From gold to groceries

WALTER Thomasson’s story is one of experience and insight, from humble schoolboy to one of his town’s most profitable employers.
WALTER Thomasson’s story is one of experience and insight, from humble schoolboy to one of his town’s most profitable employers.
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KEY rural indicators point to a rebound across major markets that is expected to boost ­confidence and investment, says Neil Clark Business Intelligence. KEY rural indicators point to a rebound across major markets that is expected to boost ­confidence and investment, says Neil Clark Business Intelligence.
FORGET snakes on plane – try sheep. A 747 jet will leave Australia today, carrying the first of three plane loads of sheep to Mongolia. FORGET snakes on plane – try sheep. A 747 jet will leave Australia today, carrying the first of three plane loads of sheep to Mongolia.
KENNARDS Hire is kicking off their annual charity initiative, ‘Kennards For Kids’, on September 1 to aid sick, injured or disadvantaged children around Australia and New Zealand. KENNARDS Hire is kicking off their annual charity initiative, ‘Kennards For Kids’, on September 1 to aid sick, injured or disadvantaged children around Australia and New Zealand.
RUSSIA is hoping to permanently quit itself of reliance on Western meat imports by importing meat from China and India. RUSSIA is hoping to permanently quit itself of reliance on Western meat imports by importing meat from China and India.
The Queensland Cattle Market Indicator (QCMI) exceeded 200 points last week for the first time since March 2012.
02 Sep 14 The Queensland Cattle Market Indicator (QCMI) exceeded 200 points last week for the first time since March 2012. | Rabobank backs a Challenge  | Josh a ‘natural’ cattle handler 
Cattle - Beef
INGHAM turned on a great day of racing on a bright and sunny end-of-winter’s day last Saturday for the Herbert River Jockey Club’s 2014 Annual Races.
02 Sep 14 INGHAM turned on a great day of racing on a bright and sunny end-of-winter’s day last Saturday for the Herbert River Jockey Club’s 2014 Annual Races.
SEPTEMBER 13-14 will see the dust fly in the Queensland Outback for the eighth annual RM Williams Longreach Muster.
29 Aug 14 SEPTEMBER 13-14 will see the dust fly in the Queensland Outback for the eighth annual RM Williams Longreach Muster.
DESPITE the dust barely settling on this year, Nixon’s X-Ing Campdraft organisers are already planning ways to make 2015 something special.
27 Aug 14 DESPITE the dust barely settling on this year, Nixon’s X-Ing Campdraft organisers are already planning ways to make 2015 something special.
ALTHOUGH not the great social event of past years, the Townsville Amateurs Race Meeting staged August 22-23 is regaining ground as Saturday’s crowd was in the vicinity of 600 people.
26 Aug 14 ALTHOUGH not the great social event of past years, the Townsville Amateurs Race Meeting staged August 22-23 is regaining ground as Saturday’s crowd was in the vicinity of 600 people.
ART has been a prominent theme through most of Shirley Eckford’s adult life, from clay sculpturing to educating on its history in her later years.
Today, her 30-plus years of promoting art, culture and history throughout the Julia Creek region has been rewarded with an ABC Rural Women of the Award for Carpentaria (1995) and an Order of Australian Medal (OAM, 2010).
25 Aug 14 ART has been a prominent theme through most of Shirley Eckford’s adult life, from clay sculpturing to educating on its history in her later years. Today, her 30-plus years of promoting...
IT was smoking hot action at this year’s Malanda Lions Queensland Titles Billy Cart Race with enthusiastic crowds coming from far and wide to experience the ‘gravity of the occasion’.
24 Aug 14 IT was smoking hot action at this year’s Malanda Lions Queensland Titles Billy Cart Race with enthusiastic crowds coming from far and wide to experience the ‘gravity of the occasion’.
DROUGHT-STRICKEN graziers, shop and small business owners will have a ready source of information on help available, with the delivery of a magnetized, crisis-contact postcard this month.
23 Aug 14 DROUGHT-STRICKEN graziers, shop and small business owners will have a ready source of information on help available, with the delivery of a magnetized, crisis-contact postcard this month.
THE normally sleepy Nixon’s Crossing, near Katherine in the Northern Territory, has transformed into a sea of horses, hay and hats for the property’s annual campdraft.
22 Aug 14 THE normally sleepy Nixon’s Crossing, near Katherine in the Northern Territory, has transformed into a sea of horses, hay and hats for the property’s annual campdraft.
TENDERS are now open for the construction of the second stage of the Cloncurry Weir which will incorporate a fish passageway, bank protection and profiling works to obtain optimal raw water storage capacity for the Cloncurry community.
22 Aug 14 TENDERS are now open for the construction of the second stage of the Cloncurry Weir which will incorporate a fish passageway, bank protection and profiling works to obtain optimal raw...
BUSH Heritage Australia is performing helicopter surveys and fire work on Yourka Reserve in north Queensland in efforts to exterminate Siam and Lantana weed and regenerate native habitat in one of Australia’s 15 biodiversity hotspots.
21 Aug 14 BUSH Heritage Australia is performing helicopter surveys and fire work on Yourka Reserve in north Queensland in efforts to exterminate Siam and Lantana weed and regenerate native habitat...
NORTH Queensland rugby league historian, Tony Price is writing his third rugby league book about the game in North Queensland.
21 Aug 14 NORTH Queensland rugby league historian, Tony Price is writing his third rugby league book about the game in North Queensland.
THE bush tradition of Bachelor and Spinster balls may have died off in many country towns, but in the western Queensland town of Richmond the party just keeps getting better.
20 Aug 14 THE bush tradition of Bachelor and Spinster balls may have died off in many country towns, but in the western Queensland town of Richmond the party just keeps getting better.
THE important role the Queensland Country Women’s Association plays in the local region has been praised by Charters Towers Regional Council Mayor Frank Beveridge.
19 Aug 14 THE important role the Queensland Country Women’s Association plays in the local region has been praised by Charters Towers Regional Council Mayor Frank Beveridge.
IT’S one of North Queensland’s greatest trackside tales of training, technique and ultimate triumph.
William “Billy” Chaplain, a 17-year-old of pioneer farming stock, was written a worthwhile investment rising as the fastest male in the regional sprinting ranks.
19 Aug 14 IT’S one of North Queensland’s greatest trackside tales of training, technique and ultimate triumph. William “Billy” Chaplain, a 17-year-old of pioneer farming stock, was written a...
MOUNT Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo committee are hopeful this year’s numbers through the gate will rival the record-breaking attendance the event saw in 2013.
12 Aug 14 MOUNT Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo committee are hopeful this year’s numbers through the gate will rival the record-breaking attendance the event saw in 2013.
ROY Dunn’s bull riding victory in Mount Isa replicated the feats of his champion uncle Troy exactly 23 years ago.
12 Aug 14 ROY Dunn’s bull riding victory in Mount Isa replicated the feats of his champion uncle Troy exactly 23 years ago.
THE rural sector continues to be a key driver of market growth for all-terrain-vehicles (ATVs) and side-by-side vehicles (SSVs), with sales of the versatile farm workhorses going from strength to strength.
11 Aug 14 THE rural sector continues to be a key driver of market growth for all-terrain-vehicles (ATVs) and side-by-side vehicles (SSVs), with sales of the versatile farm workhorses going from...
IT WAS back in September 1941 that 29-year-old Margaret Somerville called in at the Sydney offices of the Methodist Overseas Mission.
10 Aug 14 IT WAS back in September 1941 that 29-year-old Margaret Somerville called in at the Sydney offices of the Methodist Overseas Mission.
THE 2014 Rabobank Beef Challenge is once again focused solely on the graziers in the Richmond Shire with the Flinders and McKinlay Shire opting not to stage the Challenge this year because of the drought.
10 Aug 14 THE 2014 Rabobank Beef Challenge is once again focused solely on the graziers in the Richmond Shire with the Flinders and McKinlay Shire opting not to stage the Challenge this year...
Cattle - Beef
ORGANISERS of the Birdsville Races, one of the outback’s most famous and remote race meets, are anticipating record crowds at this year’s event.
09 Aug 14 ORGANISERS of the Birdsville Races, one of the outback’s most famous and remote race meets, are anticipating record crowds at this year’s event.
CLOSE to 1500 eager racing enthusiasts converged at the Middlemount Race Club earlier this month to soak in the atmosphere of a closely contested five race program while having a great time with friends and family along the way.
07 Aug 14 CLOSE to 1500 eager racing enthusiasts converged at the Middlemount Race Club earlier this month to soak in the atmosphere of a closely contested five race program while having a great...
FOR reasons unknown the Corfield Cup race meeting has always attracted a very good crowd and the 2014 event was no different.
06 Aug 14 FOR reasons unknown the Corfield Cup race meeting has always attracted a very good crowd and the 2014 event was no different.
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So with this example of how Mr Pinner and ADM work, if ADM had got hold of GrainCorp, Mr Pinner
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wtf, you appear to miss the basic point that we try to teach our children: When you borrow
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David, so you got a raw deal in and out of parliament over your stance on levies. Welcome to the
THE inaugural Northern Territory Field Days being held at the Katherine Research Station on September 18-19 continues to expand in scope with the 100 exhibitor mark firmly in sight.
03 Aug 14 THE inaugural Northern Territory Field Days being held at the Katherine Research Station on September 18-19...
BEING an international supplier and distributor of animal health products in Australia, Bayer HealthCare Animal Health projected a major presence at the World Buiatrics Conference (WBC) at the Cairns Convention Centre last week.02 Aug 14 BEING an international supplier and distributor of animal health products in Australia, Bayer HealthCare Animal...