News stories – Fruit bat report anger: immediate action required

This article was originally published in The Herbert River Express on March 8 2017. MAYOR Ramon Jayo has reacted with bitter disappointment to a Federal Government report into flying foxes that shows no real immediate outcomes for North Queensland communities. Cr Jayo said he was angry no one from the Federal Government had come to ask…

News stories – Something has to be done: chamber

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on February 7 2018. Hinchinbrook Chamber of Commerce president Rachael Coco says a park once used for weddings on weekends is now plagued with bats. Ms Coco said the bats were an eyesore and the stench unbearable in a town trying to increase…

News stories – Council to ‘pester’ govt to control bat numbers

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on December 20 2017. HINCHINBROOK Shire Mayor Ramon Jayo says council will continue to ask the State Government to act on their concerns about bat numbers in the region. “What the public needs to understand is that the Code does not allow actions…

News stories – Siblings gutted by heartless ashes theft

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on January 31 2018. TWO siblings have been left distraught after an urn containing their mother’s ashes were stolen from the New Ingham Cemetery. Sue Lundon and Barry Lynch, who reside in Tully, said they believed the stainless steel urn, topped with a…

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…