The Scenic Gem of the Southern Downs

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Congratulations Killarney

Nov 1, 2017

The following message has just been received from Ben Drewe (Southern Downs Regional Council)


Congratulations on winning the Club, Sport or Organization category in the John Dee 2017 Warwick Rodeo Street Parade. We thought with floats back at Queens Park following the parade and participants possibly already left by the time the judges had finalized the winners that we would have a presentation this week. We have organized the presentation for 3.30pm Friday, November 3 at Warwick Town Hall, 72 Palmerin Street. Please accept this invitation to the presentation so you can collect your trophy and prize money.

Photos courtesy of Facebook!

Big thanks Goes to Paul and Blake Graham, Teal Stumkat and Kylie Stumkat and Tony Pearson (photos and facebook) for helping make the Killarney float a success.

Killarney Bonfire Night

Jul 20, 2017

Unique Fire Drums heat up the night at Killarney Bonfire Night.

This year’s Bonfire Night will be held on Saturday 22 July, 2017.

In 2010, Killarney Bonfire Night began and no one knew what a Fire Drum was… I think we started a trend…

Help us heat this place up! You are invited to Killarney’s Winter Party with creative fire drums, live fire performance by Energy Entertainments, country rock music by Studio Two, fireworks, a multi-draw raffle and, of course, a giant bonfire.

Keep warm with food including pizza, hot dogs, steak burgers, hot chips, lasagna, hot roast rolls, and garlic potatoes. For those with adult tastes, a can bar and traditional mulled wine will be offered.

Celebrate Jumpers & Jazz in July and raise money for Killarney Memorial Aged Care.

Killarney Bonfire Night is supported by Killarney Memorial Aged Care Auxilliary, Killarney Lions Club, Killarney Rural Fire Brigade, Killarney Polocrosse Club and Killarney Rec Club.

Killarney Bonfire Night

Killarney Picnic Day

Apr 5, 2017

Killarney Picnic Day

Sunday at 10 AM - 4 PM
12–24° Partly Cloudy
Melrose Station, Killarney

Picnic on the lawns on Melrose Station. A fun, family day to experience the natural beauty of Killarney and the surrounding region while enjoying wonderful local produce.

In keeping with the picnic basket theme, gourmet picnic baskets featuring local goodies will be raffled. Kite making and flying will add to the idyllic scene of the day. “After such a fantastic day last year, we hope to welcome more people from Killarney and across the Southern Downs Region, as well as further afield, to this year’s Killarney Picnic Basket Day.

For more information contact 0437 109 912

It's Killarney Show Time

Feb 10, 2017

2017 Killarney Show


You are All Invited . . . Killarney waits with baited breath this year because there has been so much work done in the old show grounds and the new pavilion is abuzz with activity – blokes and welders and machines, trucks, utes and bobcats . . . Ladies in the street are asking “Will it be finished in time for the 105th Annual Show ???? “

But yes, the Pavilion will be finished to a stage where it will definitely be in working order for the show. More improvements to follow. The old Supper Room, though not quite finished is in its new locations and will be a great place to pick up some food and refreshments while you are at the Marquee. The big old hall with the sprung dance floor is now the Killarney Pony Club HQ. and sits rather grandly to the East on new steel stumps and will oversee the show from its new location.

Key Players in the re-development of the show grounds and the ongoing maintenance of the property are loveable locals Ross (Scrubber) Hamilton and Mal Smith.There’s not a day go by that these two stalwarts are not to be seen out there in the field and man oh man, Ross is putting in some long, hot days in these last weeks leading up to the show and getting the new Pavilion into working order by the due date.

Ross is an old cattle man from way back and also one of the breeders of the “show biz” bulls appearing at the Show and at the Killarney Rodeo in August each year. Mal too is a cattle man but perhaps better known for his potatoes grown in the rich soil of the highlands up behind Killarney.

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Opening and Closing Doors

Nov 30, 2016

When one door closes — another is sure to open

Killarney Aerial View

Copy of Article in AgAlert written by Colin Jackson

CLOSE TO A CENTURY ago the small community of Killarney boasted a dairy co-operative that was the mainstay of the fertile agricultural area south of Warwick on the Queensland/New South Wales border.

Then came a family-owned abattoir that was into its third generation before it was sold. The new owners closed it over time, and 100 local meatworkers were suddenly out of a job.

The historical museum features a sculpture by local artist, Paul Stumkat, of a bullock team that tells another story of when the timber industry also provided an economic stimulus to the area.

So, what does a community do when it has lost its major industries and can see little on the economic horizon?

Killarney’s greatest attribute is that it is situated in a picturesque valley with some major tourist attractions — but is also ‘off the beaten track’, and tourists don’t take the time to investigate further.

It’s not a big town — it has a population of less than 1,000.

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