TRAIL BLAZER: Gary Briggs has revolutionised manufacturing in Australia.
TRAIL BLAZER: Gary Briggs has revolutionised manufacturing in Australia.

TOP NEWS: 11 stories you may have missed this week

OUR news feeds are flooded with information about COVID-19 and the pandemic taking over 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:

SURVIVOR: ‘My doctor told me I didn’t have cancer’

IF CECIL Plains mother-of-seven Tracy Baillie had not sought a second opinion from her doctor she would be dead.

Now eight years on from her cancer ordeal, Mrs Baillie is hoping her story of persistence inspires other to not only get regular check ups but to keep pushing when all hope seems lost.


Teenager leaves friend in hospital after punch

18-YEAR-OLD Billy Jack Heyze left a Dalby boy needing serious medical attention after punching him after a drunken night out.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Derek Brady told the court that the victim was walking home with his friends around 1am on February 1, when they ran into Heyze on Drayton St.


Tara woman mistakes cannabis for tomato seedlings

A TARA woman stood nervously before the Dalby Magistrate Court on Tuesday morning on one charge of producing dangerous drugs.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Derek Brady told the court that Andrea Lynette Foster had accidentally grown cannabis at her home after they were mixed up with tomato seeds.


This Dalby business is ready to help you travel

THOSE who’ve got the travel bug in the Western Downs will finally be able to scratch that itch, after Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk eased travel restrictions throughout the state.

For those who are looking to capitalise on the flights currently circulating or who are intrigued to see the rest of their state, the team at Helloworld Travel Dalby is ready to help.


Five new areas in Surat Basin submitted for gas exploration

GAS exploration across the Surat and Bowen Basins is anticipated to expand again.

The Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) has welcomed the Queensland Government Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy’s latest tender release of five areas for gas exploration, across almost 1500 square kilometres in southwest Queensland.


Pool reopens after three month COVID-19 hiatus

SWIMMING: Learn-to-Swim co-ordinator Kelly Smith was no stranger to seasonal pool shutdowns before she began working at the Dalby Aquatic Centre.

However when a government mandate demanded all indoor and outdoor pools shut down in March, Smith and her team were left without a road map or any certainty about the future of their facility.


MP: ‘Stage three of New Acland can still go ahead’

WARREGO MP Ann Leahy has urged the Queensland government to push forward with the third stage of the New Acland Coal Mine, in light of a landmark court ruling last week.

New Hope Group has been seeking approvals to expand New Acland Mine for more than thirteen years and has won a number of court cases.


Parkrun achieves success despite running remotely

PARKRUN: When the State Government put a hold on sporting groups training together, Dalby Parkrun event co-ordinator Myfanwy Schenk admits she was “gutted”.

It’s been 12 weeks since Parkrun shut down due to the restrictions, but it didn’t take long for the group to adapt to the new normal.


$4.7m financial counselling support for regional businesses

SMALL regional businesses struggling to stay afloat during COVID-19 shutdowns have been offered a hand of support through a new bout of government funding.

The Australian Government has committed more than $4.7 million to provide small regional businesses affected by COVID-19 with access to free and confidential financial counselling.


Manufacturing trailblazer awarded Order of Australia Medal

IT’S a pure, unadulterated love of his job that gets Gary Briggs out of bed each morning.

The owner of Dingo Australia and Feral Fencing admits it takes just a touch of “stupidity” to work in manufacturing, but it isn’t stupidity that has led Mr Briggs to where he is today.


Selfless community leader awarded Public Service Medal

FROM the time Norman Wotherspoon’s children were only young he has given them one important piece of advice – always try to make a difference in the world you are in.

Mr Wotherspoon has practised what he has preached by committing his life to not only serving the public but making a difference in the world he lives in, and this commitment has earned him one of the highest honours in the country.


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