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Winner of the 2014 Rural Press Club's Excellence in Rural Photography Award
'Retreat Station' by Peter Scott, Longreach

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Events

Sweet or sour – what’s the future for Queensland’s export sugar marketing? Rural Press Club Qld Lunch - Tattersall's Club, 215 Queen Street, Brisbane, Wednesday 16 July, 2014 - networking from 12 noon with lunch at 12.30pm  As Queensland’s sugar cane crushing season gets into full swing, many involved in the $1.5 billion raw sugar export industry are wondering what the future holds for the industry’s collaborative marketing arrangements through Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL) from July 2017.
Three of Queensland’s largest sugar millers, Singapore-owned Wilmar, Thai-owned MSF Sugar and Chinese-owned COFCO have confirmed they all intend to market the export raw sugar they produce from their respective mills from July 2017. Growers’ organisations have expressed outrage that the millers are withdrawing from QSL without their consent and subjecting them to a situation where millers control all marketing arrangements.  More info and to book...

Malcolm McCosker Memorial Address - Beef transformation – what next for Australia’s largest beef producer?
Thursday, 7 August, 2014. 6.30am for 7am start. The Royal International Convention Centre, , RNA Showgrounds .
 
The past year has been a challenging one for the entire northern cattle industry including Australia’s largest cattle producer, the ASX listed Australian Agricultural Company (AACo). More info and to book ....

 


News

Healthcare professionals debate the future of rural medicine

In June, a panel of medical experts joined Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg MP to discuss the future of rural and regional healthcare.
The panel included Dr Sue Masel, President of the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland (RDAQ) and Professor Richard Murray, President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and head of the School of Rural Medicine and Dentistry from James Cook University in Townsville.  Read more....


Wild Dog Attacks on Qld Sheep Industry TV story wins national broadcast journalism award

ABC TV Landline’s Peter Lewis has won the 2014 Rabobank Australian Star Prize for Rural Broadcasting.

Peter’s story Born to be Wild’ examined the devastating effect wild dogs are having on the sheep industry in western Queensland.  Read more.....


Meet Annabelle Amos - the Rural Press Club’s new journalism intern

The Rural Press Club of Queensland has announced final year journalism student Annabelle Amos as its latest intern.

Find out more....

 


Crawford Fund award launched in Brisbane

Last chance to enter - Closes Monday, June 2!

Queensland rural journalists are encouraged to enter an excellence award related to food security which carries an overseas trip for the winner.

The Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists has again joined with The Crawford Fund in search of outstanding reporting.

Entries are now open for the 2014 Crawford Fund Food Security Journalism Award which offers a “seeing is believing” trip to a developing country to the winner. Read more......


Agricultural exports take off from Toowoomba

In May, the Rural Press Club welcomed Toowoomba businessman and entrepreneur John Wagner to introduce Queensland’s first privately built but publicly used airport, Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport.

The airport located on the western outskirts of Toowoomba will be opened to the public in October 2014. 

Read more....



Outback image wins national photo award

An image which captures the stark beauty of the Australian outback is the winner of the 2014 Australian Star Prize for Rural Photography.
The unusual aerial photo was snapped from a mustering helicopter by freelance photographer Peter Scott who is based at Longreach in western Queensland.
The national title carries a cash prize of $1000, provided by the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists (ACAJ).
Another freelancer Paula Heelan from Clermont in Queensland took out the people award for an action campdrafting photo.
Fiona Harding from the Townsville Bulletin entered the winning production photo of a girl sorting cattle in a dusty pen.

Read the full news release......


New exhibit to celebrate rural journalism and the bush.

 

An exciting new initiative of the Rural Press Club (RPC) is underway with the construction of special interpretative exhibit to celebrate the history and contribution of rural journalism in Queensland. The exhibit will appropriately be based at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach. Read more ......


Rebecca Jennings wins Alltech Award

Congratulations to Rebecca Jennings on receiving a prestigious 2014 Alltech Young Leader in Agricultural Journalism Award.

Rebecca is from a Queensland beef producing family and worked for Queensland Country Life and AgForce before her career took her interstate.

Read more....



Fancy a wee dram and some great Angus steaks?

If you fancy partaking of some warm Scottish hospitality at the 2014 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists World Congress you had better act fast.
Bookings are now open and places are filling fast in what is shaping as an extremely popular event.

The British Guild of Agricultural Journalists is hosting the congress with the theme Innovations From a Small Island.

The main conference will be held in Aberdeen from September 4 to 8 with a pre-tour based around London and a post tour option to the Midlands and Wales.

While there will be a salute to No 1  export earner Scotch Whiskey and some great Angus steaks, the conference will also highlight the breadth of Scottish agriculture.

Visit the conference website   www.ifaj2014.com


What will the future of Elders look like?

“175 years of Elders is not just a milestone but signifies the strength of Australia’s agricultural industry,” said Mark Allison Chairman

for Elders Limited told the Rural Press Club luncheon in Brisbane on 7 April.

 Mr Allison was appointed as the Board Chairman in June last year amid tough times for this iconic rural company which has been struggling financially and facing negative criticism in the media.  Read more...


Knowing what a difference a cake can make

We cook to celebrate and to commiserate, so when the 2011 floods hit the Lockyer Valley near Brisbane, DanielleCrismani baked a batch of muffins for the volunteers she saw on her TV screen.

Speaking at the Rural Press Club luncheon in April, Danielle Crismani told her story about how a local community fundraiser quickly turned into a movement. Within days of a mention on Facebook, hundreds of people inspired by her act of kindness - were baking for flood hit communities.  Read more....



Crawford Fund award launched in Brisbane

Queensland rural journalists are encouraged to enter an excellence award related to food security which carries an overseas trip for the winner.

The Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists has again joined with The Crawford Fund in search of outstanding reporting.

Entries are now open for the 2014 Crawford Fund Food Security Journalism Award which offers a “seeing is believing” trip to a developing country to the winner. Read more......



Vale Doug Murray - a legend in rural journalism

Queensland journalism has lost one of its most colourful and engaging storytellers, with former ABC Rural journalist and presenter, Doug Murray passing away earlier this month at his home in Brisbane after a long illness. On behalf of the committee and members of The Rural Press Club of Queensland we express our sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the late Doug Murray. ABC TV National Rural Reporter and former RPC president, Peter Lewis filed this story for ABC TV News (on 13 March 2014) looking back at the life and contribution of Doug Murray.

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