February 2016

Published a story 3rd Feb 2016 11:43 AM

BUSH poet and comic Dave Proust didn’t intend to send a stark political message about foreign ownership in Australia when he wrote his now-viral poem The Auction.

VIDEO: Tragedy of drought and foreign land ownership told

BUSH poet and comic Dave Proust didn’t intend to send a stark political message about foreign ownership in Australia when he wrote his now-viral poem The Auction.

January 2016

Published a story 18th Jan 2016 8:07 AM

Becoming a journalist had opened my world and took me to places I never thought I would never go

OPINION: Paper for the community kind

Becoming a journalist had opened my world and took me to places I never thought I would never go

Published a story 15th Jan 2016 12:12 PM

THE Angus family’s Bloomsbury property now has a higher carrying capacity, their breeders have a better calving rate and their stock has become a very “quiet” mob.

Growing with a change

THE Angus family’s Bloomsbury property now has a higher carrying capacity, their breeders have a better calving rate and their stock has become a very “quiet” mob.

Published a story 13th Jan 2016 11:53 AM

DAVE Ethell describes himself as “an old bloke who takes a few pictures”.

Shooting talents

DAVE Ethell describes himself as “an old bloke who takes a few pictures”.

Published a story 11th Jan 2016 8:38 AM

WITH a heavy heart, I am now announcing in print I am going to leave Mackay.

OPINION: Farewell beautiful Mackay region

WITH a heavy heart, I am now announcing in print I am going to leave Mackay.

Published a story 6th Jan 2016 8:10 AM

THE colour of the water is revolting in Midge Point but apparently it's safe to drink.

EDITORIAL: Woes hard to swallow

THE colour of the water is revolting in Midge Point but apparently it's safe to drink.

December 2015

Published a story 28th Dec 2015 9:20 AM

SOMETIMES you don’t realise how much fun you were having until years later when that time is just a memory.

OPINION: Treasure the time you are in...

SOMETIMES you don’t realise how much fun you were having until years later when that time is just a memory.

Published a story 21st Dec 2015 11:24 AM

HAVE you noticed the Year in Review on Facebook?

OPINION: Better memories on Facebook

HAVE you noticed the Year in Review on Facebook?

Published a story 19th Dec 2015 8:45 AM

THE release of OP scores can feel nothing short of terrifying for young minds.

EDITORIAL: Nothing but a number

THE release of OP scores can feel nothing short of terrifying for young minds.

Published a story 17th Dec 2015 3:44 PM

With 150 new jobs, Stanmore Coal has certainly give the region on the of best Christmas presents

EDITORIAL: Mine jobs perfect gift

With 150 new jobs, Stanmore Coal has certainly give the region on the of best Christmas presents

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I come from a family of proud stockmen and when I was younger my weekends and school holidays where always filled with riding horses and mustering cattle. There isn’t a job I would rather be doing. There are not too many jobs where you learn something new every day. I have struck a good balance in Mackay and I love that I can work at the busy newspaper and I still have time to compete at Campdrafts on the weekends. I am still a country girl at heart and I think Mackay still feels that little bit country as well.