Thursday, September 29, 2022

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2020 flood repairs reach major milestone

The last of the 42 culverts and floodways that were severely impacted by the Southern Queensland Heavy Rainfall and Flooding event during February 2020 have now been replaced by Toowoomba Regional Council ... “Closing out the February 2020 Flood Recovery Works Program means that our teams can now turn all their attention to the Flood Recovery Program from the more recent flooding events”: Cr Carol Taylor.

Grants deliver $27k+ for community

Five local groups are among winners from the latest round of Toowoomba Regional Council community grants, with RM Equestrian Centre securing the lion’s share of the $27,106.59 total. Across the Region, 54 successful applications totalled $237,437.76 and 16 applications were not approved.

Harrow changes hands

The historic Harrow Homestead between Cambooya and Southbrook has been sold for $18,803,300. The expansive property on Cambooya Felton Road covers 1568 hectares or 3874.6 acres.

Coalition Senators move to remove the nuclear ban

Nine Coalition Senators have moved today to remove the ban on nuclear power in Australia by introducing a Private Senators Bill ... “Australia’s unusual legislative ban against nuclear power was moved and debated with less than 30 minutes of debate in the Senate. But the nuclear ban may cause decades of pain if we continue to deny our country reliable power alternatives": Senator Canavan.

Beef hides and livers – the secret ingredients in new skincare and supplement products

A new, eco-friendly range of collagen products made using traditionally low-value bovine inputs such as hides and livers will soon deliver benefits across the entire beef value chain. This world-first Certified Organic collagen skincare and supplements range is the highly anticipated result of a collaboration between MLA and Freeze Dry Industries (FDI), a manufacturer based on the Sunshine Coast.

Allora Golf Course celebrates 25th anniversary

The current Allora Golf Course will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, with a golf day and BBQ planned for Sunday 2nd October. We say “current” because this golf course is actually the third one in Allora. The first Allora Golf Club was formed in June 1927 and the course opened in August 1927.

Grave concerns over Inland Rail

A small South East Queensland council holds grave concerns over the future of their community as Inland Rail proceeds full steam ahead with plans to rip through the heart of their towns ... “We have been raising our concerns since this project was first announced and continue to advocate for our community in our ongoing objection to the unreasonable impacts of Inland Rail": Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor, Cr Tanya Milligan.

Traditional Owners likely to take over Coen facility

The state government appears likely to hand the keys to the Cape York Biosecurity Centre to local Traditional Owners, with no plans to keep a permanent biosecurity presence. Cape York Weekly can reveal the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has been in talks with the Cape York Land Council about giving the facility to Traditional Owners when it shuts down, which could be in a matter of months.

Local hero bows out a champion

Cliffy Pearson retired from rodeo in fine style on Saturday night, taking top points in the open saddle bronc in front of adoring fans at the Hope Vale Bulls and Broncs event. The win was bittersweet for Pearson, who dedicated it in honour of Roxanne Hart, who passed away recently.

More of the great koala scam: Vic Jurskis

Back in May, NSW’s Natural Resources Commission and Department of Primary Industries, as well as three universities, quietly published a report about forest monitoring. It states that north coast koala populations have been stable for the last five years, despite 30 per cent of koala habitat being burnt by the disastrous Black Summer megafires ... NSW bureaucrats obviously know that the koala population wasn’t adversely affected by Black Summer. So, one wonders why they’re not shouting the good news from the rooftops.

Rockhampton Regional Council to launch annual animal inspection program

Rockhampton Regional Council will be launching a Systematic Animal Inspection Program across all properties within the Rockhampton Local Government Area ... “This program allows Council to ensure that animal owners are following all relevant Local Laws, which are intended to protect the welfare of animals...": Planning and Regulation Councillor Grant Mathers.

Build it and they will come: freshwater anglers to reap rewards of fish habitat trial: FRDC

Log cabins and synthetic trees are part of a successful trial of fish-attracting structures in Queensland which could be just the boon freshwater fishers have been angling for ... the dam stretches over 500 hectares and the hunting ground was too spread out, the fish too hard to find.

Croc clickbait is dangerous, says business owner

Samuel Davis. A man who has experienced one too many encounters with crocs in Cape York has blasted the publisher of a “dangerous” video that shows the apex predator being fed out of the side of a boat. In a 12-second clip posted to Facebook, a saltwater croc snatches a fish tossed at its snout by fishermen as the vessel nears a muddy mangrove.

Central Queensland battery charges ahead: Miles

Central Queensland is stepping up in Queensland’s renewable energy revolution with cheap, clean energy now being exported via a new grid connected battery at Tanby, south of Yeppoon ... “It means renewable energy made during Central Queensland’s many sunny days can be stored to use during peak demand periods in the evening": Deputy Premier and State Development Minister Steven Miles .

Councils join forces in fight against Fireweed

Two South-East Queensland councils are joining forces in their fight against Fireweed, as the invasive pest carpets their regions. Adding to the regular treatments to the councils’ roads and reserves, Somerset Regional Council and Lockyer Valley Regional Council are banding together, actively encouraging landholders to identify and treat Fireweed on their property to reduce its spread.

Mural encapsulates the history of Fraser Coast fishing

A mural depicting the history of fishing on the Fraser Coast has been painted on the side wall of the Urangan Fisheries cold store which faces Fishermans Park ... “It links the Butchulla and European history of fishing in the region,” Councillor Zane O’Keefe said ... Watch the video.

Q&A with OBE Organic MD, Dalene Wray

After the release of OBE Organic's Sustainability Report 2022 earlier this year, Australian Rural & Regional News found out a little more about what's involved in farming organic beef in the vast Channel Country and how it came to be Australia's oldest organic beef company from OBE Organic's Managing Director, Dalene Wray.

Be line aware when hazard reduction burning

During the next few months, many Queensland property owners will be conducting hazard reduction burns to reduce the fuel load to minimise the risk to their properties ahead of fire season ... “In my roles, both with Ergon Energy and also as a volunteer rural firefighter I get to see a lot of examples where fire and electrical assets don’t mix”: Ergon Energy Group Leader, Craig Maddy.

Vale View State School prepares for STEM future

Seven schools in the Darling Downs South West region, including Vale View State School, are taking part in the Additive Manufacturing and STEM 3D Printing Primary Schools Project ... “Finding creative ways to teach STEM to children will ensure we capture the next generation of problem solvers and will prevent a skills shortage that could affect important industries such as manufacturing”: Queensland Minister for Manufacturing Glenn Butcher.

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