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Winner of the 2015 Rural Press Club's Excellence in Rural Photography Award
‘Terry Nimble’ by Fiona Harding, Townsville Bulletin

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IFAJ Cairns | Pre-Congress tour - October 8-12th 2015

Notice of Special General Meeting

 Notice is hereby given that the SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING of the RURAL PRESS CLUB (QLD) will be held on Monday, 24 August 2015 at the United Services Club, 183 Wickham Tce, Brisbane commencing at 5.30pm to:

1. To amend the Constitution of the Rural Press Club in accordance with the Notice of Special General Meeting.

The meeting is open to financial members only. If you are unable to be present on the day and wish to nominate a proxy, please complete a Special General Meeting proxy form, which can be downloaded from the website and return to Alan Ernst, Executive Officer, Rural Press Club (QLD), PO Box 13648, Brisbane QLD 4000 or by C.O.B on Friday, 21 August 2015

Special General Meeting Proxy Form      Notice of Special General Meeting     RPC Constitution

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the RURAL PRESS CLUB (QLD) will be held on Monday, 24 August 2015 at the United Services Club, 183 Wickham Tce, Brisbane commencing at 5.40pm to:

1. Receipt of the President’s report, the statement of income and expenditure, assets and liabilities of the association for the preceding financial year.
2. Receipt of the auditor’s report for the preceding financial year;
3. Election of office bearers of the Executive Committee;
4. Appointment of an auditor; and
5.  General business.

The meeting is open to financial members only. If you are unable to be present on the day and wish to nominate a proxy, please complete an AGM proxy form, which can be downloaded from the website and return to Alan Ernst, Executive Officer, Rural Press Club (QLD), PO Box 13648, Brisbane QLD 4000 or by C.O.B on Friday, 21 August 2015.

AGM Proxy form          Nomination for Executive Committee   Notice of Annual General Meeting


Rural Press Club Breakfast - Australia’s largest beef market – a view from the butcher shop windowThursday 6 August, 6.30am for 7am start at The Royal International Convention Centre, RNA Showgrounds.
The McDonald family are recognised as one of Australia's largest private cattle producers running 175,000 head across 11 properties and a feedlot in Queensland. So when the McDonald family took the reins of Super Butcher in July 2012 - an independent domestic meat retailer in southeast Queensland – it turned more than a few beef industry heads. More information and to book



Farm biosecurity is the key to containment

Speaking at the Rural Press Club in July, Australian Bananas Growers’ Council Chairman Doug Phillips said he believed farm biosecurity was the key to containing the threat of one of the most destructive diseases of banana plants, Panama disease Tropical Race 4 (TR4) to the Queensland banana industry.
TR4 is an earthborn fungal disease spread by the movement of infected plant material, infested soil and contaminated water. Read more.....

Rabobank award recognises Australia’s top rural broadcast journalist


ABC Rural reporter from far north Queensland, Charlie McKillop, has won the country’s top award for rural broadcasting.

Charlie was presented with the Rabobank Australian Star Prize for Rural Broadcasting at a lunch hosted by the Rural Press Club of Queensland in Brisbane (16 July). Read more....

Biofuels ignites a lively discussion at Rural Press Club

The Rural Press Club hosted a lively discussion on the merits and downsides of expanding Queensland's biofuels industry at a lunch event in Brisbane on 19 June.  Guest speaker was the State's Energy Minister, the Hon. Mark Bailey MP who outlined his Government's plans for the biofuels industry including setting a proposed production target that would initially see two percent of all fuel in Queensland be ethanol based. The State Government released a Discussion Paper in early June followed by a series of public forums across regional centres such as Dalby, Bundaberg and Mareeba.  Read more

National award for Townsville photographer

Townsville Bulletin senior photographer Fiona Harding has won a national rural photo award for the second year in succession.

Her image of Normanton ringer and keen rodeo rider Terry Nimble was judged best in the people category in the 2015 Australian Star Prize for Rural Photography.

Published in The Bulletin in August last year, it won the Queensland Rural Press Club Excellence in Rural Photography Award before being submitted for national judging.  The photo is featured in the left hand panel on this page.

CPC in conversation at Beef 2015

Troy Setter the CEO of Australia's largest privately owned cattle producer, Consolidated Pastoral Company shared his insights on a wide

range of beef industry topics at the special Rural Press Club breakfast held at Beef 2015 in Rockhampton in May.

Troy held sway with the audience of 375 people in a unique conversation style presentation facilitated by former Rockhampton lad and ABC Qld Country Hour presenter Craig Zonca.  Read more...


Student Journalism Competition – win a trip to Cairns

Queensland journalism students with a passion for rural stories are invited to enter an exciting new competition from The Rural Press Club of Queensland.

The overall prize is a trip to Cairns in October 2015 to meet agricultural journalists from around the world and to produce your own rural story. Read more...

Technology helping to unearth what lies beneath - RPC celebrates 2015 International Year of Soils

Renowned international soil scientist and Research Director for Sustaining Soil and Landscapes in the Agriculture Flagship of CSIRO, Mike Grundy, unearthed the secrets of Queensland soils and why they really matter at the April Rural Press Club lunch.

The event was organized with support from the Queensland chapter of Soil Science Australia to celebrate 2015 as the International Year of Soils and to help raise awareness about the contribution of our soils to our economy, environment and lifestyle. Read more...

New minister outlines his commitment to QLD farmers

Newly-appointed Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, the Hon. Bill Byrne MP spoke about his commitment to represent Queensland producers and farmers at a packed Rural Press Club luncheon held in Brisbane on 27 March.

Mr Byrne said he has already spoken privately with Federal counterpart Barnaby Joyce, saying he wants to put politics aside for the benefit of rural Queenslanders.   Read more....

Looking forward to a year of iterning at the Rural Press Club

Please welcome Abby-Lee (Abby) Woods who is the Club’s intern journalist for 2015.

Abby is a final year student at the University of Queensland and has this to say about her internship year with us.  Read more...

Biosecurity story wins 2015 Queensland Rural Journalism Award

A story about a watermelon disease outbreak that has prompted a rethink of Australia’s biosecurity controls on imported seeds has won this year’s prestigious Queensland Excellence in Rural Journalism Award.

Queensland ABC Rural Reporter Marty McCarthy was announced as the overall winner of the 2015 Rural Media Awards at a Rural Press Club of Queensland function in Brisbane today.  Read more...

We can all be advocates for agriculture to ensure a more food secure world

International animal health executive Jeff Simmons believes everyone with an interest in agriculture has the opportunity to personally influence and

tackle the world’s growing food security challenge.

Speaking at the Rural Press Club in Brisbane on Thursday 18 February, Mr Simmons said mobile phones and activism had created more policy change in recent times than over the past 60 years and that it was time that agriculture also used these same tools. Read more...


2015 Food Security Journalism Award launched

The Crawford Fund’s 2015 Food Security Journalism award was officially launched at this month’s food security focused event hosted by the Rural Press Club (RPC) of Queensland.

Crawford Fund board member, Professor Kaye Basford, said the award aims to encourage working Australian journalists to investigate the important roles that agricultural research, training and rural development play in global food security. Read more...

Queensland votes 2015 – agriculture issues under the spotlight

The Rural Press Club of Queensland hosted a special breakfast function focused on agricultural policies of the major political parties

on Thursday 29 January – just two days out from the 2015 State election.

Guest speaker, Dr Paul Williams, a political scientist and commentator from Griffith University, provided an interesting analysis of the election campaign including a seat by seat prediction for rural and regional Queensland. Read more....

2015 Queensland Rural Media Awards - NOW OPEN

Applications are now open for the 2015 Queensland Rural Media Awards and journalists, photographers and bloggers from across Queensland and nationally are encouraged to apply.

The awards recognise stories, photographs or blogs published or broadcast from 1st January and 31st December 2014 including:

Excellence in Rural Journalism Awards – four categories (prize value $5000 to attend International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress in New Zealand in Oct 2014)

Excellence in Rural Photography Awards- three categories (prize value $1000)

Rural Social Media Award – one category (prize value $500)

Entries must be received by Friday, 27 February 2015. The winners will be announced in March 2015.

View full application details

Rural Press Club celebrates end of a busy 2014

Another big year has drawn to a close for the Rural Press Club of Queensland with more than 100 members and guests rolling up to the

 Club’s Xmas function at the ABC South Bank Studios on 26 November.

Many took the opportunity again to tour the facilities before enjoying the food and drinks on the ABC balcony with its spectacular views across the Brisbane River and CBD.
There were a number of special guests in attendance including the ABC Managing Director Mark Scott who was in Brisbane to brief staff on the recent budget cuts. Read more....

2015 Queensland Rural Media Awards launched

The Rural Press Club of Queensland is in search of the State’s most outstanding journalists, photographers and social media bloggers for excellence in capturing the stories and images of rural Queensland with the launch of their 2015 Rural Media Awards tonight.

The annual Awards are a key initiative of the Rural Press Club that seeks to recognise the wonderful contribution of media professionals covering rural and regional issues in Queensland.

This year’s overall winner, ABC Radio Rural Reporter Cassandra Hough from ABC Toowoomba won a national and international award for her multimedia entry about an historic cattle drive. Read more.....

Panel debates selling sustainable agriculture

In October the Rural Press Club hosted a lively panel discussion about Australia’s global contribution to sustainable farming.The panel mo

derated by James Nason from Beef Central included Cotton Australia’s Adam Kay, Tony Gleeson from Australian Land Management Group, and Queensland beef producer Ian McCamley. Mr Kay started the discussion, saying that while America is the world’s largest exporter of cotton, the nation is not Australia’s

main competitor. Read more......

A wee dram to farming success

RPC Life Member Gordon Collie attended the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) World Congress in Scotland in Septem

ber and here he offers a few first impressions of farming UK style…..

Welcome to the land of the mouldboard plough.
The Aberdeen region, venue for the 2014 IFAJ World Congress, was as pretty

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