Emerald Golf Day

Emerald Golf Day

Thanks to the Emerald community for making our golf day fundraiser the best ever!

Last Saturday over a hundred players from 37 teams teed off for our annual golf day in Emerald. It was another fun event with fantastic support from the Emerald community who helped make it our most successful golf day ever!

With donations still coming in the event has already raised over $33,000 which will go toward funding the Allied Health position in the Emerald Leslie Wilson Outback Centre. Thanks to everyone for their generous contributions.

The Emerald Friends of BUSHkids did a great job organising the event and a massive thank you goes to them, and the team at Emerald Golf Club for once again supporting the day, especially Matt, Steve, Doug and all the helpers.

Thank you to our donors who supported us with cash and product donations.
Cash donations from Mitre10 – Emerald Co-op, Jellinbah Mine, Enwise, Westpac, Dulux, Lachlan Millar – Member for Gregory, Justin Benjamin & Laura Nolan, Charlie and Kay Wilson, Amanda Noone & Derek Mayne – Rocky Car Wash, Cliff Tucker Plumbing and Clinton and Ali Adams.

Product donations from Makita, Webber, Mitre10 Corporate, Dewalt.

Thank you to our Volunteers on the day.
Justin Benjamin, Doug Grey, Kay Wilson, Ali Adams, Selwyn Nuttley, Amanda Noone,
BUSHkids staff Rebecca Scanlan, Sarah Chicalas, Marcia Hayston, Kate Killeen

A special thank you to our hard-working FoBk Team
Charlie & Kay Wilson, Ali & Clinton Adams, Justin Benjamin, Amanda Noone and Doug Grey.

We could not have done this without you. Congratulations and Thank You.

Here are some photos from the day:

Emerald Golf Day

Emerald Centre Renaming to the Leslie Wilson Outback Centre

BUSHkids was proud to welcome his Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland in Emerald on Wednesday 26 May to rename the centre in honour of his predecessor and founder of BUSHkids, Sir Leslie Orme Wilson, 15th Governor of Queensland.

Since Sir Leslie Wilson’s founding of BUSHkids over 85 years ago, the organization has helped change the lives of over 50,000 young Queenslanders and their families.

We’d like to thank the current governer, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit our Emerald Centre and perform the official renaming for us.

The now titled ‘Leslie Wilson Outback Centre’ has been providing services to the Central Highlands since 1997 and receives wonderful support from the local community thanks to the hard work of our Friends of BUSHkids (FoBK) volunteers who are chaired by farmer and grazier, Charlie Wilson, Sir Leslie’s grandson.

BUSHkids vision for the development of supports across Western Queensland is becoming a reality under Charlie Wilson’s leadership as chair and the Friends of BUSHkids in Emerald are working to help BUSHkids achieve this through a long term, sustainable fundraising program that will support this approach long into the future.

If you’re interested in supporting BUSHkids, please call our Brisbane Office on 07 3870 7288.

You can also find pictures from the day below.  Tap or click on individual pictures to see more, then tap left or right of the picture to cycle through the gallery.

Emerald Centre Renaming



  • Facebook Video Post from the Governor of Queensland’s page:


Emerald Golf Day 2020 Recap

Our Emerald Golf Day was held on Saturday, despite strong winds and swirling dust which made for some tricky playing conditions.

This fun annual event has grown into a major fundraiser for our Emerald service centre, and we were delighted that this year we again received fantastic support from the Central Highland Community, with 37 teams comprising 103 golfers teeing off.
In total the event raised over $30,000 which will be used to employ an Allied Health Assistant in our Emerald centre to support kids and families in the local community.

Thanks to everyone for their support

Here are a few pictures from the day. (Click on a picture then click left or right of the picture to cycle through them)

Emerald Golf Day 2020

Emerald Golf Day Recap

Thanks to everyone who supported our golf day in Emerald on Saturday.

At first count we raised a whopping $21,000 which will go toward supporting our Emerald Service Centre.

As always we had wonderful support from the Central Highlands’ community, with 30 teams taking part on the day and incredible support from local businesses including Emerald Golf Club, Mitre 10, Enwise electrical, Central Highlands Toyota and Westpac.

Sadly no one got a hole-in-one on the 17th to win the car, but some competitors came very close to the pin. Better luck next year!

Special thanks go to Charlie Wilson and the Friends of BUSHkids (FoBK) team in Emerald for organising the event and giving their time to make the day such a success.

Please see below for a gallery of images from the day.

Emerald Golf Day 2020-2

Golf day teeing up support for regional kids (CQNews)

GET ready for a great day of golf this weekend at the Emerald Golf Club and help raise valuable funds for a good cause.

The annual Charity Golf Day raises funds for the local BUSHkids service centre, assisting them to offer the best possible service to families residing in the Central Highlands.

BUSHkids chief executive officer Carlton Meyn said he was looking forward to a great day of golf while raising valuable funds to be spent directly in the region.

“Last year’s event was one of the club’s most successful events held and we want to improve on this,” he said.

“It will be good to see new faces playing golf and really enjoying themselves.”

“We have a nearest-to-pin hole on the 15th where players are encouraged to back their ability. We also have a hole-in-one prize on the 17th, which is a car valued at $30,000.”…

To read more, please visit the CQNews article written by Aden Stokes from CQNews here: https://www.cqnews.com.au/news/golf-day-teeing-up-support-for-regional-kids/3482007/ 

BUSHkids officially launches three new NDIS ECEI Service Centres

BUSHkids officially opened three of its new NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention Service Centres in Rockhampton, Gladstone and Emerald.

Please scroll down for links to published news articles, complete image galleries, video recordings of 7 News CQ and WIN News CQ coverage of the events and audio recordings featured on ABC Radio.

Published News Articles:
Launching better future for our kids, by Sean Fox. Accessible at https://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/launching-better-futures-for-our-kids/3476270/

New disability scheme for kids changes mum’s life, by Hannah Sbeghen. Accessible at https://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/new-disability-scheme-for-kids-changes-gladstone-m/3477677/

Emerald early intervention support to help kids thrive, by Kristen Booth. Accessible at https://www.cqnews.com.au/news/emerald-early-intervention-support-to-help-kids-th/3471141/

7News Central Queensland Video:
Reporting by Brittany Hancock.

WIN News Central Queensland Video:
Reporting by Sophie Lester.


Launch Day Galleries:


Gladstone Launch Day


Rockhampton Launch Day


Emerald Launch Day

To request full resolution images, please e-mail info@bushkids.org.au.

ABC Radio Interviews:
Listen to the full radio interviews featured on ABC Radio using the audio player’s below


Emerald Early Intervention Support to help kids thrive

SUPPORT for children’s health and wellbeing officially lands in Emerald later this month.

BUSHkids will launch its NDIS early childhood services across Central Queensland with the official opening of its Early Childhood Early Intervention service centre in Emerald.

The Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme – BUSHkids – is a not-for-profit organisation that has been supporting the health and wellbeing of children and families in Queensland’s regional, rural and remote communities for more than 80 years.

Early Childhood Early Intervention is a new program fully funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme and is designed to help children aged zero to six years with a disability or developmental delay to access the support and services they need to achieve better long-term outcomes.

BUSHkids chief executive officer Carlton Meyn said through the program the organisation was hoping to help more local children through its new team of early childhood professionals.

“The Early Childhood Early Intervention services will benefit the community to support children with developmental delay, and it’s a service that was really required,” he said…

To read more, please visit the CQNews article written by Kristen Booth from CQNews here.