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Currently writing and photographing for the Herbert River Express in Ingham, North Queensland.

Australian Italian Festival:

Q&A I did with Cabaret and Broadway performer and award-winner SimoneNicole about her performance with actor and musician MegKiddle at Ingham’s biggest event of the year, the Australian Italian Festival.

Q&A I did with Melbourne-based actor and comedian James Liotta about his performance and MC duties at Ingham’s biggest event of the year, the #Australian Italian Festival.

Q&A I did with The Australian Tenors Murray Mayday ahead of three of the tenors performance at Ingham’s biggest event of the year, The Australian Italian Festival.

Breaking the mould vital for region’s future – this story looked at Ingham, and the Herbert River and Hinchinbrook regions looking at alternative cropping to sugar cane

EXCLUSIVE: ‘No more age drain’ with NQBE project – My first #exclusive! This story was about the NQBE renewable energy sugar cane factory, with construction set to commence in Ingham next year. It is understood the $640 million project, 100 per cent owned by its shareholders/farmers, will provide electricity to more than 28,000 homes

News stories – Art was Jeffery’s life after WWII (Anzac Day 2017 feature) – this story is about a World War Two vet who loved to write poetry and paint in his post war life


Queensland rangers sent to Papua New Guinea’s Kokoda Track for a conservation project ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign

Last month a 5.8m 17.5kg scrub python was located at Ingham‘s St Vinnie‘s charity story. This was the second time in four years a snake had slithered it’s way into the store.
I was on hand to capture the release of the snake by local snake handler, Mandi Koch


This story was published in print in Herbert River Express on June 14 2017. And was also published in Print and online in Townsville Bulletin, and online in Herald Sun and Courier Mail. This snake tale has been my most widely published story written for Herbert River Express

Health and fitness:

News stories – Cooking duo hit the right beets in treats – Ingham born and bred sisters Megan Wessel and Carly Chiesa, reopened their FlindersSt cafe The Beet Bar in #Townsville serving up the town with healthy grab-and-go treats


Councillors set to vote on fluoride issue

Fluoride-free by May & Council takes action to decommission plant

The results are in & Poll reveals 50.7 per cent opposes fluoride

Countdown to F-Day & Fluoride removed from water

Result tight-lipped & Dentist urges council to listen to expert advice

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


Sport – League experience turns into gridiron glory – An Ingham-born teen is taking Gridiron in QLD by storm and he’s only been playing since January!

Let the games begin: Commonwealth Games bid for the North