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Queensland agriculture set to take off with new airport - Rural Press Club Lunch , Tattersall’s Club, 215 Queen Street, Brisbane, Thursday 22 May, 2014,  Networking from 12 noon with lunch at 12.30pm.
Agriculture is set to be one of the big winners with the opening of a new jet-capable public airport outside Toowoomba later this year paving the way for new air freight links to domestic and export markets.
The Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport being built by Toowoomba’s Wagner family is Australia’s first privately built public airport. More information and to book


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.

2014: the International Year of Family Farming


President of the National Farmers Federation, Brent Finlay wants to see the important contribution of Australian

farmers recognised during 2014 which has been declared by the United Nations as the International Year of Family Farming.

Speaking at the Rural Press Club’s first luncheon for the year, Mr Finlay said that 99 percent of Australian farms are still family owned and operated.  Read more...


RPC Announces 2014 Rural Journalism Award Winners

The Rural Press Club (RPC) Queensland has today named ABC Rural Reporter, Cassie Hough, as its 2014 Rural Journalism Awards

overall winner from a record field of entries from across the State.

Based in the ABC’s Southern Queensland office, Cassie was awarded the title for her multimedia entry, ‘Droving in Australia’, documenting the movement of 18,000 cattle through Queensland and New South Wales. Read more...

Win a trip to Scotland - Broadcast Award Open

Australian broadcast journalists have the opportunity to win a trip to Scotland this year as part of the 2014 Rabobank Australia Star Prize for Rural Broadcasting. 

The 2014 award was launched today in Sydney at a Farm Writers Assocations of NSW lunch.  Read more...


Sue Neales to represent Qld

The Australian’s rural writer Sue Neales will represent Queensland in the 2014 Australian Star Prize for Rural Writing Award. She has been nominated after being judged the Queensland awards print winner for her series of articles which kick-started national interest in the devastating drought. The prize for the national winner is a trip to the IFAJ World Congress in Scotland in September. The winning entry will represent Australia in the World Star Prize Award judged at IFAJ Congress.

Qld photographers vie for national title 

Peter Scott, Paula Heelan and Fiona Harding will be the Queensland finalists in the 2014 Australian Rural Photography Award. The
overall national winning photo will win a cash prize of $1000 from the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists.

The three top Australian photos in the categories, people, nature/landscape and production will also represent Australia in the 2014 World Star Prize for Rural Photography Award to be judged in Scotland in September. Australian photographer Peter Ristevski from Geelong claimed the 2013 World Award in Argentina.

Rural Press Club celebrate Christmas at ABC South Bank

About 100 members and guests of the Rural Press Club of Queensland mingled with ABC personalities at the Club’s annual Xmas Party held at the ABC South Bank studios on Thursday 12 December.
Many took the opportunity to tour the ABC studios including the television makeup room and news desk before enjoying some Christmas cheer on the third floor veranda with its magnificent views of the Brisbane River and city skyline. Read more....

Australian agriculture in need of a brand shake-up

Branding and advocacy is pivotal to the competitiveness of Australian agriculture both at home and abroad.

However, Australian Farm Institute Executive Director Mick Keogh believes agriculture’s brand and image is in need of a big shake up or else it risks getting left behind by the marketing power of the major supermarkets domestically and the marketing prowess of international competitors such as New Zealand, Canada and Denmark in emerging Asian markets.  Read more...


2014 Queensland Rural Media Awards now open

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 2014 awards.


President Brendan Egan said the annual awards program is a key initiative of the Rural Press Club that seeks to recognise and reward the wonderful contribution of media professionals covering rural and regional issues in Queensland. Read more....


Resurgence of sugar couldn’t be sweeter

CANEGROWERS Chairman  Paul Schembri said the key to the future of the sugar industry is Asia at this month’s Rural Press Club luncheon, held at the United Services club in Brisbane’s CBD.
Mr Schembri said  Asia's burgeoning middle class, coupled with an enhanced standard of living, will equate to a sweeter tooth destined to be sated by Australian sugar.   Read more....

Genevieve McAulay Named RPC Life Member

THE commitment and achievements of one of the Rural Press Club’s most innovative presidents was today recognised when Genevieve McAulay was named a Life Member of the Club.
Ms McAulay’s career spans more than 20 years and encompasses both rural reporting for Fairfax Agricultural Media, including editing Australian Cotton Outlook, and coordinating marketing for Rabobank across Queensland and the Northern Territory. Read full story....

Rural media award winner gains global perspective

Matt Cranston winner of this year’s Rural Media Award for Excellence in Rural Journalism was awarded with a trip to the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists’ World Congress in Argentina held in early September - Read more....

Hola chicos! A taste of Argentinian agriculture

A taste of Argentinian agriculture Presenter of ABC Radio’s Queensland Country Hour, Neroli Roocke also visited Argentina recently with other Australian rural journalists to participate in this year’s Congress of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ). Read more.....

Strong and successful year for the Rural Press Club

At the Rural Press Club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 25 September, retiring President Lisa Palu reflected on the year that was through the club’s events, financial stability, its vital members and outlook for the future.
Ms Palu said during 2012-13 the club had played host to eight lunches, three breakfasts and one Christmas drinks functions - all of which were strongly supported by its members and their guests. Read more .....

Agriculture needs to ‘get pretty’

Agriculture needs to ‘get pretty’ if it is going to continue to attract much needed capital investment from Australia and offshore sources.
That was the key message from Mark Sowerby, managing director of Blue Sky Alternative Investments when he addressed the rural press club lunch event on Friday 20th September at the United Services Club in Brisbane’s CBD. Read more....


Our 2013/2014 corporate members are: ABC, AgForce, Amcor, Australian Rural Exports Pty Ltd, AustSafe Super, BDO, CANEGROWERS, ClarkeKann Lawyers, Coles, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers, DAFF, Deloitte, Devine Agribusiness, GasFields Commission Qld, Growcom, Herron Todd White , Holding Redlich, Landmark Harcourts, MacDonnells Law, Macpherson+Kelley Lawyers, McCullough Robertson, McGrathNicol, McInnes Wilson Lawyers, Meat & Livestock Australia, Morgans, nab Corporate Agribusiness, PPB Advisory, QRAA, Queensland Country Life, Queensland Farmers' Federation, Queensland Resources Council, Rabobank, Rimfire Resources Pty Ltd, RMWilliams Agricultural Holdings, Santos GLNG , Suncorp Agribusiness, The Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland , Thynne & Macartney, Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise, Westpac Banking Corporation, Williams Hall Chadwick.

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