TRASH TO TREASURE: Charleville local Lance Melksham uses only recycled materials to create his pieces.
TRASH TO TREASURE: Charleville local Lance Melksham uses only recycled materials to create his pieces. Lucy Rutherford

Halfway There Shindig gears up town for longest damper

IN ITS fourth year, Charleville's Halfway There Shindig gives talents like Lance Melksham and Geraldine Coulter the chance to showcase their unique skills to locals and tourists alike.

Charleville local, Lance literally turns trash into treasure by welding figurines and other collectables out of old cutlery, scrap metal and whatever else he can get his hands on.

"All the materials I've use are recycled and sourced from the dump, I use what other people throw away,” he said.

"I don't like to see things go to waste, so I thought I might as well use make something out of it that other people can enjoy.”

Only moving to Charleville three months ago has seen 70-year-old Geraldine Coulter embrace the spirit of the shindig by selling her homemade dream catchers, a hobby she picked up from her daughter-in-law.

"I started making them after I retired for something to do, and just fell in love with making unique gifts for my grandchildren, that I could personalise just for them,” she said

"Most of them take me a full day to make, so it's not about making money, it's just something I enjoy doing.

"I don't really know how they're going to turn out. I start with an idea in my head but by the time I've finished, it comes out completely different from what I had pictured.”

With the "Halfway there shindig”, aptly named because it's halfway to the Birdsville Races, hundreds have flocked to the main street tonight to enjoy a street party with food stalls, local artists and musicians.

Billy the Bilby made a special appearance, getting the crowd off their feet to join in classics like the Nutbush and Chicken Dance and even shared a dance with Mayor of Murweh Shire, Annie Liston.

The festivities continue tomorrow, where locals will attempt to reclaim the world record for Longest Damper - from a Swedish scout troupe who baked a 125m loaf in 2006 - setting the goal of cooking a 150 metre loaf.

World's longest Damper attempt


Charleville fishing and restocking club


Saturday, 7am to late