Miles warmly welcomes you to town
IT WAS grey and drizzly outside but that didn't stop Miles locals from turning up to the Bowls Club last Wednesday evening.
Inside was warm and humming with conversation as locals gathered to welcome new residents and hear the detail's of Origin Energy's latest projects.
The Miles Welcomes You event was a innovative partnership between the Miles Chamber of Commerce and Origin Energy.
Chamber member Kylie Bourne said it was all about trying to find a new way to deliver information sessions to the community, rather than standard drop-ins which people can struggle to attend.
For Mrs Bourne, the idea worked like a charm.
"I think tonight's a good testament, a great mix of people and it's really keeping it informal too so it's not a corporate feel. It's casual, informal, people can come and ask questions,” Mrs Bourne said.
Only halfway through the night about 50 people had passed through the doors, soaking up the atmosphere and munching down some delicious nibblies.
Chamber president Rachel Kerwick was also impressed with the turnout, citing a "good mix” of long-term local residents and some that were brand new to the community.
"So I really like the mix of people we've got, so hopefully when we have another one of these events they'll say well it was a great night and more people will engage,” Mrs Kerwick said.
"It's really all about trying to build that community connection which has been lacking.”
As for the latest on Origin works in the region, Access Lead Glen Fields said there was plenty to discuss.
Mr Fields said members of the exploration and new ventures team were busy discussing an extensive seismic survey planned for the Dalwogan tenement (north of Miles) and through the Condabri fields (south of Miles).
Origin also plan to target gas that lies about 2.2km beneath the surface through Condabri deep wells.
"We're hopeful that will bring us a bit of new gas to put into the system,” Mr Fields said.
In June Origin plan to start the Condabri North well development, while mid-year will should also bring construction of the Talinga Orana gas gathering station between Chinchilla and Miles.
Mr Fields said the wells feeding into that station will probably be drilled in January 2020.
Origin's procurement team also attended the event, as Mr Fields said, "for local businesspeople to have access to someone who's clued into that, so they can explore whatever opportunities are coming up.”
Summarising the night, Mrs Bourne said there was lots to look forward to.
"There's a lot going on, and for us as a Miles community, we're buoyed by that activity and already seeing a little bit of movement around town again and that's really positive,” Mrs Bourne said.