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  Maryborough Mayor Barbara Hovard, and Minister for
  Trade the Hon. Warren Truss MP showed great support

There’s no better way to celebrate than with a party, and on the eve of Rex’s entry to Queensland, we invited the whole of Maryborough along.

Joining forces with the Maryborough City Council, Rex flew one of its renowned Family Open Days to Maryborough on 29 September 2007, to provide a fun day out for the local community and show what we’re all about by raising $3,600 for the Maryborough Branch of the Queensland Cancer Council.

A plane load of Rex staff touched down in beautiful Maryborough to kick off festivities at 10.00am. The Rex scenic flights with our Saab 340 were a big hit as usual and many first time flyers had a wonderful time not only experiencing the exhilaration of flight but also a unique bird’s eye view of the area where they live.

Mary Poppins and Admiral Boom along with his canon made a special appearance, while belly dancers and other local live performances kept the crowd entertained. The local Aero Club cooked up a storm and of course the kids enjoyed a merry-go-round, jumping castle, face painting, free helium balloons and a colouring-in competition.

A big thank you goes out to the Maryborough City Council, De Bortoli Wines, the Maryborough Aero Club, Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane and of course all the Rex staff who volunteered on the day.

  It was a family affair with Rex Ambassador Max Kingston and his granddaughter Maddie (Left), as well as
  Rex Managing Director Geoff Breust, taking part with his wife Ros, and son James (Right)

  Maryborough’s own Mary Poppins can now
  fly Rex instead
   ‘Fire up the canon’ said Admiral Boom

  In days to come, a teary and very thankful
  Patricia Kamerick, President of the Maryborough
  Branch of the Queensland Cancer Council,
  accepted a cheque from Rex Managing Director
  Geoff Breust for the amount of funds raised
  on the day
   The friendly faces of Rex in Maryborough

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TAREE OPEN DAY (April 2007)

  Tamara posing with the Taree Rescue Squad
‘Rex the Sexy’ or ‘Rex the Flying Cigar’ are some of the common names that Rex goes by in Taree. Some locals also call Rex ‘The Fun Airline’.

Rex Open Day at Taree, which went from 10am to 4pm, was a great success despite the day looking as though it would be a wash out in the early hours. The day went very well and the weather looked up by midday. The official opening was officiated by Deputy Mayor Wendy McHugh, who stood in for Eddie Loftus, Mayor of Taree, who was unfortunately called away at last minute.

All three scenic flights of the city and the surrounding areas were sold out and these flights were one of the main attractions of the event. The Aircraft Inspection too was very successful and accommodated about 100 visitors, including some who had never boarded an aircraft before!

There was plenty to do on the ground too, namely the market stalls and the BBQ sizzle, organised by Taree Rotary Club, along with the entertainment provided by some local musical talent. The kids were occupied with free helium balloons, a jumping castle and face painting, which were all very successful.

  Yah Wen painting a preety face   Louise, Romy and Ellis selling the corporate

Taree Volunteer Rescue Association put on a great display – they cut open a car to show how they remove the injured and deceased from car wrecks.

It was a fantastic day and $3,320 was raised, along with the sales from corporate merchandise totaling $462.65, which will be donated to the Taree Volunteer Rescue Association. The Taree Volunteer Rescue Association will use most of the funds raised to purchase vital equipment used in its rescue missions.

We would also like to thank sponsors and supporters of the Open Day including Shell Aviation, De Bortoli, Greater Taree City Rotary Club, the Market Stalls, the Greater Taree City Band, Carmen’s School of Dance, the Taree Christian Community School Choir and the Taree Volunteer Rescue Association for taking part in the event.

  One of the many popular stalls on the day   Centre stage for the performers

Many thanks to all the staff who attended and worked through the day – staff attended from Wagga, Parkes and Sydney.

WAGGA WAGGA OPEN DAY (September 2006)

Jumpin' Jackflash, it was a
huge castle!
Geoff presents Kay
with a memento
Call of the wild!
A big contingent from SA!

Rex held the first open day of 2006 in the place of many crows, more popularly known as Wagga Wagga. Home to more than 100 Rex staff from Finance, Engineering, Airports, Network Strategy and Staff Travel, Wagga Wagga Airport
transformed into country fair for local charity Sunflower House on a sunny Saturday 23 September.

It was a beautiful spring day when staff & family from across the three companies of the Rex Group in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Dubbo and Orange descended on Rex’s country home town of Wagga Wagga to host a huge Family Open Day which went from 10am to 4pm. Gusty winds on the day before the Open Day could not blow away the ever-strong team spirit present in Wagga as volunteers from various departments pulled together to put up the marquees and prepare for a very busy Saturday.

The three Rex scenic flights of the city and surrounding areas were a main attraction, along with helicopter rides from the Wagga Wagga Air Centre, but there was plenty to do and see on the ground as well. The hanger was opened and we saw first hand how our planes are maintained from the engineering sideof things. Having an aircraft from each of the operating entities on display attracted much interest – Saab, Learjet and B1900.

We enjoyed music and entertainment from three local school bands as well as pony rides, a jumping castle & bucking bull and face painting. Rotary put on a BBQ and the famous Farmers Markets had nearly 20 stalls showcasing a fantastic range of food and hand made items from the Riverina area as well as live crosses to local station 2WG Radio.

It was a fantastic day had by all and $7,000 raised will be donated to Sunflower House which is a facility to support people who are suffering from mental illness – a very worthy cause. Geoff Breust also presented certificates of appreciation to the Mayor, Kay Hull and Daryl McGuire for their continued support of Rex in Riverina. Many thanks to all those who helped out and especially Sara-Jane Uden who pulled it all together!

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BURNIE OPEN DAY (March 2005)




All photos courtesy of David Morell.


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