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Diving into Dysart

Diving into Dysart

Have you ever been to Dysart? Even know where it is? I found it, a few hours drive inland from Mackay. Not much to see as a tourist, but a whole lot to find out as a guest. When I was invited to visit as part of a Theiss community project, here are the things I discovered in Dysart:

  • You can run a curry takeaway from your one bedroom unit.
  • The local IGA says it “knows what locals want”. But does it? Turns out blondes in Dysart want blonde hair toner more than anything. Oh, and single carrots (what does a single gal need with a whole 1kg packet?)
  • The teachers in the high school and primary school are working tirelessly to create a passion for reading and writing in a town dominated by mining families. And they’re winning. Grade 3 studentsThey embraced our the short story competition developed to spark local interest.


  • Sleeping in a mining donga is quieter than sleeping in most motel rooms.
  • Miners from the Lake Vermont mine site volunteer in Grade 3 classrooms to listen to reading on their days off.


  • The kids in Dysart will steal your heart away!

Want to come with me when I go back? Thanks Dysart for making me feel so welcome!

About Samantha Wheeler

Australian Children's Writer.

2 responses »

  1. ‘Miners from the Lake Vermont mine site volunteer in Grade 3 classrooms to listen to reading on their days off.’ How fabulous is that! What a way to make a difference in your school and community!! I am impressed!

  2. Wonderful, beautiful experience Sammy. Keep spreading a love for reading. Xoss


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