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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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Events 

Queensland’s new Agriculture Minister kicks off 2016, Rural Press Club Queensland lunch, Tattersall's Club, Thursday, 11 February from Noon.

Queensland’s new Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, the Hon. Leanne Donaldson MP has promised a consultative approach to tackling some of the big challenges for the sector in 2016.

The state's first woman to take on the portfolio, Ms Donaldson hails from Bundaberg and the Wide Bay Burnett which is a major agricultural production region that includes horticulture, sugar cane, beef cattle and seafood industries. More information and to book......



News

IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism Award 2016

Fancy a trip to Europe and the chance to develop your skills alongside other rural journalists from around the world?
The Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists (ACAJ) will call for nominations for the IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism Award in January.  Read more....


2016 Queensland Rural Media Awards NOW OPEN

Applications are now open for the 2016 Queensland Rural Media Awards and journalists, photographers and bloggers from across Queensland and nationally are encouraged to apply.

The Awards recognise rural stories, photographs and blogs published or broadcast from 1st January and 31st December 2015 including:

•             Excellence in Rural Journalism Awards – four (4) categories (prize value $5000 to attend International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress in Germany in July 2015)

•             Excellence in Rural Photography Awards- three (3) categories (prize value $1000)

•             Rural Social Media Award – one (1) category (prize value $500)
Entries must be received by Friday, 12 February 2016. The winners will be announced in March 2016.For application details visit the Awards section at www.ruralpressclub.com.au
For more information about the Rural Media Awards contact:   Edwina Clowes on 0417 727 544 or email: awards@ruralpressclub.com.au 



IFAJ experience ignites Marty's passion for rural reporting

ABC Radio Rural Reporter Marty McCarthy from ABC Sunshine Coast and overall winner of the 2015 Queensland Rural Media Awards spoke passionately about his profession and experience engaging with his peers from across the world at the launch of the 2016 Awards on 3 December.

Marty received $5,000 from the Rural Press Club of Queensland toward his travel and costs to attend the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) pre-congress tour in Cairns and congress proper in Hamilton, New Zealand during October 2015. Read more.....



Life membership bestowed on Alan Ernst

Alan Ernst has become the Rural Press Club of Queensland’s latest life member with a special presentation at the Club’s Xmas Party function held at the ABC South Bank Studios on 3 December 2015.

Alan retires at the end of December after nine years’ service as the Club's hard working executive officer and after an association with the Club stretching back over 40 years when he was working for the then Queensland Department of Primary Industries. Read more....

 


Rural Press Club handover $40,000 for drought relief

The Rural Press Club of Queensland handed over a total of $40,000 to three rural charities - the Western Queensland Drought Appeal, QCWA and Buy A Bale - from proceeds raised at the Club's recent #‎BootTheDrought fundraising dinner at Parliament House in November.
The cheques were formally presented to the three charities at the Club’s Xmas Party held at the ABC South Bank Studios on 3 December 2015. Read more...


2016 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 2016 Rural Media Awards in Brisbane last week.  Read more....



$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....

 


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