Child Safety – A Great Investment At Any Time

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As National Farm Safety Week continues, there’s a very salient message from Chairman of Farmsafe Australia, Charles Armstrong. “As farmers, our most precious gift is our children.” Mr Armstrong says, tragically, too many children are injured or even worse killed on our farms each … [Read more...]

New Vegetation Laws are “Nothing to Fear.”

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In what’s proving to be ‘news’ to residents and farmers in Our Towns, Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham says farmers and townships have nothing to fear from the State Government’s new vegetation management laws. He’s mobilized Vegetation Officers from the Department to regional … [Read more...]

Rural Women Driving Safety On Farms

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It’s a reality - Women play an important role as drivers of safety change on farms, according to Farmsafe Australia Chairman Charles Armstrong and he says this National Farm Safety Week females on farms are key. He’s asking women to follow the lead of two South Australian’s who have been busy … [Read more...]

It’s National Farm Safety Week

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In 2017, tractors and quads bikes were the leading causes of on-farm fatalities- 68 on-farm fatalities, higher than the previous year which recorded 63. Nine of those 68 deaths involved a child aged under 15 years. An additional 179 non-fatal on-farm injuries were recorded. This farm safety … [Read more...]

State’s Grey Nomad Tax to slug South West Tourism


A “direct blow” to Western Queensland tourism is the label member for Warrego Ann Leahy is giving to the new State on Campervans and Motorhomes, that commenced on 1st July 2018. Ms Leahy says the tax will hurt regional tourism across the South West Region. "The regions are hoping for a … [Read more...]

Grants Now Open


The FRR/ANZ Seeds of Renewal program, which aims to help build vibrant and sustainable rural communities, is now accepting applications for a share of $250,000 in funding. The program is open for communities with few than 15,000 people. This year applications are open to community groups in … [Read more...]

Abandoned Vessel at Cid Harbour to Go.

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That derelict ship stranded on pristine Whitsunday Island is finally moving. The 30-metre steel-hull ship MV Banks which has been stranded on the shoreline near Cid Harbour since being washed up by Cyclone Debbie last year. Airlie Beach contractor Coral Coast Oceaneering connected a line to … [Read more...]

Queensland Crocodile Management Update Released


“The Government is confident that Queensland’s approach to crocodile management is sound.”… That’s the word from Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch who has released the annual Queensland Crocodile Management Update today. The report shows the department has removed record numbers of problem … [Read more...]

More Support for Farmers in Drought

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The Federal Government is launching a newly created Farm Liaison Officer role based in Longreach to assist farmers, business and communities to better connect with existing drought support measures available. Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud says The Farm Liaison Officer work with … [Read more...]

New Shared Cycle and Pedestrian Paths for Bowen


Two new shared paths have been completed this month on Queens Road and Argyle Park Road in Bowen. With a combined length of 2.5 kilometres, the two 2.5-metre-wide paths, they’ve been designed according to Whitsunday Council with safety and accessibility in mind. Mayor Andrew Willcox says the … [Read more...]