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Burdekin Falls Dam overflow – March 2018

The Townsville region has welcomed the recent rain as it has been about 3 years since our last good rainfalls.   We decided to take a day trip to Burdekin Falls Dam and were welcomed with an AMAZING amount of water. This water supply plays a huge role in irrigating the farmlands of the Burdekin.  The water was at a level of 2.66m over the spillway, with a flow of 357,551 Megalitres/Day. That is 1.5times the full capacity of Ross River Dam flowing over in a day!!!!! That’s a heck of a lot of water and quite a contrast from when I last visited in 2014.

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Fantasea Cruising – Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island is one of North Queensland’s best kept secrets for a tropical and relaxing getaway, only 7 km’s across the ocean from Townsville.  Fantasea Cruising is one of the best ways to get to the island and take your own car or camper to really take advantage of exploring the island at your own pace, and even take along the family dog to join in the fun.  Here is a tiny snippet of a morning of fun on the island…. You could easily spend a week!

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Health Workforce Queensland – Grow Rural 2017

Health Workforce Queensland are proud to have presented the inaugural GROW Rural event, with 27 multi-discipline health students from several Queensland universities visiting the Central Queensland communities of Woorabinda, Baralaba, Moura, Theodore and Biloela. GROW Rural is a three year program which provides medical, nursing and allied health students the annual opportunity to experience comprehensive clinical practice and the unique lifestyle of remote and rural Queensland communities. 

Health Workforce Queensland is the state’s Rural Workforce Agency and established GROW Rural as means of connecting the future health workforce to remote and rural Queensland with the aim of attracting them to a career in rural communities following completion of their tertiary education.

The inaugural GROW Rural was a huge success. Students were warmly welcomed into the rural communities, and in return the rural communities left a lasting impression in the minds of students.

I had the pleasure of capturing the spirit of the event from the perspective of the students.  What an amazing weekend to be part of. I am thoroughly looking forward to following the progress of these students over the coming years.

In the meantime, please click on image below to view a showreel of the weekend that was GROW Rural 2017!


Slow Food NQ_May 2017_Peppi Peppi

The global Slow Food movement was started in Italy in 1986 to oppose the fast food trend. It has grown into a huge network doing wonderful things particularly linking urban dwellers with rural producers. See There are local groups called convivia (from the word conviviality, meaning friendship) in 160 countries around the world. Slow Food NQ is the 18th in Australia, the most northerly and only one in the tropical north.  It was launched in December 2016 at the screening of a film about food waste “Theatre of Life” with Massimo Batturo, then the world’s top chef and restaurant owner. Last Thursday I was invited to capture the first Slow Food NQ dinner, held at PePPi PePPi Italian Restaurant in Cannon Park, Townsville. How lucky was I! The food was amazing and the speakers, Amorelle Dempster who heads Slow Food Australia and our very own Renae Tobin, from Tobin Fishtales in North Ward, spoke with passion. Many local producers and Townsville foodies feasted for the night, thanks to the delicious menu prepared by the wonderful chef, Brent and his team at Peppi Peppi. Otto’s added a beautiful display of local produce to welcome diners. Townsville is in for some interesting events where you’ll have the chance to learn more about food and what can be found in our region.  It’s open for everyone who is involved with, or interested in learning about food, having fun and discovering locally grown produce.

For information: | Facebook: Slow Food Townsville | Instagram: slowfoodtownsville  | Helen Hill: 0417275457

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