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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



 Biosecurity battlelines - bananas bounciing back, Rural Press Club Lunch, United Services Club, 183 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill, Thursday 16 July, Networking from noon, lunch at 12.30pm.
Queensland produces more than 90 per cent of Australia’s bananas, so confirmation of Panama disease Tropical Race 4 (TR4), one of the most destructive diseases of banana plants, on a farm in the Tully Valley last March sent shockwaves through the nation’s banana industry. South Johnstone banana grower and Chairman of the Australian Banana Growers’ Council Doug Phillips will address the Rural Press Club on how growers are bouncing back from this latest biosecurity threat and the outlook for the banana industry. More info and to book


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 as a picture in late autumn with farmers dodging rain showers to h

arvest the last barley crops and get the straw baled ahead of the looming winter.  Read more......

Vale Teena Girdis – a champion for rural journalism in Qld

Longtime ABC Television producer and Rural Press Club supporter, Teena Girdis has passed away after a battle with cancer.

Teena was a champion for rural and regional journalism in Queensland and throughout her career had mentored and encouraged many young journalists.

She was the Executive Producer of the ABC 730 Queensland program for more than a decade.  Our 2015/2016 corporate members are: ABC Landline, AgForce, CBRE (C) Pty Ltd, Clovely Estate , Colliers International Pty Ltd, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers, DAF, Deloitte, Emanate Legal, KordaMentha, McCullough Robertson, McGrathNicol, nab Corporate Agribusiness, QRAA, Queensland Country Life, Queensland Farmers' Federation, Thynne & Macartney, Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise, University of Southern Queensland, Williams Hall Chadwick.

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