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G'Day from Downunder,

I have only been a licenced Amateur Radio Operator since October 2010. However I have been involved in Radio and Communications since I first got the bug back the the early days of CB radio in Australia in 1977.

I was on CB for a number of years and then in 1984 I enlisted in the Australian Army and was allocated to the Royal Australian Signals Corps. I served in a number of locations within Australia and Overseas during my 24 plus years of service in the Corps. I finished my fulltime military career as a Warrant Officer Class Two, Information Systems Manager in October 2007. I am still serving at the same rank and position as a Reserve Soldier. I am also a Warrant Officer Class Two (AAC) with 13 Army Cadet Unit located in Toowoomba where I am an Instructor of Cadets.

After leaving full time military service I took up a position as a Information Technology Officer with the Queensland Police Service in Toowoomba Queensland. I worked for the Police until July 2012, when I took up a position as theInformation Technology Projects Manager,with the Department of Defence, at Cabarlah Queensland.

I am also heavily involved with the local ex-service community of Highfields and District. I am a foundation member of the Highfields RSL sub-branch and have been the sub branch President since 2007.I finally got off my rear end and got my Foundation Ham Radio Licence in October 2010 and plan to upgrade to Standard Class soon and then onto Advanced.

I live with my wife Sharan, Married 1985, and one of my four children in Highfields Queensland. I also have a daughter and a son living in Toowoomba and a son serving with the Australian Army who lives in Townsville.

73 de Steve





Where I live.......

Highfields, a rural town of 8012 people (2011 Census), is on the outskirts of metropolitan Toowoomba, 12 km north of the city's centre. It was probably named after a Highfields pastoral run, north of where the township was formed. The area was originally know by the local Indigenous name of Koojarewon.

The well-timbered Highfields area attracted timber-getters and by the 1860s there were numerous sawmills operating in the district. The passage of the Lands Act 1868 attracted further settlement, as did the 1867 completion of a narrow gauge railway line from Toowoomba to Ipswich, ascending the main range through Highfields to Murphy's Creek. Many of the rail workers remained in the Highfields district once the line was complete. The railway transported timber, and shortly afterwards dairy produce from the farm selections taken up on the cleared hills.

Highfields village began in the 1870s with a school (1870) and a Lutheran church (1879). The post office directory (1924) recorded the Highfields store, the Range View Hotel and a white steepled Lutheran church (1907). About half the farm families had German names.

The main township in the area was Carbarlah (north of Highfields), and its court house became administrative offices of the Highfields local-government division (proclaimed 1879). From 1883 Cabarlah enjoyed a short-lived status as a regional railhead when the second rail line extending from Toowoomba terminated at the town, prior to its extension to Crows Nest three years later.

The 1879 Divisional Board was proclaimed as Highfields Shire in 1903, and was impressive in its area. It extended northwards from the outskirts of Toowoomba nearly to Cooyar, approximating an area of 700 sq miles. In 1913 it was reduced with the severance of the newly formed Crows Nest Shire, more than halving Highfields Shire's population. A decline in timbering and dairying inflicted further population losses, to a postwar figure of about 1700 people.


Highfields Shire, amalgamated with Crows Nest Shire in March 1949.

While the original shire may have declined and disappeared, the township of Highfields has experienced considerable urbanisation, developing as a satellite community of Toowoomba. In 1991 Highfields' population overtook that of Crows Nest, and during the next ten years grew almost threefold, comprising over one-third of the entire Crows Nest Shire population by 2001. Subdivision of former dairy properties has resulted in considerable rural-residential, and ancillary development; a drive-in shopping centre and indoor sports centre were opened in 2003-04.

Highfields has a comprehensive shopping centre, a cultural centre, a pioneer village, a swimming pool and other recreation facilities, a primary school, Toowoomba Christian College (1979), and a Catholic primary school (2003).




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