Arrow has four domestic gas production fields in the Surat Basin and has been a part of the region's history for the last 12 years. It is important to continue to work with and listen to our local community. The Arrow Surat Community Reference Group and the Arrow Intensively Farmed Land Committee enable community representatives to tell us about the Surat communities' changing needs and to raise concerns directly with us.
In 2014, several school and industry groups visited our Dalby Community Information Centre (CIC) to learn more about the CSG industry and Arrow. CIC staff encourage community members to visit the centre to ask questions and receive information on Arrow and its Surat Basin operations.
Brighter Futures investment by focus area
The Brighter Futures program received ongoing community support in 2014 with a steady stream of applications from a range of organisations. The program saw more than $1.7 million invested across 23 projects. In addition, we continued to support local events, assisting communities on a path to a sustainable future. Event highlights include the Dalby Triathlon and the Delicious and DeLIGHTful Festival which have become significant events on the annual Dalby calendar.
Brighter Futures investment by type
Dad's the word at Dalby library
More than 1,200 Dalby families attended the first Dalby Dads Read Day at the unveiling of the new Dalby Library.
The Dalby event, supported by a Brighter Futures community funding grant, is the first major regional event for the Dads Read program which encourages dads to read to their young children.
Research shows 10 minutes a day of reading to children helps strengthen their literacy and cognitive abilities, build self-esteem, social competence and fosters a love of reading.
The State Library of Queensland program was created in 2012 to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of fathers and families reading to their children.
"Arrow's support will help the State Library extend its programs to more regional locations across the Western Downs and by working locally with the community, build on existing literacy programs that target young families and young people."
Queensland Arts Minister, Hon Ian Walker MP (December 2014)
Safe drivers are braking the cycle in Dalby
Arrow's award winning partnership with PCYC Dalby helped 15 disadvantaged young people from the Dalby region earn their driver's licence within its first 12 months of operation.
The program assists young people who do not have regular access to a vehicle to attain their licence through regular driving sessions with a volunteer community mentor.
With a strong foundation in the Dalby community, the program is now delivering over 100 hours of driving tuition a month.
The program complements the partnership's Ignition Program which has been engaging young people in the community through laser skirmish and twice weekly boxing training since 2013.
Ignition assists young people to lead a healthy and active lifestyle while maintaining a positive relationship with local police.
"Braking the cycle is all about helping those young people who need assistance to achieve 100 log book hours of supervised driving towards their drivers' licences. The roads around here are very busy, so we need to make sure vulnerable new drivers get the best possible training."
Dalby PCYC Branch Manager, Sergeant Mick Hughes
Dalby kids spring into school holidays
Twenty-five children with disabilities in the Dalby area enjoyed fun and challenging activities throughout the spring school holidays, thanks to our partnership with the Endeavour Foundation.
The School Holiday Activity program gave young people with disabilities the opportunity to get involved in fun activities, make new friends, and develop independence in a safe and supported environment.
The program provided lots of exciting activities including cooking programs, special excursions to the Cobb+Co Museum and the Australian Army Flying Museum in Oakey, laser skirmish at the PCYC and ball games in the park.
"The partnership with Arrow means that families can take a break at minimal cost, and we are proud to be in partnership with such a generous organisation."
Endeavour Foundation's Support and Operations Manager for the region, Madonna Nielsen
Two day delight draws 4,000 Dalby locals
More than 4,000 people joined the festivities at Dalby's annual two-day Delicious and DeLIGHTful festival this year, delivered by the Dalby Welcoming Community Committee (an initiative of the Dalby Chamber of Commerce).
The focus of the festival is about celebrating the growing diversity of the Dalby community, showcased through food and entertainment.
This year new elements at the festival included a citizenship ceremony where 27 people became Australian citizens, a busking competition, roving entertainment and a laser light show. The highlight was the annual lantern parade with more than 400 community members taking part.
The festivities continued across the weekend with the launch of the Song of Surat CD – a collection of songs from budding Surat Basin musicians.
Over 300 people turned out for a Sunday brunch to enjoy performances from musicians featured on the CD including performers from as far as Roma and Wandoan.