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….

Q&A session with a visiting tenor

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on August 2 2017. HERBERT River Express: For people who will be attending the festival, what can people expect to see during your performance? Principal Australian Tenors tenor Murray Mayday: We are going to present some of the well know and familiar Italian…

Liotta keen to be back for festival

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 they expect to see with your role as MC for the ball, the festival and the ball as a whole? James Liotta: I always bring…

News stories – EXCLUSIVE: ‘No more age drain’ with NQBE project

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on July 19 2017 North Queensland Bio-Energy (NQBE) predicts their $640 million renewable energy sugar cane mill project could solve Ingham’s “serious ageing population problem”. NQBE chairman Robert Carey said after last Saturday’s announcement the project was on schedule for financial closure this…

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 – 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…