WE PUT the call out on our Facebook this week for submissions about what our readers think makes you a true local to the region.
Is it the inside knowledge strictly reserved for those who were born and raised here?
Or is it the community spirit that runs thick in your veins?
Some believe it only takes 10 years to earn your 'local' badge of honour, while others are adamant you need to trace three generations of family heritage to the area.
Here are some indications you might qualify.
1. Generations have lived in town
Was told the other day that you're only a local once you have three generations in the cemetery.
Chinchilla Hospital does it for me.
Both of my kids were born in the same birth suite as me.
Their grandparents minus one were all born there, as well as aunts, uncles, cousins and even great grand parents.
And the night my little girl was born my sister was on night duty as a nurse.
2. Sports are a must
A very active tennis club. We used to have to play at courts in and outside of town. Warra, Brigalow, Haystack, Hopeland, courts at the schools and town courts.
When you played junior rugby league at the recreation grounds and collected empty soft drink bottles to swap for Minties.
You're a true local when it means you must beat Dalby in any sporting contest.
3. Remembering previous town events
When you know what Canaga Cow Cockies Carnival was!
The Lions Aquatic carnival out at the weir with the rubber duck comp and they wouldn't move down the river LOL.
Back in about '89 or '90, Lions had an aquatic festival out at the weir with I think trick skiers from Sea World and part of the event was people bought a numbered toy yellow rubber duck that was put in the river water and the first one passed a certain spot won a big prize. Ducks didn't want to move LOL.
Can't remember what happened or how they got them moving.
4. Fond memories of growing up here
Mr Wheeler used to bring the fresh milk around. You went out with your billy to be filled.
Burncluth dances and splinters from sliding along the floor learning how to do the Pride of Erin, ahhh the good old days.
Chips and gravy in fullers place was your Friday arvo staple.
When entering the overhead bridge near Ainsworth's and exiting near the Club Hotel or vice versa! Walked over the rickety walk bridge, bought something from Melegon's Cafe! Watched Crocodile Dundee at the drive-in! Went to a movie at the Star Theatre!
Remember Allan's Drapery as two shops male and female. Jones' Drapery where Brown's Carpets are! The old scales in front of the post office!
Gordon's Butchery in Mayne St. Getting butcher paper from there to cover our school books.
When you remember that in Grade 8 geography visits to local manufacturers were to the butter factory and the sawmill.
5. Everyone knows you
When you call into the RSL after being away for 15 years and someone says, "You been on holidays?”
You know you're a local, and you've been away for certain time, and can't get 2 metres without bumping into somebody and saying: "G'day”.
You know you're a local when people ask why you aren't at work when they see you around town.
Going into town or a shop and everyone knows your name.
Ally Margaret Hawton
6. Know all of the shops past and present
Remember IGA down Heeney St, fruit shop on Heeney St, old cinema on Bell St, brown furniture shop where Max Fitness is. Slingers. Old soft drink depot now BP built on it.
Old Telstra building on Park St. Old burnt bridge, cladder bridge.
Shellie Lawrence Walker
When you call Foodworks Slingers, know who owned the cordial factory and where it was, have ever been to Ticklebelly Flats, had a milkshake at Cadzow's, played for RSL Cricket Club or driven all the way from one end of Colamba St to the other.
When you go to Slingers', Critches', Walsh's or West's and know what type of shop they all are from their owners names and not the business.
You can remember the co-op store in the old butter factory, when the dentist was upstairs in the Dorney Building, Frames Bushmans Store, when Dorney's Cake Shop was in the Dorney Building.
When Mr Kitchener ran the pool. Roxys coffee shop was in the old cinema building. Cash n carry before foodstore/IGA in Heeney Street. Marching against St Joseph school.
Annie's shoe store, the corner store that then became the video shop, Mikes movie shop.
7. Know where everyone lives
I find older people often say to me "you know ol' Jack such n such's old place? Yeah they bought that one.” Meanwhile I'm staring blankly....no I do not know old Jack such n such.
You know your local when someone posts a letter with your surname and your town only and it ends up in your mail box.
When you give directions based on where people live, not street names.
You know you're a local when your last name is also a street name in Chinchilla.
8. Support the community
Honestly anyone can be a local, whether you have lived here your whole life or just a few weeks. It's all about how well you interact with the community.
When you embrace Chinchilla, it embraces you. When you volunteer your time, buy locally instead of online, get to know your neighbours, say hi and smile to people when you're down town or join a sports team. It's the little things that all add up to that feeling of being a 'local' and being considered a local by others. Get involved.
When you give up your time to help the Volunteer organisation and take an active role in your little community for as long as you are needed.
You know you're a local when you know to go down town every Thursday for the Chinchilla Newspaper!
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