Wood Events to be a Major Feature at the Festival!

The Woodchopping, a Lucas Mill Demonstration and Chainsaw Racing are the major feature events at this year’s Timbertown Festival!

The Heritage wood chop demonstration will be led by Arthur Dingle from Mt Perry, Queensland. The Dingle family name is synonymous with woodchopping. It’s been a life-long passion for Arthur and his brothers, taking them all over the country to country shows and other rural events. We are grateful to have them join us at the 2018 Jandowae Timbertown Festival.

The woodchop events will run on Saturday from 10am to 3pm and the Lucas Mill demonstration from 9:30am to 2pm. Then join the action at the showgrounds on Saturday afternoon from 4pm to hear the chainsaws roar!

Please follow the link below for more information about Mr Dingle, and his connection to the timber industry.


Opening Event – 2018 Jandowae Timbertown Festival Fine Art & Photography Exhibition


The Jandowae Kindy and Jandowae Domiciliary Care (JDC) will together host the 2018 Fine Art & Photography Exhibition, with all proceeds from this wonderful showcase of talented local artists, photographers and bush poet Mr Brian Weier to benefit our two not-for-profit local community organisations.

The Kindy and Domiciliary have great pleasure in inviting you to participate by showcasing your creative works or by attending the Official Opening event or to visit the exhibition over the Festival weekend.We are already expecting the wonderful artworks/sculptures and photography of 20+ fabulous artists/photographers including Feature Artist Mr Graeme McCullough, Mrs Cathy McClelland and National Award Winning Photographer Mrs Yvonne Hill OAM, plus multi award winning members of the Bell, Chinchilla and Dalby Art Groups, and local and visiting timber sculptors/crafts people. Guaranteed to be a treasure-trove of creative delights!!

TheTimbertown Committee is celebrating its 10thTimbertown Festival this year and the 2018 Exhibition opening night will be the fifth time the event has featured as the Official Opening event for the Festival, and as in each previous year it will be held at the lovely Jandowae Domiciliary Care Building in George Street, opposite the Jandowae Memorial Hall to  commence @ 6pm on Friday evening, 8th June 2018 and tickets will cost $35.00 prepaid (try.booking) or $40 at the gate.

The festival has a renewed focus on it’sTimbertown heritage, and the Art & Photography Exhibition will celebrate the theme ‘Reflections of a Timbertown – Past, Present and Future’, showcasing our areas Pioneers, Poetry, Photography and Fine Arts. However, artworks and photography entered into our exhibition do not need to reflect this theme unless you choose to.

Celebrated bush poet and entertainer Mr Brian Weier (and President of the Dalby Country Music Association) will compere the evening and provide his special brand of entertainment and bush poetry recitals as a teaser to the full Bush Poetry program for the weekend of the Festival.

A few new cocktails have been developed for the Opening Night Cocktail Party – the Log Splitter, Bullocky Brew and Cross-cut Chill, so come along and enjoy an evening of celebrating our timbertown community’s hard work and dedication to fostering community spirit and resilience over many generations.

To arrange booking of tickets to the Exhibition Opening Night/Official JTTF Opening please follow the below link:https://www.trybooking.com/VKWG OR https://www.trybooking.com/376434

For further Art & Photography Exhibition event details please contact Rose Heintze 0499 294 550 or Naomi Black 0407 632 661 or please email: jksecretary@hotmail.com

Please check out and Like the Jandowae Timbertown Festival Art & Photography Exhibition Facebook page www.facebook.com/Jandowaefineartshow to keep up to date with our event.

Rose Heintze&Naomi Black (Jandowae Kindergarten Assoc. Inc) and Jenny Hartwig (Jandowae Domiciliary Care)

Jandowae Timbertown Festival Busking Competition

It’s back by popular demand and the prizes are absolutely worth performing for! The Jandowae Timbertown Festival Busking Competition has grown tremendously since its addition to our Festival’s line-up of events following successful RADF funding applications several years ago, which brought renowned performer/singer/songwriter Melinda J Wells to our community where she coached and inspired our local and visiting talent over two consecutive festivals. Her wonderful support has certainly ensured that the Busking Competition has cemented its place as a very entertaining component of our Festival.

Busking for the Timbertown Festival competition will involve performing publicly with any type of instrument or voice at a controlled sound level – YOU bring these to the competition, and WE provide an opportunity to showcase YOUR talent and provide you with your very own ready-made audience of excited Timbertown Festival goers to support you as you WOW them and the Judges!!

For potential buskers, this year’s Competition Coordinator and fabulous Singer/Songwriter, and Regional Coordinator for the Australian Songwriters Association, Lisa Sutton, stated “Many a star has been discovered whilst busking. The world is bursting with talent and WE WANT YOU!!. Jandowae Timbertown festival which is held on the weekend of 9th& 10th June 2018, is an opportunity for musicians, singers and performers to share their talent in front of thousands of people visiting the region who will be captivated by what you have to offer!”

Ms Sutton performs her original works at regular venues and will be performing on the Main Stage on Sunday morning of the Festival to launch the Busking Finals, and encourages anyone with a talent to register their interest in performing as soon as possible as spaces are filling fast with 10 positions confirmed already.

It’s a fantastic chance to share your talent and show us what you have got AND vie for the  AWESOME prizes on offer:

1st Place $500

2nd Place $300

3rd place $120 Music Voucher- Kindly Donated by O’Sheas Music Centre.

Judges  for the Busking Competition will be roving the various performance areas along the main street of Jandowae on Saturday 9th June, assessing each busker’s performance and will ultimately choose their top buskers for the Finals, to be held on Sunday 10th June, on the Main Stage.

Each busker who enters the competition will be assigned a busking location and time slots to perform.

If you are a Soloist Artist , duo, or  a small group and you are keen to be heard THEN this event is for YOU!!.

So come along and join us at our 2018 Jandowae Timbertown Festival and WOW us with your passion and musical talent – WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOU!!!

For Busking Competition registrations or enquiries please contact the Busking Competition Coordinator, Lisa Sutton.

Contact Details: Phone – 0429698282 or  Email- jeddnatebrya@gmail.com

Message from Mayor Paul McVeigh

Message from Mayor Paul McVeigh 

I would like to extend a very warm welcome to everyone who has joined us for the 2018 Jandowae Timbertown Festival.

The Timbertown Festival is one of our region’s biennial events showcasing the history, lifestyle and community spirit of the Western Downs.

During the festival the population of Jandowae quadruples as visitors and locals alike descend on the town to experience the iconic and one-of-a-kind festival.

It’s wonderful to celebrate the 10th festival that highlights our region’s rich milling history and showcases our community spirit and country hospitality which we pride ourselves on.

Timbertown’s family friendly program ensures there’s something for everyone; from street parades to market stalls, wood chipping competitions, yabby races, bush poets, barrel racing and live entertainment.

One of the highlights this year will be witnessing the rare and memorable sights of a bullock team at work.

A special thank you to Jandowae Timbertown Festival Committee for hosting this remarkable event and congratulations on 10 very successful festivals since Timbertown first started in 2001. You continue to take us on a journey back to the timber milling days and create lifelong memories for visitors and locals.

On behalf of Western Downs Regional Council, I invite you to come along and enjoy the Jandowae Timbertown Festival.

I’ll see you there.

Cr Paul McVeigh
Western Downs Regional Council Mayor