In August of this year, four students from the University of Queensland School of Journalism and Communication were selected to join a team of photography students from Griffith University Queensland College of Art in a cross-institutional project to document the people and places of Queensland towns.
Meet Janelle, a contestant in this year’s Rodeo Queen contest in Moranbah. From town-to-town, contestants compete, to determine the winner for the region each year. The competition is judged on presentation, personality, and horsemanship skills – a rodeo queen must have it all. From hoof-picks and hairspray, to saddle-bling and boots, watch as we follow Janelle preparing her horses and herself to compete for the title of Moranbah Rodeo Queen, 2013.
Twenty years ago, farmers living either side of Goombi Fairymeadow Road, west of Chinchilla, lived on land prosperous enough to fatten their herds of sheep and cattle. Today, the same dry, hot landscapes are wrought with coal seam gas wells. This mini-documentary tracks changes in the lives of two Goombi Fairymeadow farmers as they cope with the advent of coal seam gas mining. Ian is sick of the legal and financial hubbub in negotiations with gas mining conglomerates, and Gail worries for the future of her and her neighbours.
Lyndalee grew up in Dalby at a time when the Anglican Church was institutionalised and her own homosexuality seemed verboten. The town’s inherent homophobia drove her to Rockhampton, Townsville and remote areas in the Northern Territory. When she returned to Dalby decades later, Lyndalee was met with a different town altogether. This is the story of her experiences with the once-homophobic town and its transformation over the past several decades.
Raisin toast and a cup of hot tea are the perfect breakfast for someone who’s 103.
Born on the 10th May 1910, Ivy Chant has lived in Dalby for 80 years. She’s watched the town grow from a little country community into a bustling hive of activity. As she says, “they’re doing things here that they didn’t do before.” This short film aspires to illustrate that change, documenting the subsequent changes to Ivy’s daily routine. In doing so, it offers a unique perspective on Dalby, one that will hopefully leave viewers feeling appreciative and inspired by the rarity of life.