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Rex Supports VSS

Victim Support Service (VSS) has a long history of advocating for the rights and the service delivery of victims of crime in rural South Australia. In 2001-2002 five regional offices were established in Mount Gambier, Port Lincoln, Berri, Port Pirie and Port Augusta. A further two offices were established in Whyalla and Murray Bridge in 2004. These offices are funded by the Attorney-General’s Department (Victims of Crime Levy).

The success of our country services are in part due to the extensive partnerships and collaborative working relationships with a broad range of service providers and community groups.

In 2011 VSS approached Rex for support in delivering these services. Rex is an iconic brand in regional South Australia and VSS was also attracted by our tagline ‘Our Heart is in the Country’, for in many ways, the services that are provided at VSS are about the recovery and repair of people’s hearts and minds.

Rex was happy to come on board and provided VSS with a generous travel voucher. VSS will use these funds to further develop the services offered throughout the country and thank Rex for this wonderful initiative.

  Rex State Manager (SA, VIC & TAS) Sandi Watkins and the VSS regional staff

Townsville Fun Flight

On Sunday 13 November 2011, Townsville hosted FunFlight, a not-for-profit volunteer organisation that offers children and teenagers touched by a life changing illness or other adversity, together with their families or carers, a day of aviation based entertainment.

Rex provided a SAAB for the children to explore and judging by their faces they were suitably impressed. Special thanks to Ben Hansen (Pel-Air pilot), Erica Kuskopf (Rex FA) and Scott Robson (Rex GSO) for volunteering their time for this cause.

Ben had the flight deck all set up and set off a few alarms to the kid’s delight. Erica served savoury snacks to those in the cabin. The organisers were very pleased with the turnout and will be looking to organise the same event in 2012.

  Some heavy lifting in progress   Rex pilot in the making

The Fully Sick! Exhibition

he Fully Sick! Exhibition (8 April to 15 May 2011) was a private collection of over 180 airline sick bags. Held at the Musuem of the Riverina (Wagga Wagga), this exhibition was organised by the Wagga Wagga City Council.

The exhibition includes a kid’s activity corner called PLAY DESIGN READ – this space covers the theme of aviation and airlines for kids to indulge in. Rex provided various items ranging from catering items to uniforms for this corner.


Queensland and Victoria have recently been hit by devastating floods that affected many regional communities that are close to the heart of Rex. In true Aussie spirit, morning teas fundraisers as well as staff and passenger collections have been held around the Rex Group network.

With the conclusion of all fundraising efforts, Rex is proud to have raised a total of $23,334. Of the funds raised, $12,957 has been contributed to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal (for Queensland floods) and $10,377 has been contributed to the Red Cross Victorian Flood Appeal 2011.

A pat on the back to all who have had the generosity of heart to help out our fellow Aussies.



  Sydney Crew Room Fundraiser - Generous hearts in abundance – crew and ground staff


  Rex Administration Officer and Country Hope Volunteer Kylie
  Malaquin presents Country Hope Chairman John Studdert
  with a cheque for $1,200. Saab
Every year a fundraising raffle is held at the Rex Christmas Party and this year Rex Management kindly match all monies raised.

Country Hope is an organisation in the Riverina which provides family support to country children diagnosed with cancer and other life threatening illnesses. Recognising that these illnesses place incredible stress on the family, Country Hope is dedicated to developing support programs and services that address the needs of the entire family.

The 2010 Christmas party and the dollar-for-dollar matching raised $1,200 in total.


Students from Gundagai Primary School ranging from Year 1 till 3 recently visited Wagga Wagga airport to check out Rex. They had a field day in the hangar and getting up close to the aircraft was a highlight for them all. They also had a chance to check out the brand new Piper training aircraft in the Australian Airline Pilot Academy hangar.

  Excited kids boarding the Rex Saab


The October Moon Festival was held at the Mary MacKillop House in Richmond, QLD. Aimed to raise funds to continue music lessons in Richmond, this festival was the brainchild of some passionate locals who started teaching music in Richmond three years ago as there was no such program in Richmond.

Rex provided two return flights which were used as a lucky draw prize, adding more excitement to the day of the winner, a girl from Hughenden. 



In July this year, Corowa Public School had an exciting excursion visiting the Wagga Wagga Airport.

There were 118 students – Kindergarten to Year 2. For some, it was their first time to an airport.

Wagga's Customer Service Co-ordinator Kaylene Price had everything under control with students split into 4 groups taking turns of either walking around the hangar, spending some time in a Rex aircraft, visiting check-in or taking a break while observing the general airport.

All students had a fun time learning about what goes on at the airport everyday, how an aircraft operates and Rex in general.

  Learning about engineering   Watching the tarmac while taking a break


  Lismore Workers Captain Anthony Alvos and Goonellabah
  Hornets Captain Paul Pomroy with the Corey New Cup
The Corey New Cup was first initiated by then Club President of Lismore Workers, Brian Sharkey – in memory of Corey New who passed away unexpectedly in a car crash on 22 October, 2006. This annual event is strongly supported by the local community, with former Socceroo and Lismore local Craig Foster making an appearance again this year, as he had for the past four years. Craig Foster attended Kadina High, the same High School that Corey had attended.

Corey had played Football (Soccer) for both Lismore Workers FC and Goonellabah Hornets. Craig Foster had played for the Hornets in his younger days.

Rex generously supported this event by providing flights for Craig Foster from Sydney to Lismore.

For this year's game, the weeks leading up to the cup were very wet with rain, so the day before the game, the groundsman advised that the game had to be played on the "top" field as the main field was too wet. The Cup was won by the Goonellabah Hornets against Lismore Workers and the New family donated all the funds raised back to the juniors of both the clubs.


  Chrislyn Hamilton disembarking the
  Rex plane to bring some cheer to
  the community
A special charity fundraising event at the SS&A Club Albury was organized back in December 2009 for the victims affected by Gerogery bushfires. Chrislyn Hamilton, 2008 Australian Idol finalist was the highlight of the event. Rex kindly supplied return flights for Chrislyn for this worthy cause, giving the children of the community some cheer in the bleak situation.


  Kylie with Country Hope Chairman John
  Studdert and one of the Country Hope
  families in the Riverina – Jayden, Sophia
  and Corey
Rex Wagga Wagga Administration Officer Kylie Malaquin is a passionate volunteer for Country Hope.

One of the many ways Country Hope help the Families is by arranging a camp for all the sick children and their siblings, going away to different destinations for a week to try and enjoy life a bit better and give the parents a much needed break. Kylie is a "carer" at camp for a young girl named Sophia.

Wagga Wagga Staff managed to raise $1,200 at their Christmas Party which was kindly matched by Rex Management. Kylie recently presented Country Hope with a cheque for $2,400, which was gratefully received by Country Hope Chairman John Studdert.


  Great support from many
Cootharinga is a quality service provider who has been supporting people with disabilities in North Queensland for over 56 years. The 2009 Charity Race Day, was held on 24 October 2009, Tatts Cox Plate Day. As a newcomer to Townsville, Rex was privileged to support the fundraising event. Pel-Air crew Captain Mirko Beric and Flight Attendant Justine McGowan attended the event all dressed up. The event was very successful with more than 300 people turning up in support.

MORUYA JAZZ FESTIVAL (from the Moruya Jazz Newsletter)

What a weekend it was in Moruya. Jazz enthusiasts were promised a bigger and better festival than ever and the festival organisers certainly delivered. The crowds were definitely back as every venue was filled to capacity. There was so much to choose from that many fans were torn between old favourites and new experiences.

Those lining the streets on Saturday morning voted the parade the best ever, with special mention of the innovative hospital float. At the traditional Picnic in the Park, locals and jazz patrons were treated to very professional performances from up and coming jazz musicians from local and ACT schools.

  Moruya City Mayor Fergus Thomson, President of Moruya
  Jazz Festival Roger Bayley & Rex Ambassador Max Kingston
  leading the parade
The inaugural Festival of Voice, drew unbelievable crowds with not even standing room left. The unlucky ones had to make do with peering around doors and through gaps, which they were more than happy to do, just to hear the brilliant rendition from The Glorious MUDsingers who opened the show.

Standing ovation followed standing ovation for the visually resplendent Royal Military College All Stars who gave a magnificent performance at the Golf Club where it was standing-room only in the auditorium.

Christine Moy (from Queanbeyan) and Suzanne Price (from Moruya) each won two return tickets anywhere in the Rex Network (the second set of tickets being a surprise inclusion on the night). Rex Ambassador Max Kingston was on hand to present the lucky winners their prize.

Profits from the festival this year will be donated to the Moruya District Hospital Auxilary.


  Uati packing up the container with generous
  donations from colleagues and friends.
The Samoan community was hit very badly when a tsunami reached their shores in the last week of September 2009.

Amongst all the casualties, one family lost 21 immediate family members. Unfortunately, that was the family of our very own Sydney ramp staff, Uati Toafa.

In assistance and support of Uati and his family during their time of need, the Sydney ramp staff arranged for a 20ft container to be prepared for shipment back to Samoa and Rex paid for all the shipping costs. The entire Rex group was then activated and urged to donate essential items such as clothing, non-perishable tinned food, bottled water etc. for the container to be shipped to the survivors of Uati's family.

  The 20ft container
True to the Rex spirit, items were swiftly brought to the various collection points and delivered to the Sydney stores. In addition, the Sydney airport staff pooled some cash and went shopping for practical items. From there, a team led by Sydney Ramp Manager, Noel Pittman delivered and loaded all collections onto the container which was located 50km out of Sydney at Uati's house.

Meanwhile, Uati and his family went back to Samoa and were extremely heartbroken at the devastation. However, when he came back to Sydney and saw what the Rex family had done for them, he was extremely touched. He expressed much gratitude to the entire Rex family and thanked all for having such a profound effect on where the future of his family and fellow Samoans lie.



In September 2009, King Island had a new export - a lost and endangered Loggerhead Turtle.

  The loggerhead turtle
Loggerheads are tropical turtles not usually seen south of Brisbane, so when this particular turtle was found on Porky Beach (west coast of King Island), it was thought that she was dead. However, she was a tough one and still alive, although fighting a slight infection (ascertained after tests done by a local vet). Turtles travel on the highway of the sea, the East Australian Current which moves warm water down the east coast of Australia. It seemed that the turtle missed her stop and kept travelling south, getting slower as she got colder and less able to make her way back home.

  Ranger Shelley Davison & Captain Michael Reidy in front of
  the turtle's transport of choice – the Rex SAAB
Preparations were made to transport the turtle to the Melbourne Aquarium, where she could be rehabilitated before being sent home to the tropics. Rex came to the rescue and allowed this passenger on board free of charge. As she was 1.5m long, a special crate had to be constructed to transport her in. Rex pilot Captain Michael Reidy welcomed the turtle into the baggage hold of the SAAB and assured her of a smooth 55 minute trip to Melbourne Airport.

When she reached Melbourne Airport, the Rex Melbourne staff had to put out a call through the PA system to alert the representatives of the Melbourne Aquarium of her arrival. A very unusual "Can the representatives from Melbourne Aquarium here to pick up the turtle on the Rex flight please proceed to the Rex check-in counter" call was put through, bringing about curious looks.

Rex is pleased to have the opportunity to play a role in the rehabilitation of the turtle, ensuring her survival after such a horrendous experience.

Photos courtesy of King Island Courier



  Workshop in progress
Rex recently sponsored return airfares to Mildura for Taralye representatives to present a workshop to a group of local professionals working with young deaf children.

Taralye is a non-profit organisation which supports deaf children (0-6 years) and their families. The workshop was very well received and will go a long way in bringing the work of Taralye into the rural and regional areas of Victoria.



  Rex Orange Call Centre Manager Grace Pereira
  with some of the Dragon Abreast dragon-boaters
Rex recently provided 2 return flights from Sydney to Orange as a major prize for a fund-raising raffle organized by Dragons Abreast Orange members, to raise awareness of breast cancer, the need for early detection and to offer hope to those diagnosed with cancer. Dragons Abreast differs from other Cancer support grounds in that they are the only ones that race Dragon Boats.



  L-R – Judges: Katie Richardson, Pauline McFetridge,
  June Dally-Watkins, Debbie Campbell,
  Gary Johnson (photographer)
Rex recently sponsored business woman June Dally-Watkins OAM and Katie Richardson (Miss World Australia) to attend the Multi Country Fashion Beauty Pageant in Bathurst where they were judges.

The competition offers opportunities to young women living in country and regional area to access self development skills.



  Kylie Malaquin with Country Hope
  Directors Mark Logan & Anthony Paul
Country Hope is a country-based family support organisation for families that have children diagnosed with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Country Hope provides a large range of support services that includes special camps for the kids so that they can simply have some fun, in addition to providing parents with a deserved break. Through these support programs and services developed in response to family needs, Country Hope strives to reduce the stress that surround a family with a child diagnosed with cancer, by extending a caring hand of assistance and Rex is a proud supporter of Country Hope.

Rex’s Kylie Malaquin, Administration Assistant in Wagga Wagga, is a volunteer Carer for a very special 5-year old girl at the camp. Kylie has also arranged a raffle at the Rex Wagga Wagga Christmas Party last year with $400.00 being raised for Country Hope. Rex had kindly agreed to match the raffle proceeds dollar-for-dollar. Recently, Kylie handed over the contribution to two of the Country Hope Directors.



Recently, it presented the Epilepsy: Top of Mind symposium for people living with or affected by epilepsy to gain the most up-to-date information about the condition. Rex supported the symposium by sponsoring 2 return tickets anywhere on the NSW network for lesser off participants to attend the symposium.



The annual Parkes Elvis Festival is held on the second week of January, in celebration of Elvis’ birthday. This year’s festival saw more people, more shows and much more entertainment. Word on the ground is that approximately 10,000 people attended the event – double the population of Parkes.

The five-day festival saw Elvis look-a-likes, Priscillas and hard-core fans coming in droves and there was much Elvis pelvis shaking fun to be had by everyone. Even the kids got more involved this year as a disco was put on for them at the pool. There were so many junior Elvis-es and Priscillas just out busking, dancing, entering the competitions and participating in the street parade, it was a great sight. This year’s theme of "Jailhouse Rock" saw last year’s Miss Priscilla winner, Rex’s very own Wendy Lillington in handcuffs.

Another highlight was the crowning of Miss Priscilla 2009, which went to Clair Terrill. The Miss Priscilla Dinner was also a success with the tickets being sold out in only weeks! Rex has kindly sponsored return flights to Sydney as part of the major prize for the Miss Priscilla competition.

Indeed, all attendees thoroughly enjoyed themselves and can’t wait for next year’s festival, which will hopefully be even bigger and better.

The organisers of the festival have expressed their gratitude to Rex for the involvement in this year’s festival and Rex would like to pay special thanks to Andrew and Wendy Lillington, our fantastic Rex port agents in Parkes, for flying the Rex flag at the event.



Operating in Broken Hill since 1995, Nova Employment has been placing people with disabilities into open employment state-wide since 1999. A Gala Dinner was held recently in acknowledgement of local businesses who support their clients whilst celebrating the successes of the clients themselves. It was a huge success and Rex had supported the event by donating 5 return tickets from Sydney to Broken Hill.


Dubbo Multicultural festival was held during 21-27 Sep 2008 to celebrate the cultural diversity of the 45 different nationalities represented in Dubbo. The week long festival which attracted approximately 4,000 people culminated with a street parade, activities and a picnic in the park which included entertainment for families. A gala concert rounded off the festivities and was attended by over 500 from various nationalities. The Festival Committee would like to thank Rex for the annual sponsorship.



On Saturday the 12th of July the Sydney Symphony Orchestra visited Bathurst for the Sydney Symphony Drought Relief Concert. The concert raised over $50,000 which went towards the drought relief programs of local charities - Anglicare, Red Cross, Salvation Army and St Vincent De Paul.

  The Orchestra performing live at the
  Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
The concert was a well deserved morale booster for local farming families in the Bathurst area, who have battled on-going drought conditions for years. The audience of about 600 people enjoyed a night of world class music, thrilled by the sounds of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.

Special guest performers included the Orchestra's Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Maestro Gianluigi Gelmetti. As well as soloists Michael Dauth playing the violin, Catherine Hewgill playing the cello, Matthew Wilkie playing the bassoon and Shefali Pryor playing the oboe. More than 60 Sydney Symphony musicians were flown from Sydney to Bathurst by two specially charted Rex Planes. Also travelling to Bathurst were two tonnes of musical instruments, including double basses, trombones and oboes.

This is not the first time that the Orchestra has held a drought relief concert, in the past they have played in Griffith, Broken Hill, Orange and Tamworth, each concert raising $50,000 to provide drought aid. Rex is proud to be a regional tour partner of the Sydney Symphony and we have been partnering with the orchestra since 2004.



  Schibello bringing it home
Having 30,000 people attend a racing carnival, in a town in which only 18,000 people live is no mean feat. But these are the crowd numbers that the Clarence River Jockey Club achieved over the five days of the recent Grafton Racing Carnival. Highlights of the carnival, the Ramornie Handicap Day and the Grafton Cup were held on the 16th and 17th of July, respectively.

Rex was a major sponsor of Ramornie Day and had naming rights to race one on the day. The "Rex Airlines Jacaranda Plate" was won by Schibello.

  Rex Regional Manager Maurice Gahan
  meets the winner - Schibello
The Grafton July Racing Carnival has gone from strength to strength. According to Bradley de Martino Rosaroll, CEO of the Clarence River Jockey Club, this year's record crowd numbers prove that its reputation as the premier racing carnival in country NSW is well deserved. "On Grafton Cup day alone we had 14,400 people and on Ramornie Handicap day, which also featured the Rex Airlines Jacaranda Plate, over 6,700 people attended."

The event, the largest on the local calendar, offers a major boost to the economy of both Grafton and surrounding towns. With local motels heavily booked and restaurants and bars in the area buzzing with activity.

Mr de Martino Rosaroll is predicting continued success for the event and says, "It truly is an event not to be missed, book in early for next year and be a part of this great Australian racing tradition."


VIVA LAS PARKES ( August 2008)

Hailed as the 'night of nights' for the Inland NSW Tourism Industry, the 2008 CountryLink Inland NSW Tourism Awards was held at the Parkes Leagues Club on Saturday the 26th of July. The winners in over 16 categories were announced to an enthusiastic audience of around 250 people, who had congregated from all over the state for the Elvis/Las Vegas themed event. Tourism bodies from a number of Rex's NSW ports were represented at the awards, including Broken Hill, Lightning Ridge, Mudgee, Albury, Leeton and Sydney.

  Kenny Love of Temora Aviation
  Museum receives his award from
  Rex Sponsor, Maurice Gahan
MC for the evening was former yellow Wiggle, Greg McLeod, who delighted the crowd with performances of a few of The Wiggles' popular songs. Tourism NSW board members Mr Philip Hele and Mrs Ruth Fagan were also in attendance on the night as the minister's representatives.

The Regional Tourism organisations of New England North West, Central NSW, Riverina Tourism and Outback Tourism have collaborated since 2004 to conduct the Inland NSW Tourism Awards, to help promote and enhance tourism in regional NSW. Representatives from across all four of the Regional Tourism Areas were present for the announcement.

  Julie Rowse and Cristie
  James of Trentham
  Estate Wines with Rex's
  Maurice Gahan
The awards are an opportunity for operators of tourism businesses and attractions to gain an insight into their industry, their business, achieve recognition for their success and promote tourism within their region. Finalists of the Inland NSW Tourism Awards have the opportunity and are encouraged to proceed to the NSW State Tourism Awards and if successful, the National Awards.

Rex was a proud sponsor of the event, providing six return flights anywhere on the Rex network, which were presented as prizes to some of the winners on the evening. Rex Regional Manager, Mr Maurice Gahan, attended the awards on behalf of Rex, presenting awards to winners in two categories; Tourist Attraction and Tourism Wineries.

Temora Aviation Museum was a big winner on the night, taking out top honours in both the Heritage & Cultural and Tourist Attraction categories and also receiving an Award of Distinction in the Festivals & Events category. The museum is a unique tourist attraction, housing a collection of airworthy ex-military aircraft with historical significance to Australia.

For the second consecutive year Trentham Estate, a family owned boutique winery located on the Murray River in South-West NSW, was named Best Tourism Winery. Rex congratulates all the winners and wishes them the best of luck with their next step – the state-wide awards which will be drawn in November.


THE 'REX CHALLENGE' ( July 2008)

Over the weekend of 14-15 June, Tom Chesher from Flight Centre in Port Lincoln lead a two-day fundraising walk covering 36 kilometres of rugged scenic coastline, bush and long sandy beaches through part of the Investigator Trail in Lincoln National Park. The trek was dubbed the 'Rex Challenge'.

Tom is undertaking a trek along the 'Sandakan Death March' in Borneo later this year and used the ‘Rex Challenge’ as both a training session for some of the trekkers and also to begin the fundraising efforts to benefit the McGuinness McDermott Foundation, supporting kids with cancer.

The trek provided a great kick start to Tom’s fundraising, with $3,000 being collected. Rex was a major sponsor of the walk, providing airfares for the participants to travel to Port Lincoln from Adelaide.

The group donning their Rex regalia



TAFE Riverina held their Institute Awards function, Celebrating Excellence, in Wagga Wagga on 16 May. Warrick Lodge represented Rex at the ceremony, presenting joint winners of the Rex-sponsored Tourism and Hospitality Faculty Award – Perpetual Asante and Premrudee Khumnasaeng – with Rex flight vouchers.

Premrudee (Prem) completed a Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery), proving her prowess as a national finalist in the 2007 Australian Meat Industry Council’s “Sausage King” title with her gourmet Thai sausage and has now realised her dream of opening a “Jones the Grocer” retail gourmet food franchise in Albury, with plans to expand into Wagga.

Perpetual (Pep), an International Student who arrived from Ghana three years ago to study in Wagga, completed a Diploma of Hospitality Management and a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, graduating with Distinction. Pep will now begin an Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management in preparation for commencing a Degree in Business Management next year as she works toward her dream of opening her own African themed Hospitality business in Wagga.

Rex’s Warrick Lodge (left) and Institute Advisory Council’s Dennis Toohey
(right) present Perpetual Asante with her award

  Source: The Daily Advertiser, 21 May 2008



  Don Seneca (Tullie’s husband) made
  a good job of his zinc

As an ongoing commitment to the community of Ceduna, Rex has once again thrown support behind the Ceduna Oysterfest Festival over the October Long Weekend.

The Ceduna Oysterfest Festival is a celebration of the oyster aquaculture industry, for which the area is renowned. The event runs over three days and Rex is involved with providing prizes and transporting entertainers to add to the success of the whole weekend.

Every year Rex plays a part in the street procession and this year was no exception. This year the theme of the procession was 'Beach Party' so the Rex float became the 'Rex Patrol', in a tribute to 2007 being the Year of the Lifesaver.

Sandi Watkins joined with Tullie Seneca and her team, who manage the airport turnaround as well as the local Travelworld office, resplendent in their orange and blue lifesaver caps, to give Rex Fridge Magnets and Rex Caps to the community lining the streets of Ceduna.

Thanks to all the team for getting into the spirit and even covering their faces in zinc cream…and special thanks to Kerry Stott for providing the SES 'rubber duck' to add the authentic touch to our float.

The ‘Rex Patrollers’ and their float



The Moruya Jazz Festival on the long weekend has been described as nothing short of wonderful. The weather was perfect and the whole town was buzzing with excitement all weekend as jazz fans mingled with locals in the streets and at five different venues throughout the town.

Rex is a consistent sponsor of the festival though this year especially, Rex Ambassador Max Kingston attended to fly the Rex flag, leading the street parade and drawing the raffle of which two return Rex tickets were the prize.

  The street parade was voted the best ever. Led by Festival President Roger Bayley, Cr Fergus Thomson,
  and Rex Ambassador Max Kingston, it entertained and delighted adults and children alike

  Suits you Max! Onlookers were treated to a great display of vintage, veteran and other, well loved cars,
  motor cycles and tractors



  Warrick and son Angus participated in the Wagga fundraising and awareness event


100 HOURS FOR $100,000 BIKE RIDE (July 2007)

In late July, Rex was the proud supporter of ‘100 hours for $100,000 – Raising Depression Awareness’ fundraising campaign. The campaign’s bike rider, Eddy Kontelj rode for an amazing 132 hours and completed his ride more than 20 hours ahead of the Guinness World Record. During the week of Eddy’s ride the campaign raised over $7,000, which was a tremendous effort by Eddy’s committee, family, friends and the very generous people from all over Australia. The money raised will be used to help in raising awareness of depression, anxiety and related substance misuse problems. Accordingly contributions will be forwarded to beyondblue – a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address such issues.

  Guinness World Record holder, Eddy Kontelj, rode for an amazing 132 hours



On 4 and 5 July, Rex proudly sponsored the Parkinson’s NSW state-wide support leaders’ conference held in Sydney. With Rex’s contribution, many rural delegates were able to attend and network with others in the same or similar situations and this added greatly to the success of the conference.



Rex again sponsored Eyre Peninsula’s biggest and most popular annual event - the Tunarama Festival, held in Port Lincoln, South Australia.

Tunarama showcases the regions best seafood, wine, art, music, people and surroundings. The picturesque foreshore lawns of Port Lincoln are transformed into a bustling alley of events, displays, stalls, sideshows and rides, with fun events, activities and competitions for everyone including the famous John West Tuna Toss Competition.

A favourite event for all the family is the Regional Express Street Procession, where local businesses, organisations and individuals enter colourful floats to parade on the Saturday of the festival.

  The Rex float leads the way in the Regional Express Street Procession



  Wally Flynn and Maurice Gahan spinning the wheel

Wally Flynn once again co-ordinated for the third year in a row the Rotary Chamber of Commerce Christmas Fair in Dubbo. Wally took charge of “Wally’s Wheel” and this year the Rotary raised an excess of $40,000 during this period. The Rotary donated $6000 to purchase Christmas lights and also donated all the proceeds from Wally Wheel to the local charter well in excess of $30,000. Rex was also a main supporter by supplying the consolation prizes on the wheel.

The Rotary Club in partnership with the Orana Mall Market Place conducted a Christmas Ham Wheel to raised money to purchase Christmas lights to decorate the trees and Church Street with “Rex” supporting the event with their corporate gifts as give-aways. These were given as consolation prizes on the wheel. The Dubbo City Council installed a monster Christmas tree at Church St Rotunda and crowds turned up to see Santa who gave each young child sweets and the adults had a large variety of food outlets and kids rides to inspect. Every adult received a free ticket in the Rex competition, the prize being a return airfare Dubbo/Sydney with the bonus prize being a Rex travel case full of Rex goodies.

A great variety of entertainment was conducted, music, singers and Radio 2DU and Zoo FM broadcasted live from the fair for 4 hours. The Winner of the Rex competition was drawn by our own Maurice Gahan and Steve Cowley a past president of the Rotary Club Dubbo Macquarie.




The careers trip by the ten TAFE SA Aquaculture Students based in Adelaide to Port Lincoln on 5 to 7 Nov was very successful. The trip was designed to enable these students to be very much aware of what is involved in aquaculture through out their studies. By giving them the chance to actually view different aspects of their studies.

It enabled the students to view aquaculture facilities that enhance their learning environment and gave them a thorough understanding of the different types of aquaculture operations that exist throughout South Australia and in particular in the Port Lincoln vicinity.

This trip was made possible when Rex offered two free return tickets and by discounting the other eight tickets to a reduced rate, enabled these students to be able to come and visit Port Lincoln. It is the generosity of companies such as REX that enables TAFE SA to be able to deliver quality educational programs throughout Regional South Australia.

The students viewed an oyster operation out at Coffin Bay, and also the processing facilities for that industry. They were taken out to a tuna and king fish farm out in Boston Bay. They were also taken through a processing factory that specializes in exporting Southern Ocean Rock Lobster, and were shown a land based abalone hatchery and grow out facilities.


Harden Fantasy Flight Festival was a Festival of kite flying held at the local Picnic Racecourse on Saturday 21 Oct.
Rex merchandise such as clocks, FM radio, caps and pens were given away as prizes. The Festival had over 2,000 people from all over NSW, Vic and the ACT. The highlight of the day was the Extreme Kiters who demonstrated Kite Buggying and Land Boarding. It was great to have so many families, from grandparents to toddlers, all working out how to put a kite together and then how to make it fly.

BLOOMIN' TULIPS (October 2006)









ex was a proud sponsor of the “Bloomin Tulips” festival in 2006 and to assist with the culmination of the festival on Saturday 14 October, Rex provided two scenic joy flights over the tulip farms and magnifi cent scenery of the North West Coast of Tasmania. Crewed by Warwick Paton, Robert Perram & Katie Clyne the passengers were treated to spectacular views and despite the poor weather, the crew were able to fi nd suffi cient blue sky and very good views over Table Cape. Bloomin’ Tulips is a week-long festivalof sense stimulating events celebrating the flush of spring colour in the small coastal town of Wynyard on the north west coast of Tasmania. This year’s event was themed “Colours of Wynyard” - to match with our Wonders of Wynyard tourist centre. The scenic flights were sold via the Wynard Visitors Information Centre, with Rex donating all proceeds from the flights back to the Bloomin’ Tulips festival. Burnie Airport Corporation’s Gold sponsorship of the festival clearly illustrates what Rex and regional airports can achieve by working together for the benefit of the Wynyard community. We also thank Mark Hatten and his trusty team at Rex Burnie Airport for their assistance and general coordination of the scenic flights.


OYSTERFEST 2006 (September 2006)

Once again Ceduna turned on the good weather and great Oysters in this celebration of their world famous aquaculture industry.

Rex was a sponsor of the 3-day event, with Megan, Sandi and the whole team from Travelworld Ceduna, (the Rex route agent), turning out for the street parade, which featured two baggage trolleys loaded with Rex and Travelworld balloons and lollies for the children.

It was then on to the serious business of the judging of the stein holding competition with the ladies and mens winners winning Rex tickets to fly to Adelaide, to compete in the same event held at the Schutzenfest each year.



The aim of the Business Excellence Awards is to promote excellence in business (or community activities), reward those achieving excellence and to act as a social and networking event for businesses. A Gala Awards Dinner was held on Saturday 26 August 2006 at the Ballina RSL Club. Rex was one of the gold sponsors for this event. Maurice Gahan presented the award of the best Service Club which was won by the Ballina RSL Club.



Rex sponsored three return flights from Melbourne to Mt Gambier for Fishing Australia (WIN Television Network’s premiere local fishing show) to conduct the photo shoot.

Rob’s weekly FISH’N’TIP written for the week of Wednesday 9/8/2006

I’ve been meaning to get down to Mt Gambier for a fishing trip for a few years now, and while Mt Gambier doesn’t register with most people as a fishing destination I am sure it will after you find out all about my big adventure down that way.

Mt Gambier is the largest regional centre in South Australia. It is a marvellous town with some awesome architecture along with the amazing Blue Lake. Blue Lake is spent volcanic crater and the water is as blue as you will get making it a favourite sight for locals and tourists alike.

For anglers Mt Gambier is the gateway to the Limestone Coast, a spectacular area covering miles of beaches, headlands, rivers and coastal lagoons.

Beach fishing is spectacular in this neck of the woods and unlike many parts of Australia beach access to 4WDrive vehicles is encouraged rather than banned. There are special tracks that go for hundreds of kilometres and an awesome balance between access and conservation is achieved.

Mulloway are a common catch in the area, with either beach gutters or rivers holding these fish depending on the seasons. I was excited to see that they are at the top of the local rules list which indicates how likely you are to catch one …

As much as I wanted to do some beach fishing, and I will return for this specific purpose, it was the deep sea fishing that I got to try first. The aim was to capture a unique Fishing Australia show and believe me we got more than we barginned for.

Port MacDonnell is albacore heaven.

Before I go on it is worth noting that Rex airlines now fly direct to Mt Gambier from Melbourne or Adelaide in a jiffy so gone are the days when you had a massive drive to get to there. I flew in via Melbourne and the coastal views during the flight had me drooling about the up coming fishing action.

See you on the water

Rob Paxevanos

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