QLD State election 2017 – Life promises to get even more hectic for new MP

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on December 9 2017.   THREE months ago, Townsville jet ski operator Nick Dametto was running his business. Now he’s the new Member of Parliament for Hinchinbrook. The Ingham-born Dametto was headhunted by Katter’s Australian Party personally with a call from Federal MP…

QLD State Election 2017 – Bats top of wishlist

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on November 22 2017. WHEN it comes to Saturday’s State Election, Hinchinbrook Shire Mayor Ramon Jayo is looking to the successful Hinchinbrook candidate to combat the ongoing bat management issues in the district. Cr Jayo said the candidates were “ducking around the issue”…

QLD State Election 2017 – Diversification, crime top of Cripps’ agenda

This article was originally published in print in the Herbert River Express on November 22 2017. PROFILE: LIBERAL NATIONAL PARTY CANDIDATE ANDREW CRIPPS ANDREW Cripps has put his hand up to fight to retain his seat in the Hinchinbrook electorate in the State Election. The incumbent MP, a member of the Liberal National Party, says…

QLD State Election 2017

This year’s Queensland State Election was the first time I’ve ever reported on an election. I spent a month chasing each pollie (politician, for the non-Aussies) for the Hinchinbrook electorate to produce a profile on each of them and photographed them with reference to their election policies, thoughts on specific local issues and a background…

News stories – Students help to honour sacrifices of war heroes

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on October 14 2017. A SCHOOL in Ingham has launched a group project by students researching WWI soldiers as part of the state’s first digital honour roll. Students from Gilroy Santa Maria College, and teacher Sarah Dunn launched the WW1 Link Project Club…

News stories – Paying our respects (Anzac Day feature)

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on April 22 2017. This story was part of a 2-page Anzac Day feature. AS WE honour those who fought for our country, Hinchinbrook residents can join the community to remember Australian soldiers lost at war. Anzac Day services and events will be…

Cardwell UFO Festival – Town is filling up fast

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. ACCOMMODATION will be welcoming extraterrestrial enthusiasts with open arms as they converge on Cardwell…

News stories – In Daniel’s memory

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on July 30 2017. PRIMARY school principals in the district were spreading the safety message when the parents of slain schoolboy Daniel Morcombe’s parents, Bruce and Denise, came to town. The pair were in the district to talk with primary school children. On…

News stories – Tragedy serves to drive Morcombe’s

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on July 30 2017. IT’S THE story Queenslanders are all too familiar with — the then 13-year-old boy who was kidnapped from a bus stop on the Sunshine Coast in 2003 whose remains was found in 2011. Daniel was the son of Bruce…

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….