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Working Dog challenges and Carols by Candlelight are some of the events coming up

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Australian working dogs are the unsung heroes on Australian farms but a test of endurance and speed will highlight just what vital members of the team they are.

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Hank and Matt Frankish are one of two Queensland competitors ready for the working dog challenge.

Hank and Matt Frankish are one of two Queensland competitors ready for the working dog challenge.

Working dog challenge

Australian working dogs are the unsung heroes on Australian farms but a test of endurance and speed will highlight just what vital members of the team they are.

Ridley has launched the Cobber Challenge to test eight of Australia’s best working dogs in their natural environment. Dogs from each state will be fitted with a GPS collar and their activity tracked over a three-week period.

The Cobber Challenge started on November 21 and each dog’s data – distance travelled, duration and top speed – will be uploaded daily to www.cobberchallenge.com.au so that people can follow the performance of individual dogs and barrack for their state representatives or favourite dog. This data will be used to select the best of the best, who will be awarded the Cobber Challenge trophy.  

Carols by Candlelight

The holiday season is getting off to a flying start in Longreach on December 1 with Longreach churches, schools and community groups joining together to celebrate the annual Carols by Candlelight event in Edkins Park.

People are urged to bring their rug, chair and best singing voice to one the biggest annual community events in Longreach.

The event will feature market stalls and a barbeque, operating from 6:30pm. The festivities commence at 7pm and feature the Longreach Combined Churches, Longreach Town Band, Longreach School of Dance, Longreach State School and Our Lady’s Choirs and more.

Cape York Peninsula women will gather in Weipa on Friday for a special empowering event funded by the National Rural Women's Coalition.

Cape York Peninsula women will gather in Weipa on Friday for a special empowering event funded by the National Rural Women's Coalition.

Empowering women in the Far North

Women from across Cape York Peninsula are invited to a rural women’s event in Weipa on Friday.

Funded by the National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC), the event is free and is being held at the Weipa Caravan Park from 4pm onwards on Friday.

Convenor Emma Jackson, Wolverton Station, said the workshop would bring together participants to “empower women”.

A three-course dinner will be provided and a wide range of guest speakers, with the main aim for women to walk away feeling inspired and empowered.

There’ll be beauty services on offer while guest speakers will talk on a range of topics.

To register an interest in attending, contact Emma Jackson on 4060 3210 or email emma.nevillejackson@gmail.com

Regenerative agriculture workshop 

Graziers will have the chance to learn the key elements of regenerative agriculture at a two-day workshop at Wambiana Station, near Charters Towers on 7 and 8 December.

Event organiser Peter Arthofer, Regional Landcare Facilitator at NQ Dry Tropics, said the event, funded under the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, is a great opportunity for graziers to learn land planning and property improvement techniques from leading expert Darren Doherty, of Regrarians.

“Darren is widely recognised as a leader and pioneer in the Regenerative Agriculture Movement,” Mr Arthofer said. “He has helped thousands of farmers to adopt practices that promote production and regenerate the land. He will be covering the key elements of the Regrarians Platform, which is based on P.A. Yeoman’s Keyline Scale of Permanence.”

To register for this event, contact NQ Dry Tropics on 4724 3544 or info@nqdrytropics.com.au

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