A song simply called Julia Creek has had nearly 90,000 views on Small Town Culture’s Facebook page after being released last Wednesday.
The student's from Julia Creek State School collaborated with Small Town Culture’s Josh Arnold to create a town song and music video about who they are and where they live.
Josh Arnold said it has spread far and wide.
“I’m blown away by the response to the song, it’s not a very big town and to get that many views shows people really loved it,” Mr Arnold said.
McKinlay Shire Mayor Belinda Murphy said the experience was a great collaboration between the school, the Council and also the State Government to receive funding through the Arts Queensland RADF Program.
“Josh Arnold is well-known in the North-West now after doing the Cloncurry song,” Cr Murphy said.
“The essence of the song shows the love the children have and hold close to their heart about Julia Creek and what it mean to live in the Shire.”
Mr Arnold said they had to write the lyrics via a Skype session beaming into the classroom.
“The discussions with the kids and the principal gave me a sense of the closeness of the community and the friendliness – they are really welcoming to outsiders.”
The film crew and Mr Arnold arrived on a weekend to film the music clip with the children.
“We completed all the filming over the weekend and the parents were also very supportive. Nothing was too much to ask,” he said.
“The kids did a great job.”
Mr Arnold also visited the Carpentaria Shire and produced another song with the children from Normanton and Karumba called Outback by the Sea.
“When we travel out to remote areas it’s always good to try and have a couple of projects to do while we’re there.”
“Karumba is beautiful. We watched the sunset over the ocean and Normanton was great, all the wetlands were full. It was a great time of year to be in the region,” he said.