outcome), and promoting products manufactured, distributed and/or supplied by the Promoter or its related entities.

Privacy collection statement

21. The Promoter and its related entities collect entrants’ personal information for the purpose of conducting and promoting this competition (including but not limited to determining and notifying winners). The Promoter may disclose personal information collected to an agent/member who is engaged to conduct the competition draw and for prize fulfilment. The Promoter may also disclose personal information collected to Australian regulatory authorities, such as the regulators of trade promotions. You may request access or to update your personal information or lodge a complaint by writing admin@russellpastoral.com.au

Further terms and conditions

22. The Promoter, its related entities, and the directors, officers, management, employees and other staff of the Promoter and its related entities (Promoter’s Agents) and prizewinners will not be liable for any loss or damage or for any personal injury sustained as a result of taking the prize(s) or entering into this competition. The Promoter and the

Promoter’s Agents make no representations or warranties as to the quality, suitability or merchantability or any goods or services offered as prizes. To the extent permitted by law, the Promoter and the Promoter’s Agents are not liable for any loss suffered to person or property by reason of any act or omission, deliberate or negligent, by the Promoter or the Promoter’s Agents, in connection with the arrangement for the supply, or the supply, of goods and services by any person to the prizewinner and to any persons accompanying the prizewinners.

23. The promoter will use its best endeavours to provide the prize as listed. If the prize (or element of the prize), is unavailable, the Promoter, in its absolute discretion, reserves the right to substitute the prize (or that part of the prize) with a prize of equivalent value and/or

specification, subject to any written directions from regulatory authorities.

24. If for any reason this competition is not capable of being conducted by the Promoter as intended, whether because of computer virus, mobile phone failure, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter, which in the Promoter’s opinion affects the administration of the competition, or the security, fairness or integrity of the competition, the Promoter may in its sole discretion, cancel, modify or suspend the competition, subject to regulatory and legal requirements.

25. We reserve the right to change any terms contained in these Terms and Conditions at any time without notice.

26. The Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who the Promoter has reason to believe breached any of these conditions, or engaged in any unlawful or otherwise improper misconduct calculated to jeopardise the fair and proper conduct of the competition. The Promoter’s legal rights to recover damages or other compensation from such an offender are reserved.

27. The laws of Queensland govern the Promoter’s competitions.

2018-07-13T15:16:25+00:00July 13th, 2018|

Big Skies – Highlife Magazine

Big Skies 2018 drew crowds of people to experience the Western Downs like never before.

The event featured a lineup of ticketed and free events that were designed to showcase the region for locals and visitors alike.

Signature events included Big Night Sky: Guided tour of the Galaxy, rock music concert Day on the Plain, Big Skies Hot Air Balloon Spectacular and Food and Fibre.

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2018-05-10T08:50:04+00:00May 10th, 2018|

GALLERY: Thousand pack Jimbour House for rock concert

The Chronicle | 6th May

MONTHS of anticipation and build-up was finalised yesterday with the Day on the Plain at Jimbour House.

Some of the finest rock talent in Australia was on the Western Downs, for a concert described at the largest west of the Great Dividing Range.

While many brought their camp chairs, picnic rugs, sunglasses and hats to relax and enjoy the day, many couldn’t help but stand and dance for hours on end.

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2018-05-08T14:31:49+00:00May 8th, 2018|

Stan’s first feature film shot at Jimbour

Most of the first feature-length film shot by Australian streaming service Stan, to premiere this month, was shot at a mansion on a 177-year-old Queensland cattle station – Jimbour House.

But the two-storey mansion came close to not being the set because the film crew was initially not allowed to stay onsite overnight.The Second will be shown at the Gold Coast Film Festival and includes music from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the first time it has provided music for a film.

Director Mairi Cameron said the movie told the story of two estranged female friends who reunite at an isolated property where they spent teenage summers together.

One woman, played by Rachael Blake, is a successful writer who used her and her friend’s teenage memories to create the storyline for her popular book.

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2018-04-07T15:52:44+00:00April 7th, 2018|

Exploring Jimbour House – Queensland Weekender

Jimbour House lies about 20 minutes north of Dalby.

Back in its glory days, its holding stretched over 120,000 hectares and was home to 200 people and over 300,000 sheep. Today the property is a much more modest 4,500 hectares. It’s still a working station, with about 2000 head of cattle.

The main attraction at Jimbour is its grand homestead and gardens.

The gardens are open every day and visitors can explore them on the ‘Living History Walk’. All that’s needed is a gold coin donation and a brochure which visitors can pick up at the entrance. The walk is self-guided and explores the fascinating history of the station and the families that called it home.

Watch Queensland Weekender every Saturday afternoon at 5.30pm on Channel 7 Queensland. The program is repeated nationally on 7Two the following Saturday at 12.30pm and is available for a limited time on catch-up TV at Plus7. For more information and great stories about the ultimate way to spend a weekend in Queensland please visit www.queenslandweekender.com.au.

2017-11-02T10:20:53+00:00November 2nd, 2017|

Thousands left enchanted by beautiful Opera at Jimbour

THOUSANDS of opera lovers sat under clear skies to enjoy this year’s Opera at Jimbour at the weekend.

The Queensland Music Festival and Opera Queensland again partnered to put on the opera which this year was a semi-staged concert version of Franz Lehar’s famouse The Merry Widow.

“It all went really, really well,” senior project manager Jean Smith said of the outdoor opera in the amphitheatre on the picturesque grounds of the heritage-listed Jimbour House on the Western Downs.

Directed by OperaQ’s Jason Barry-Smith, the opera featured popular tenor David Hobson, soprano Emily Burke with Hayley Sugars and Virgilio Marino.

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2017-07-24T10:33:54+00:00July 24th, 2017|

‘The Second’ films on Western Downs, Jimbour House

‘The Second’: Stan announces first original film with Screen Queensland.

THE SECOND has begun production in south east Queensland this week, and is the first feature film to be developed through a partnership between Stan and Screen Queensland. Due to premiere in cinemas and Stan in 2018, it’s marked as as the first of the Queensland Originals to go into production.

The psychological thriller will film in Western Downs region including at Dalby’s Jimbour House, Jandowae, Lake Broadwater, and in Brisbane.

Starring Rachael Blake, Susie Porter, Vince Colosimo, Martin Sacks and Susan Prior, THE SECOND is about two female friends whose lives entwine in the pages of an elusive second novel.

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2017-06-23T08:01:15+00:00June 23rd, 2017|

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea | Jimbour House

21st May 2017 | Hosted by Dalby Cancer Council | Qld Branch

The Cancer Council is calling on foodies and fundraisers to register for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea in a bid to raise $2.8 million for cancer research and support in Queensland.

Morning Tea available for $10, market stalls, entertainment from South & Central State Schools bands, plus others, Fashion Parade.

Cake stall, & delightful gardens to sit in & enjoy all this | BBQ available for lunch.

10 AM – 2 PM | Jimbour House

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2017-04-03T10:21:05+00:00April 3rd, 2017|