EXCITING CHANGE: Paul McVeigh is moving ahead with the times in light of the move to digital only.
EXCITING CHANGE: Paul McVeigh is moving ahead with the times in light of the move to digital only.

CATCH UP: 12 stories you may have missed this week

OUR news feeds are flooded with information about COVID-19, international politics and the economic catastrophe affecting our communities.

While we will continue to provide you all the latest and up-to-date coronavirus stories, we are also bringing you great news from Dalby and the surrounding areas.

Here are the stories from the Dalby Herald you might have missed this week:

Time for a farewell

OVER the course of 16 years, there have been many journalists and advertisers walk in and out of the door. But the one consistent team member is no other than admin star Lorraine Freeman.

Mrs Freeman was new to town after making the move with her family to seek a more relaxed country life.


Paint the town Graz

FOR more than 10 years now, Western Downs artist Graeme McCullough has kept the region laughing and thinking with his weekly cartoon strips in both the Chinchilla News and the Dalby Herald.

Covering topics ranging from contentious local issues, depicting the lighter side of local happenings across the town to the beloved annual character calenders, there was never a moment Mr McCullough shied away from.


Mum in court over garden filled with drug plants

AN OAKEY magistrate questioned a defendant on why she looked so unimpressed as the court heard the facts of her drug possession.

Police prosecutor senior constable Jodie Tahana explained to the court that officers searched the home of Susan Marie Learey earlier this year when they found three grown cannabis plants.


Promising young man turns to drugs after cousin dies

AN Oakey man with a once-promising future faced the Magistrate Court on numerous drug charges after police found a sleeve of pills in his car.

Police prosecutor senior constable Jodie Tahana told the court that on May 27, Oakey police conducted a routine licence check on Trevor Roy Wattus when they discovered drugs and weapons.


Radio station in the midst of ‘transitional’ period

IT HAS been a “transitional” year for the 4DDD community radio station, according to president Glen Hay.

Making the radio station a more recognised and appreciated media outlet is one of the goals the team at 4DDD have for this year, and Mr Hay has grand plans to do just that.


Western Downs mayor on the future of digital journalism

A LARGE part of Western Downs’ mayor Paul McVeigh’s life has been documented in the pages of the Dalby Herald and the Chinchilla News.

Before his time as mayor, Cr McVeigh’s memories of the papers go way back into his teens, playing sport with his friends and brothers and having the matches rehashed in sport reports in the papers; the Chinchilla and Dalby rivalry on the rugby league field were played out in detail on the pages of the “local rags”.


Early Days writer shares secret behind historical articles

THERE’S always been a few secrets behind Ray Humphrys’ ability to share any historical story of Dalby and the surrounding regions.

Armed with newspaper cuttings he’d collected as a boy, and a book of old newspaper articles left in his office by chance, the beloved contributor to the Dalby Herald has shared his affinity for history for more than 55 years.


Assessment into wind farm ordered over endangered animals

AN ENDANGERED species of snail almost halted the development of the Dulacca Wind Farm project for its significant and residual impacts.

Preliminary reports into the project have revealed the wind farm worth $450m, initiated by RES Australia, encroaches on the “essential habitat” of the Dulacca Woodland Snail, and six other species of flora and fauna.


How shopping at Dalby Coles will help families in need

DALBY Coles shoppers are being invited to fight against a global issue plaguing the streets since the pandemic hit our country.

Shoppers can join the fight against hunger by supporting Coles’ national appeal to deliver nutritious meals to vulnerable Australians, many of whom are experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19.


Council’s plans to bring big business to Western Downs

CHARGES on infrastructures around the Western Downs will be temporarily waived to incentivise economic growth and progress in the region.

The Infrastructure Charges Incentive Scheme adds to the comprehensive offerings under Council’s COVID-19 Recovery Package, and will target Industry, Aged and Health Care, Tourism, Intensive Agriculture and Commercial (Business) development approvals.


Dalby faces coldest day for the year

DALBY has faced its coldest temperature for the year as the mercury plummets below zero.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Kimba Wong said the temperature dropped to -0.4 degree on Thursday morning.


Dalby gym kicking back into gear after coronavirus

ONE of Dalby’s most popular gyms has swung back into action now the COVID-19 restrictions have lifted after a three-month suspension.

PCYC Dalby acting club manager Sergeant Lindsay Small said it was wonderful to have the gym open again.


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