CATCH UP: 15 stories you may have missed
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:
Father-of-two commits fraud 18 times in six weeks
A YOUNG father of two stood before the Oakey Magistrate Court Friday morning after being charged with fraud 18 times over a six-week period.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jodie Tahana told the court how Brendan Terrance Colin Hawkins took his previous employer’s credit card for his own benefit.
Restrictions ease on funerals
GRIEVING families will now be able to have more support by their side after Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the easing of funeral restrictions on Tuesday.
Dalby’s Burstows Complete Funeral Care co-director Don Burstow said the company were happy to see the end of the tough restrictions and allow families to be together again.
Society’s Showgirl changes
ASPIRING showgirls will have fewer restrictions as of August 1, as Queensland Agriculture Society tries to rebuild after a dismal 2020 season.
To qualify for the 2021 state finals, Queensland women aged 18 to 28, married or unmarried, will be able to run for showgirl.
Ready to roll: bowls club back in action
DALBY Bowls Club is ready to roll after receiving a mammoth grant to get the club up to scratch as COVID restrictions ease.
Club secretary Brian Nolan and club chairman Darryl Frizzell is seeing the light at the end of tunnel after being shut for over 10 weeks.
Players Little Theatre calls for new members to take to the stage
IT HAS been a long, boring, “drama-free” three months for Players Little Theatre members Kimberley Blinco, 19, and Harmony Greet, 34, who have gone without their beloved club since COVID-19 restrictions barred theatre performances and large gatherings.
This weekend, however, sparked the rebirth of the group after a short hiatus, and now they’re looking for more members.
Dalby churches switch to technology to keep message alive
THEY say when God closes a door he opens a window, and that has been the case for some of Dalby’s churches who have used the past three months to build upon their usual church services.
When the doors of the churches closed in March due to COVID-19, congregations and parishes opened up their laptops to find the services had not stopped, or even slowed down.
CANCELLED: Dalby PCYC junior netball will not go ahead
NETBALL: Cancelling the 2020 netball season was not a decision PCYC branch manager Brett Hunter ever wanted to make.
Unfortunately, strict COVIDsafe restrictions and shortened time frames meant the season could not go ahead, so the PCYC’s junior netballers have been left without their beloved Saturday sport.
$10m funding boost for gas and mineral exploration
EXPLORATIONS for minerals will become the way of the future thanks to a new state government-funded cash injection, the Association of Mines and Exploration has announced.
A total of $10 million in exploration grants announced today by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has been welcomed by the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies.
17 upgrades to come for Maranoa and Western Downs roads
ROADS and highways across the southwest will receive long-awaited upgrades with funding from the Federal Government.
Local road maintenance in the Maranoa electorate will receive a huge boost thanks to funding under the Federal Coalition Government’s Roads to Recovery Program.
Shocking texting and driving stats revealed
DALBY Road Policing Unit officer-in-charge sergeant Mark Woitowitz asks any driver he catches on their phone while driving if they can remember the last ten minutes of their journey while they were using their phone.
Alarmingly, most of the time, the answer is no.
Mother uses children as she steals
A MOTHER of three sat hunched over in Oakey Magistrates Court Friday morning as the court heard about her crime spree.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jodie Tahana told the court Shei Krystal Wallace used her children to hide stolen items in July last year.
Council extends recovery package initiative
WESTERN Downs Regional Council has partnered with local accounting and business advisory forms to help with the continued delivery of the Business Recovery Planning sessions.
Mayor Paul McVeigh said the first round was delivered as part of council’s $50 million recovery package and provided vital assistance to 50 different businesses.
How to beat a world record by observing the night sky
IT TAKES a trip away from the city lights to see the night sky in all its glory.
The Darling Downs and southwest regions boast wide open night skies away from the shining beacons of Dalby and Roma.
Groovin from the Garage: Meet the finalists!
HE Groovin from the Garage initiative showcased a wide range of local talent from around the Western Downs over the past fortnight.
Voting is now open to the public via the Western Downs Invites You Facebook page.
Dalby smoke shop embraces new cannabis product
A DALBY tobacco shop has stocked a brand new cannabis product and has received widespread community interest since.
TSG Dalby owner John Pavey decided to stock Aussie Legends Hemp Oil after a request from a customer.