Queensland growers endure a season for the ‘history books’ with wet winter and cool summer

Queensland growers endure a season for the ‘history books’ with wet winter and cool summer

When Mark and Nat Albert relocated from Sydney to Queensland to pursue Mark’s dream of growing the hottest chili in the world, they were looking for a farm with perfect growing conditions.  But much like his beloved Carolina reaper chilies, Mr Albert has found the Queensland weather can a little bumpy, underestimated, and too spicy … Read more

Leonard Linton’s sons joined the family business to see what kept their Dad so busy

Leonard Linton’s sons joined the family business to see what kept their Dad so busy

Leonard John Linton.Courtesy of family Leonard John Linton: Patriarch. Entrepreneur. Mentor. Determined. Born Nov. 4, 1933, in Toronto; died July 19, 2022, in Toronto, of a stroke; aged 88. Leonard Linton came home one evening in the spring of 1963 and told his wife he was quitting his sales job to start his own business. … Read more

Queensland Police Union plan to buy Wieambilla property where two officers were killed in ambush

Queensland Police Union plan to buy Wieambilla property where two officers were killed in ambush

The Queensland Police Union wants to buy the property where two police officers were killed in the state’s Western Downs last week. Union president Ian Leavers said he did not want the land to “fall into the wrong hands”. “The last thing we want to see is the anti-vaxxers, pro-gun, conspiracy theorists to get this land … Read more

Queensland police minister supports national gun register after revelations shooter Nathaniel Train crossed border carrying weapons

Queensland police minister supports national gun register after revelations shooter Nathaniel Train crossed border carrying weapons

Queensland’s police minister says he supports a national gun register to keep track of firearm ownership, after the ABC revealed police killer Nathaniel Train illegally crossed the state border carrying multiple weapons. Key points: Queensland farmer said Train illegally crossed into Queensland via his property last year Deputy Commissioner Mark Wheeler says the Wieambilla shootings investigation … Read more

Police shooter Nathaniel Train breached Queensland border in a car carrying weapons months after school resignation

Police shooter Nathaniel Train breached Queensland border in a car carrying weapons months after school resignation

A camouflage-clad Nathaniel Train, driving a black 4WD carrying loaded guns and military knives, broke through the NSW border gate into Queensland in December last year. Key points: A Talwood farmer says he saw Nathaniel Train dispose of items in a creek and later found loaded weapons After towing his car from floodwaters, the farmer says Train borrowed his … Read more

U.S. sends first shipment of power gear to aid Ukraine

U.S. sends first shipment of power gear to aid Ukraine

WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – The United States has shipped the first part of its power equipment aid to Ukraine, U.S. officials said on Monday, as Washington works to support the country’s energy infrastructure against intensifying attacks from Russia. The first tranche was power equipment worth about $13 million, one of the officials said. Another … Read more

Warning from Blanchetown Caravan Park manager after property suddenly flooded

Warning from Blanchetown Caravan Park manager after property suddenly flooded

The manager of a caravan park on the River Murray in South Australia has warned people to prepare for the worst after her property was suddenly flooded over the weekend. Key points: The Blanchetown Caravan Park was inundated over the weekend Gerard residents say flooding can be good for animals and fish Irrigators are now … Read more

These Murray River residents say ‘if you live on a flood plain, expected to be flooded’

These Murray River residents say ‘if you live on a flood plain, expected to be flooded’

Many flood-prone properties on the Murray River have become archipelagos of sorts, since the ongoing flooding began. With damage costs mounting, some residents are asking for the government to step in and help. But others who’ve chosen to live on a flood plain say the benefits of the river lifestyle far outweigh the consequences of being inundated by water. Christiane Jaeger is passionate about … Read more

Australian Organic Farmer of the Year unleashes bug vacuum to tackle Queensland fruit flies

Australian Organic Farmer of the Year unleashes bug vacuum to tackle Queensland fruit flies

Farmer Brendan Hoyle has found a way to smash destructive bugs and keep his delicious strawberries organic — and he’s glad it sucks. Key points: Brendan Hoyle runs an industrial sized bug vacuum over his strawberry fields If used at the right time, it sucks up to 90 per cent of fruit flies off the plants … Read more

Decades of abuse, then years in prison: Inside Helen Naslund’s fight for her life – and justice

Decades of abuse, then years in prison: Inside Helen Naslund’s fight for her life – and justice

In the fall of 2020, Helen Naslund was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the death of her abusive husband. Even with only the sparest details made public, her case and the lengthy sentence she received sparked outrage around the country, and exposed serious issues with how the justice system treats abused women. Through … Read more