BE A BULLDOG: Playing sport is a great way to become apart of the community according to our readers. Just ask Archie Hart and Cooper Zerk.
BE A BULLDOG: Playing sport is a great way to become apart of the community according to our readers. Just ask Archie Hart and Cooper Zerk. Julia Baker


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.

Rachael Jacobsen

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.

Nikiha Davies

Were you born at the Chinchilla Hospital?
Were you born at the Chinchilla Hospital?

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.

Len Lawton

When you played junior rugby league at the recreation grounds and collected empty soft drink bottles to swap for Minties.

Danny Tomkinson

You're a true local when it means you must beat Dalby in any sporting contest.

Paul Donnelly

3. Remembering previous town events

When you know what Canaga Cow Cockies Carnival was!

Shirreen Widdon-Morgan

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.

Peter Saxelby

The Chinchilla Weir is a town favourite.
The Chinchilla Weir is a town favourite. Brooke Duncan

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.

Judy Bell

Burncluth dances and splinters from sliding along the floor learning how to do the Pride of Erin, ahhh the good old days.

Debbie Heselwood

Chips and gravy in fullers place was your Friday arvo staple.

Katrina Weatherill

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.

Len Lawton

When you remember that in Grade 8 geography visits to local manufacturers were to the butter factory and the sawmill.

Jenny Sturgess

5. Everyone knows you

When you call into the RSL after being away for 15 years and someone says, "You been on holidays?”

Scott Sturgess

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”.

Nathan Lloyd

You know you're a local when people ask why you aren't at work when they see you around town.

Gary Hughes

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.

Michael Holt

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.

Emma Richters

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.

Anne-Marie Wright

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.

Wendy Hunt

Annie's shoe store, the corner store that then became the video shop, Mikes movie shop.

Cassie Hayman

There's been many shops on Heeney St.
There's been many shops on Heeney St. Brooke Duncan

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 I do not know old Jack such n such.

Tammie Feldhahn

You know your local when someone posts a letter with your surname and your town only and it ends up in your mail box.

Rick Britton

When you give directions based on where people live, not street names.

Michael Holt

You know you're a local when your last name is also a street name in Chinchilla.

Vicki Bock

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.

Donna Reading

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.

Alan Jamison

You know you're a local when you know to go down town every Thursday for the Chinchilla Newspaper!

Sally Ainsworth

Weather didn't dampen street party joy

Weather didn't dampen street party joy

This year's Christmas street party went off, despite a bit of rain.

Miles celebrates Christmas at carnival

Miles celebrates Christmas at carnival

Rain didn't dampen the spirit at Miles' Christmas Street Carnival.

Students make a splash

Students make a splash

School spirit on show at swimming carnival.

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