News stories – Countdown to F-Day: Fluoride removed from water

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on May 6 2017 THE fluoridation taps have been turned off as Hinchinbrook Shire makes the transition towards becoming a fluoride-free council area. Council ceased adding fluoride to the town’s water supply at the Ingham, Forrest Beach and Lower Herbert water treatment plants…

News stories – The results are in: Poll reveals 50.7 per cent opposes fluoride

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on March 1   2017 A RATEPAYER-funded phone poll survey has revealed nearly 51 per cent of residents have opposed fluoride in the Hinchinbrook town’s drinking water supply. Hinchinbrook Shire Council has backflipped on its decision on keeping mum on the results until later…

News stories – Community service for wallet thief

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on June 7 2017 A 53-YEAR-OLD Ingham woman has pleaded guilty to stealing a wallet in a crime of opportunity. Sharon Ann Jang stole the wallet, containing several hundred dollars in cash, outside Woolworths Supermarket, Ingham. In the Ingham Magistrates Court, Prosecutor Subarna…

Court reporting – Cannabis find lands man in court

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on June 3 2017 A 21-YEAR-OLD Ingham man has pleaded guilty to several drug related offences and contravening a domestic violence order at Ingham Magistrates Court last Thursday. Brook Peter Bressler appeared in court charged with possessing utensils or pipes for use, possessing…

News stories – Ranger to work on the historic Kokoda

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on March 15 2017 A CARDWELL ranger is among a group to help villagers living near the famed Kokoda Track to prepare for the upcoming trekking season. Alex Tessieri will work with rangers and locals in Papua New Guinea in a 10-day project,…

News stories – Councillors set to vote on fluoride issue

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on March 25 2017 HINCHINBROOK Shire Council Councillors will cast their votes for or against the removal of fluoride in the town’s water supply on Tuesday. Nearly 51 per cent of residents opposed fluoridated water in a ratepayer funded phone poll by ReachTel…

Sport – League experience turns into gridiron glory

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on April 29 2017 AN INGHAM born-and-bred league player could soon be representing Australia in Gridiron at the world championships. Grant Bisson, 15, will be fighting out for a spot at the Oceania qualifiers in Gold Coast later this year to represent Australia…

News stories – Cooking duo hit the right beets in treats

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on April  29 2017 WITH health-conscious eating on the rise two former Ingham State High School students have reopened their cafe serving the community healthy treats. The Beet Bar owners and sisters, Carly Chiesa, 29 and Megan Wessel, 27, have run their cafe…

Picture stories – 800 poppies for Anzac Day (Anzac Day feature)

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on April 22 2017 FOUR volunteers from the Everglow Community Care Links Incorporated Services group have knitted and crocheted 800 poppies ahead of Anzac Day. Angela Bonaccorsi, Alfina Leonardi, Grace Blanco and Santina Cross, created the sign, incorporating the knitted poppies, which was…

News stories – Art was Jeffery’s life after WWII (Anzac Day 2017 feature)

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on April 22 2017 A FORREST Beach World War Two veteran’s wife will use Anzac Day to remember her husband who passed away aged 99 earlier this year. Edna Jeffery’s husband Frederick Leslie Jeffery, served in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) with deployments…

News stories – Breaking the mould vital for region’s future

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on April 22 2017 HERBERT Cane Productivity Services Limited manager Lawrence Di Bella said sugar cane would always be the region’s major crop, but breaking cane monoculture was important to ensure a sustainable cane industry long term. “Rotational cropping gives the cane industry…

Entertainment – BRIT Awards 2016

This piece was written for the entertainment writing section of the print pathway of my MA International Journalism at City University London. We had to watch the ceremony on television then submit the piece with an international audience in mind by midnight that same day. Adele has broken the record for the most wins by…