Festival Scheduled for 2021

The Jandowae Timbertown Festival is a fabulous, entertaining, large, and unfortunately ‘non-essential’ public gathering. With this and the health and wellbeing of the community in mind, we have made the tough decision to postpone the 2020 Timbertown Festival.

You can now look forward to experiencing Timbertown next year, from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 June 2021.

We look forward to bringing you another great Festival in 2021!

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 

Jandowae Bowls Club Barefoot Bowls Afternoon – Friday 8th June 2018

Let’s Get The Jandowae Timbertown Festival Started!

Bowl up, bowl up! Join us for the most fun you can have barefoot on a Friday afternoon (or in any flat soled shoes).  At the beginning of what will be Winter (but hopefully in Jandowae it will be more like a balmy Autumn day), Barefoot Bowls will be held from 4pm at the Jandowae Bowls Club. It will get your heart racing (kind-of, sort of, or maybe not at all)!  It’s an event that our locals and visitors alike can’t get enough of, and a terrific way to get the fun started at the 2018 Jandowae Timbertown Festival.

Our Bowls Club Veterans, Ladies and Gentlemen are terrific characters. They range in ages from 15 and up. Some of our members are not likely to let on about their age and have well and truly got it down pat! With a wealth of knowledge and tips to share they are willing to help improve your game.

According to Bowls Club Members, “Barefoot Bowls is a great way to be introduced to our favourite sport. No experience is necessary and it is great fun! Bowls is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. A great way to spend the evening is playing bowls under lights!”

You heard it right – playing under lights in Jandowae! Our amazing club members have worked incredibly hard over the years to fundraise and apply for grants, doing the hard slog to ensure the Jandowae Community has this awesome venue for day and night bowls.  And they very generously want to share it with everyone so that you too can become hooked on the coolest game in town.

What do you need?  Most importantly to play on our greens you must wear flat sole shoes, thongs or go barefoot.  Club etiquette requires neat casual attire. Other than that, all you need to do is have fun and enjoy yourself!

We supply the bowls, mats and even a little coaching to get you started.

WHEN:                FROM 4PM, FRIDAY 8TH JUNE 2018


COST:                   ONLY $6 PER PERSON

BOOKINGS:        PHONE (07) 4668 5207

So what are you waiting for? Grab your mates, go a little wild with your outfits (or not), and sign up for a brilliant Barefoot Lawn Bowling experience. Let’s get the bowl rolling for the Jandowae Timbertown Festival 2018, where there will be a great line-up of things to see and do all weekend!

Book in ASAP. For more information please phone (07) 4668 5207. You’ll be glad you did!

Queensland’s Independent Local Butchers battle it out on the BBQ

The Queensland Australian Meat Industry Council’s annual Regional Sausage King & Best Butchers Burger Competitions are about to kick off. The Sausage King is now in its 18th year, attracting over a thousand entries per year. The Burger Competition was added in 2015 and both competitions are held together in 10 regions throughout Queensland, starting in February and running through to July.

The 6th regional heat is Outback and will take place at Jandowae Timbertown Festival, Jandowae, 9.00 am – 1.00 pm on Sunday 10th June. Entries will be scrutinised on the uncooked and cooked appearance of their sausages and burgers. The products will then be taste-tested for flavour and texture. Points are also awarded for presentation and professionalism and creative new recipes will no doubt impress the judges.

Regional winners then progress to the State finals which will be held at the EKKA at the RNA Showgrounds, Bowen Hills, on Sunday, 19th August 2018. These state finals determine which butchers are truly entitled to wear the crowns for best Burgers and best Sausage Kings in Queensland. State winners will then go on to compete at the National Finals in Perth in February 2019.

Competitors can choose to compete in any or all of these categories:

 Traditional Australian Beef

 Traditional Australian Pork

 Poultry

 Continental

 Gourmet/Open Class

 Australian Lamb/Open Class

 Best Butchers Beef Burger

 Best Butchers Gourmet/Open Class Burger

A Walk Through Jandowae

Welcome to JANDOWAE, a friendly town proud of its community, industry, lifestyle and history. A town so proud that it tells its story on many of the power poles in the town centre through High Street and George Street.

Dalby Artist Graeme McCullough (GRAZART) was commissioned to paint the town’s story in 2016. Not only did he paint the story but he made the town centre come alive with colour, wonderful images that wind around the poles and also a little humour. Graeme is a truly talented artist who took an idea and produced works of art on the most unusual easel. Thanks to Graeme, Jandowae boasts a terrific Power Pole walk that tells a story to all who visit.

The Jandowae Story:

Entering Jandowae (from Dalby/Jimbour side) we welcome all visitors and display our sporting lifestyle. Jandowae has many great sporting facilities within the community and district, a wide range of sporting clubs and hosts a number of special events during the year. Strolling along the park area on your left you will observe the painted power poles telling the story of Jandowae events including our wonderful Biennial Timbertown Festival, as well as, the annual Trail Bike Ride, Jandowae Races and Golf Tournaments. Continuing along High St you’ll come to the Showgrounds pole that tells about our great show which is held in March each year as well as showing that horse riding is a passion in our local area – numerous Jandowae youngsters have honed their riding skills at the local Pony Club.

As the journey continues along High St you will see the creative way that Graeme painted the story of Jandowae’s Defence Force history (this can also be seen in George St outside the Memorial Hall). Graeme chose a comical and interesting way to demonstrate that children are a highlight of our community as are our numerous parks. He went on to paint some of our native flora and fauna making it almost come alive on our power poles. The cameraderie of the locals and the spirit within the community can be depicted in the artwork that Graeme has painted on some of the power poles.

Jandowae’s past and present day industries and businesses have been portrayed so that you are left with an impression of what is important within our community and what has shaped our community in the past. Graeme’s artwork tells the story of our farming lifestyle and local influences within our district. He has painted the story of our tourist attractions such as the Dingo Fence, Athlone Cottage and Bird-watching Trails. We see the great fundraising efforts and local influence that the people of our community made in the past to provide us with a range of Emergency Services. The timber industry is depicted in a number of ways to show Jandowae’s rich history in this field.

Graeme has painted our story not only with skill and respect but added a dash of humour that can be seen when looking at the closer details of a number of the power poles.

Thank you Graeme for your portrayal of the Jandowae Story.

Best wishes for the Fine Art and Photography Exhibition and 2018 Timbertown Festival Official Opening event – you truly deserve the honour of being the ‘Feature Artist’ of this event.

Gleneden Bullock Team Come to Jandowae Timbertown Festival

As part of the 2018 festival, we are proud to welcome Rohan Morris and his Gleneden Bullock Team! Working bullock teams are almost a thing past but were once an extremely valuable part of industries across the countryside. Before skidders, dozers and other machinery became available and affordable, bullock teams were essential for moving timber in difficult terrain with minimal impact on the surrounding bush. Rohan began working bullocks at age 15 and has worked in various locations across Queensland and as far away as the Snowy Mountains (hauling firewood). He is excited to showcase the skills needed to drive a bullock team at the Jandowae Timbertown Festival, talking the crowd through a day’s work with the team, from catching and yoking the bullocks, through to demonstrating the work they can perform.  This is a spectacle that needs to been seen to be believed and in the words of Rohan, “A mature working team is an awesome combination of power and manoeuvrability”.