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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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RPC celebrate Xmas 2015 at ABC South Bank

2015 is rapidly coming to a close and on behalf of the Committee of the Rural Press Club of Queensland we’d like to sincerely thank you and all our members and guests for your fantastic support of the Club’s activities over the past 12 months.
So come relax and celebrate some Christmas cheer at our Xmas Party to be held on Thursday 3 December at the ABC Studios at South Bank in Brisbane. Special thanks to the ABC Queensland team for kindly agreeing to host the Club’s Xmas Party again this year, back by popular request. More information and to book


$40,000 raised at drought-relief dinner at Parliament House

The #BootTheDrought dinner hosted by the Rural Press Club of Queensland on the Speaker’s Green at Parliament House on Friday 13 November raised $40,000 for rural charities helping families and communities in drought affected regions across Queensland.

About 350 patrons put on their black ties and best boots and enjoyed a great night of food, drink, entertainment and a charity auction with proceeds going to three charities – the Western Queensland Drought Appeal; Queensland Country Women’s Association, and Buy A Bale. Read more.....

Kidworth Station comes to town - The 2nd CEO Outback Business Summit, Parliament House, Brisbane – Nov 13

Summit gathers leading business thinkers to find solutions for more agile and resilient agriculture.
Some of Australia’s leading business minds from agriculture and other industries will come together for a high impact summit in Brisbane next month (November 13) to explode new opportunities for farmers to access capital in drought stricken rural and regional Australia. Read more.....

Four Australians win world rural journalism awards

Charlie McKillop from ABC Cairns and Fiona Harding from the Townsville Bulletin - were among four Australian rural journalists and photographers to have won prestigious world awards for their work, as announced in New Zealand on October 15.

The Star Prize Awards ceremony was a highlight of the 2015 World Congress of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) held in the NZ North Island city of Hamilton.  Read more...

Landline founder in Hall of Fame

Long time television journalist and founder of the ABC TV Landline program, Kerry Lonergan was formally inducted into the Rural

Press Club’s Rural Journalism Hall of Fame at a special event held in Longreach on Friday, 25 September. Read more....

How agriculture is empowering Indigenous Australians

A significant pastoral company has been doing a lot more than producing beef over the last 20 years.

At a special Rural Press Club dinner in Cairns on October 9, an audience of Australian and International journalists heard from Garry Cook, General Manager of the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) on how agriculture is empowering Indigenous Australians. Read more.....

Australian agribusiness urged to join the Long March to Mutual Prosperity with China

With a smattering of witty idioms and some personal anecdotes, Alfred Chung urged a marquee full of Australian farmers

and agribusiness fi

gures to seize the day and join a Long March to Mutual Prosperity through meaningful trade relationships with China.

The Toowoomba Turf Club was the venue for the Rural Press Club’s breakfast which was co-hosted with Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) to kick off their two-day Ag in the Asian Century Conference. Read more...

Jim Bowden appointed secretary of forestry educational trust fund


Long-time agricultural writer Jim Bowden, a foundation member of the Rural Press Club of Queensland, has been appointed national secretary of the forest industry’s J.W. Gottstein Educational Trust Fund. Read more...


AGM Wrap

Another solid and successful year for RPC in 2014-15

The Rural Press Club of Queensland held its Annual General Meeting in Brisbane on 24 August. Read more...

Landline wins 2015 Qld Clarion for The Big Dry

ABC TV Landline’s Pip Courtney and Caitlyn Gribbin have won the Rural Journalism Award at the 2015 Queensland Clarion Awards for their story The Big Dry highlighting the plight of farmers in western Queensland now facing their fourth year of drought. Read more...

Kerry Lonergan inducted into Rural Journalism Hall of Fame



 Long time television journalist and founder of the ABC TV Landline program, Kerry Lonergan has been inducted into the Rural Press Club of Queensland’s Rural Journalism Hall of Fame. The award was announced at the Club’s annual Ekka breakfast in Brisbane held on 6 August. Read more....


Hannah heads to Cairns as student journalism winner

University of Queensland student, Hannah Hardy was announced as the winner of The Rural Press Club’s student journalist competition at the Club’s 2015 Ekka breakfast.  As part of her prize, Hannah will travel to Cairns in October to attend the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) pre-congress tour focusing on Tropical Agriculture. Read more.....

$12,000 raised for Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton

An amazing $12,000 has been raised at the Rural Press Club’s annual Ekka breakfast to support the rebuilding of the iconic Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton which was destroyed by fire on 18th of June this year.
The Rural Press Club hosted a special auction which saw three donated prizes raise almost $10,000 thanks to the spirited efforts of young auctioneer, Joshua Heck from Savage Barker and Backhouse in Rockhampton and the wonderful support of some very generous bidders. Read more...

Australia’s domestic beef market- a view from the butcher shop window

Susan McDonald, Managing Director of Super Butcher delivered this year’s Malcolm McCosker Memorial Address at the Rural Press Club’s EKKA breakfast, kicking off the 2015 Royal Queensland Show.

Ms McDonald discussed the challenges for the Australian beef industry in meeting the current burgeoning international beef demand while at the same time supporting the important domestic beef market. Read more....

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 wa

s 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...


Our 2015/2016 corporate members are: ABC Landline, AgForce, ANZ Australia, AustSafe Super, CANEGROWERS, CBRE , ClarkeKann Lawyers, Clovely Estate , Colliers International Pty Ltd, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers, Deloitte, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Emanate Legal, GasFields Commission Qld, Herron Todd White , Holding Redlich, KordaMentha, Lion Dairy & Drinks, McCullough Robertson, McGrathNicol, Morgans, nab Corporate Agribusiness, QRAA, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, Queensland Country Life, Queensland Farmers' Federation, Rabobank, Rimfire Resources Pty Ltd, Santos GLNG , Suncorp Agribusiness, Super Butcher, Thynne & Macartney, Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise, University of Southern Queensland, Westpac Banking Corporation, Westpac Banking Corporation, Williams Hall Chadwick.

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