Cloncurry takes friendly gong
Cloncurry has officially been named the friendliest town in Queensland, for the second time.
Environmental group Keep Queensland Beautiful gave Cloncurry the honour in its latest Tidy Towns competition.
Cloncurry Shire Council media officer Luke Chaplain says there are some key reasons Cloncurry is the state’s friendliest jurisdiction.
“Obviously the people,” Mr Chaplain says.
“Whether it’s a sporting event or a bit of a crisis, we all come together and chip in.
One good example came recently when people from all over the community joined the successful search for a missing hiker.
“Even the mustering helicopters joined,” Mr Chaplain said.
He also thinks the local visual landscape improves people’s outlook.
“Mountains, desert, rocks, but also dams, waters and bushlands - it all adds up to the town’s liveability,” Mr Chaplain said.
A strong local economy helps too.
“We’re thriving economically,” the council rep said.
“Innovations in copper and gold mining have brought new opportunities to the region, and mining companies invest big in parks, buildings and other parts of the council.”
Plans for a new dam that might bring irrigated agriculture to the traditionally boiling part of Queensland has locals excited too.
“No one would have ever thought that we’d be growing crops out here, but we’re close to making it happen,” Mr Chaplain said.
Additionally, specific residents make the town what it is.
“I think [Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Manager] Gail Wikapi is a big part of why we won the award,” Mr Chaplain said.
“Her endless work for the Cloncurry Historical Society and Cloncurry Unearthed make a big difference every year.”
Mayor Greg Campbell said Cloncurry was proud of the award, which he says reinforces the view that Cloncurry is not only “the friendly heart of the North West Queensland” but also the friendliest town in the State.