GET ACTIVE: Youth in Chinchilla and beyond get to participate in Ninja Warrior and Parkour events organised by Western Downs Regional Council.
GET ACTIVE: Youth in Chinchilla and beyond get to participate in Ninja Warrior and Parkour events organised by Western Downs Regional Council. Brooke Duncan

Movies and ninjas at Chinchilla

FAMILIES around the region have turned out for evenings of fun thanks to a series of movie nights hosted by the Western Downs Regional Council.

Ferdinand was shown at the Chinchilla Showgrounds on Friday night through a council-Lion's Club partnership, and with the success of the initiative there's every chance it could lead to more movie nights around the region.

Councillor Kaye Maguire said it was a roaring success.

"Almost one thousand people across eight towns came out in all weather conditions, and it was amazing to hear some of our small communities including Jandowae and Tara had more than 120 and 150 attendees respectively,” she said.

"There is nothing better than being able to spend time with loved ones.

"These events require strong partnerships with our community groups, who added to the movie night success.

"The positive feedback council received opens the possibility of hosting more.”

The movie night in Chinchilla was preceded by a Ninja Warrior course event for the town's youngsters to test their skills.

Mum Melissa Verdon took two children to the event and said it was wonderful that "kids out in rural areas are able to be given the opportunity to try different things”.

"Obviously the ninja warrior is really popular because of the show that's been on TV, and I think it's wonderful, it gets them out and about, off screens, and doing something physical, which is great.

"Also the movie, it's great to have free things in the holidays as well, because it always seems as if parents are always paying for things and what have you, so I think it's great the council organises these sorts of things.”

Tara resident Phyllis Brown said the movie night in Tara was a great success.

"Just to see all of the kids out and enjoying themselves was fantastic,” Mrs Brown said.

"The food was great, and I'm already looking forward to the next one.”