Cardwell UFO Festival – Screening for Screams

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on October 14 2017. This article was published as part of a 4-page feature on the Cardwell UFO Festival. The full feature was also published in the Innisfail Advocate. THE STAR and producer of an award-winning horror movie filmed in North Queensland will…

Cardwell UFO festival – Witness to a strange sight more than once

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on October 14 2017. This article was published as part of a 4-page feature on the Cardwell UFO Festival. The full feature was also published in the Innisfail Advocate. AS THE Cardwell UFO Festival fast approaches, a Hinchinbrook resident is reminiscing about when…

News stories – The fun will be out there at UFO festival

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on September 2 2017. A UFO has “landed” in Cardwell as interest in Australia’s-only UFO Festival from interstate and overseas starts to grow. The festival will be held on October 21. Festival organiser Thea Ormonde says the search is on — for volunteers….

The search is on — for festival volunteers

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on September 2 2017. THE search is on — for volunteers, of course. Cardwell UFO Festival organisers are on the lookout for fans of all things extraterrestrial as volunteers at the festival. The festival will be held next month. The volunteer sign up…

Sport – Torn between two champion teams

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on September 27 2017. AN INGHAM woman who attended the same high school as Billy Slater and Scott Bolton will see her family divided by the results of the NRL grand final this weekend. Deanna Swarbrick will be watching the final from the…

Sport – Kurt joins stampede to Sydney

This article was originally published in print in Townsville Bulletin on September 27 2017. A DEDICATED Ingham Cowboys fan has shelled out $900 for flights to his first ever NRL grand final experience. Kurt Sullivan, who has been a Cowboys fan “for as long as I can remember”, went to his first game when he…

Sport – Jessica’s balancing act

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on July 21 2017. A GILROY Santa Maria College Year 9 student will be flying high when she competes in gymnastics at a meet in Hughenden next month. Jessica Waller, 14, will compete on the bars, beam, floor and vault at the Hughenden…

Sport – Ethan shines in national school win over NSW

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on September 2 2017. A YEAR 7 Ingham State High School student won player of the match at a national schoolboy rugby league competition in Melbourne. Earlier this month Ethan Carbone represented Queensland at the national championships with his team winning the grand…

Sport – Efforts result in gold

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on August 26 2017. A LOCAL gymnast has returned from a gymnastics competition in Hughenden earlier this month with a handful of medals and a trophy in tow. Jessica Waller, 14, competed in vault, bar, beams and floor at the Hughenden Gymnastics Junior…

News stories – Return of the Italianos

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on August 25 2017. MY KITCHEN Rules favourite Italianos are set to return to Ingham next week to cook up a storm at the Australian Italian Festival. Contestants from the 2016 series — ‘The Italianos’ Luciano (Ippoliti) and Martino (Convertino) — will present…

News stories – A garden that has ‘a bit of everything’

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on August 19 2017.   A GARDENER who spends his days growing fruit and vegetables will feature in a cooking segment of Better Homes and Gardens. Luigi and Aprilia Montagner’s home was chosen as the venue for the program’s chef presenter, Ed ‘Fast…

News stories – Taking a ride on the stunt side

These articles were originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on August 12 2017 (The first article is a first person piece by me, and the second was an interview with the paper’s competition winner). Taking a ride on the stunt side: I’M NOT much of a revhead or an adrenaline junkie but…

Belles of the ball

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on July 29 2017. HERBERT River Express : For people attending the festival and the masquerade ball, what can people expect to see during your performance? Simone Nicole: We’re presenting a cabaret show that I wrote for myself and my colleague, Meg Kiddle….