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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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Hot Tropics - Farming Australia's Far North
IFAJ Cairns | Pre-Congress tour - October 8-12th 2015


Cattle and country – how agriculture is helping empower Indigenous Australians
Official dinner for the 2015 IFAJ Pre-Congress Tour, Hot Tropics, Novotel Hotel, Cairns, Friday, 9 October, 2015. 6.30pm for 7pm
Land has always been at the heart of Indigenous Australians’ struggle for recognition and rights.
Following the historic 1992 High Court Mabo Judgment which granted Native Title rights to Indigenous Australians, the Land Account was established in perpetuity to support their land needs. More information and to book

The Rural Press Club is hosting this special drought fundraising dinner on the Speaker’s Green at Parliament House in Brisbane.
Put on your best boots for a night of food, drink, entertainment and a charity auction for an excellent cause with all proceeds to go towards helping families and communities in drought affected regions across Queensland. More information and to book
Funds raised will go to support the ongoing work of three (3) charities -  Western Queensland Drought Appeal,  Queensland Country Women’s Association Public Rural Crisis Fund,  Buy A Bale - Farmers Card - View Invitation PDF



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 figures 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...

Rural Press Club is seeking a part-time Executive Officer

The Rural Press Club of Queensland is seeking the services of a part-time Executive Officer to assist with the administration of the Club’s events, membership and finances from December 2015.

It follows the announcement that long time Executive Officer, Alan Ernst is retiring at the end of the year. The Club is seeking an experienced and motivated person with excellent administration skills and a passion for Queensland agriculture. Experience in website content management would be an advantage. This is an interesting and exciting opportunity for someone seeking part-time work and enjoys business networking.

For more details please see the Position Description   or contact Committee members Brendan Egan (0428 069 258) or Christine Walker (0408 014 843 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...


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