Turn­bull not guilty and and Batt the new MP

Wild weather and ma­jor tri­als marked the month of Oc­to­ber

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Oc­to­ber 2

■ Bund­aberg Po­lice Sergeant Mick Ward was plead­ing for all driv­ers to be care­ful when us­ing lo­cal roads af­ter a dou­ble fa­tal­ity on Rosedale Rd, about 20km north of Bund­aberg. The tragedy marked the fourth and fifth fa­tal­ity in the re­gion dur­ing the Septem­ber school hol­i­day pe­riod. The crash, which hap­pened just be­fore noon, was be­tween two mo­tor­bikes and oc­curred in the south-bound lane, block­ing traf­fic for the rest of the af­ter­noon. One man was pro­nounced dead at the scene while the other was taken to hos­pi­tal and later died.

Oc­to­ber 3

■ The drought-stricken Bund­aberg re­gion had not seen a drop of rain since July 14. Then the re­gion copped a 300mm del­uge with emer­gency ser­vice crews rush­ing about the re­gion. There was a mini tor­nado, flights can­celled, power out­ages, roads blocked, schools closed and dams ris­ing.

Oc­to­ber 4

■ The sub­urb of Avenell Heights was meant to pro­vide wel­come re­lief for Gay­lene and Terry Adams, who left North Bund­aberg af­ter they lost ev­ery­thing in 2013. They moved to their new home and be­gan re­build­ing their lives. But the wild weather fol­lowed them to their new home when a fly­ing roof crashed in their back­yard. One thing the cou­ple didn’t lose was their sense of hu­mour. Mr Adams sim­ply ut­tered “bug­ger” when he re­alised the ex­tent of the dam­age to his shed.

Oc­to­ber 5

■ A Bund­aberg mum who de­cided to give mod­el­ling one last go be­fore her 30th birth­day was named a fi­nal­ist in the Miss Su­per­cars com­pe­ti­tion. As a fi­nal­ist, Jodie Poz- zan was through her paces in the judg­ing cir­cuit at the Gold Coast 600.

Oc­to­ber 6

■ He might not be play­ing but former Tur­tle Tre­maine Tairawhiti will be with the team ev­ery step of the way. The Tur­tles Broth­ers started their cam­paign for an eighth­straight Spring Cup against the Pythons in a grand fi­nal re­play at The Waves Sports Ground. It was the first time the teams have played since Tairawhiti died just a day af­ter the grand fi­nal. To com­mem­o­rate his life, the teams would have a minute’s si­lence. Tur­tles Broth­ers would also honour Tairawhiti with their jersey this sea­son.

Oc­to­ber 7

■ Bund­aberg Land­care’s Mike John­son called on the com­mu­nity to take a stand to stop the State De­vel­op­ment Area at Bund­aberg Port from om go­ing ahead. The state’s in­de­pen­dent t Co-or­di­ina­tor- Gen­eral re­leased the Bund­aberg Draft De­vel­op­ment Scheme for the par­cel rcel of land next ext to the port, seek­ing eek­ing com­ment on nn Septem­ber 1818, 18, but Mr John­son hn­son claimed a 400400 year-old tree and tur­tles would be put at risk.

Oc­to­ber 9

■ Bund­aberg mayor Jack Dempsey wel­comed the CMCA mem­bers and crew to the beau­ti­ful Bund­aberg re­gion as the lo­ca­tion for their rally.

Oc­to­ber 100 10

■ The great­est an­i­mal an­ima love bat­tle on the planet was wa pho­tographed in wa­ters near Lady El­liot Is­land. Up to 11 male hump­back whales were seen duk­ing it out in an epic fight known as a “heat run” to win the heart of a whale mother-of-one near the is­land.

Oc­to­ber 11

■ Sob­bing as she walked alone on a dark street af­ter mid­night, an up­set teenager did not ex­pect a stranger who walked over to ask how she was, would rape her on the bi­tu­men road.

But a jury found Al­fred “Al­fie” Sit­ters guilty of rap­ing the 18-year-old on Vic­to­ria St. Af­ter­wards, she made her way to the East End Ho­tel where she got help. Af­ter hear­ing two days of ev­i­dence in the District Court trial in which Sit­ters, 33, de­nied rap­ing and sex­u­ally as­sault­ing the teen about 1am on Novem­ber 8, 2015, it took the jury just over two hours to reach its guilty verdict on rape, and two counts of sex­ual as­sault. His sen­tenc­ing was ad­journed af­ter Judge Everson started hear­ing sen­tenc­ing sub­mis­sions but stopped part-heard, be­cause the de­fence did not

te have pro­fes­sional med­i­cal ev­i­dence on in­tel­lec­tual ca­pac­ity to put be­fore the court.

Oc­to­ber 13

Glad­stone Ports Cor­po­ra­tion re­leased its 2016-17 an­nual re­port, show­ing record through­put ton­nages, strong rev­enue and solid profitabil­ity. GPC’s three ports, Bund­aberg, Glad­stone and Rock­hamp­ton, han­dled a record 121.2 mil­lion tonnes of cargo, 4.5 mil­lion tonnes more than the 2015-16 fi­nan­cial year for a com­bined rev­enue to­tal of $470.9 mil­lion.

Oc­to­ber 14

■ The most I know about Mal­colm Turn­bull is that he is our pres­i­dent ... I mean prime min­ster," one stu­dent said. Prior to the state elec­tion, the NewsMail sat down with a group of Bundy stu­dents to talk about how they viewed pol­i­tics and, while some had an in­ter­est in the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem, they all said they knew more about what was hap­pen­ing in Amer­ica than Aus­tralia – “be­cause it’s bor­ing”.

Oc­to­ber 16

■ Fraud of­fences dra­mat­i­cally in­creased in the past 12

months, with po­lice blam­ing ad­vance­ments in tech­nol­ogy. As part of Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice’s Sta­tis­ti­cal Re­view it was re­vealed fraud in the Wide Bay Bur­nett re­gion had risen by 88.4per cent.

Oc­to­ber 17

■ While the threat of thun­der­storms had passed, heavy rain and strong winds with the po­ten­tial for mi­nor flood­ing were still a pos­si­bil­ity for re­gion. The Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy is­sued an Ini­tial Flood Watch for coastal catch­ments from Glad­stone to Caloun­dra as rain drenched the re­gion.

Oc­to­ber 18

■ Amid the tor­ren­tial drench­ing which smashed the re­gion, tragedy struck with author­i­ties search­ing for six fish­er­men af­ter their trawler cap­sized near Agnes Wa­ter. A po­lice spokesman said one mem­ber of the trawler’s seven-man crew was found by a pass­ing boat about 7am yes­ter­day af­ter nearly 12 hours in the wa­ter. The boat, Dianne, over­turned near Mid­dle Is­land, north of Seven­teen Sev­enty about 7.30pm on Mon- day, and sank about mid­night.

Oc­to­ber 19

■ Nearly a dozen schools re­mained closed due to the weather, and homes in low­ly­ing ar­eas in Monto and Lowmead be­came sur­rounded by moats while oth­ers were evac­u­ated.

Oc­to­ber 20

■ The NewsMail was as a fi­nal­ist in the 2017 News Corp Aus­tralia News Awards. The NewsMail was up against the Cairns Post and the De­fy­ing Deb­bie sou­venir pub­li­ca­tion in the Achieve­ments in Re­gional Jour­nal­ism cat­e­gory. The Cairns Post came away vic­to­ri­ous when the win­ner was an­nounced the fol­low­ing week.

Oc­to­ber 21

■ The sky opened up with a dis­play like no other and Bund­aberg had a front-row seat to an as­tro­nom­i­cal event with ties to Hal­ley’s Comet. The me­teor shower the Ori­on­ids was first recorded by the Chi­nese in 288AD and was vis­i­ble from Oc­to­ber 15-29.

Oc­to­ber 23

■ Choco­late lovers cha chad down the CBD as lo­cally loved Cha Cha Choco­late opened a store­front. Fol­low­ing the busi­ness’s sixth birth­day, owner of the choc shop Me­lan­ice Ja­cob­sen said she couldn’t wait to open her store on Targo St.

Oc­to­ber 24

■ A Moore Park Beach cou­ple was dev­as­tated af­ter their four-wheel drive was swal­lowed by the ocean on Sun­day night. It was one of two cars that be­came bogged, and mul­ti­ple at­tempts to pull it out of the soft sand failed. The four-wheel drives spent the night with wa­ter lap­ping their roofs af­ter the tide rose.

Oc­to­ber 25

■ Our Bund­aberg Rum Dis­tillery, Hin­kler Hall of Avi­a­tion and Kellys Beach Re­sort were all se­lected as Bundy en­trants in the Queens­land Tourism Awards, hosted by the Queens­land Tourism In

dus­try Coun­cil.

Oc­to­ber 26

■ A cruise ship whihc has pas­sen­gers pay tens of thou­sands of dol­lars to sail the seas in op­u­lent lux­ury will dock at the Port of Bund­aberg in June. The Sil­versea line ship Sil­ver Dis­cov­erer will make its way from Port Vila with a six-hour stop in Bundy en route to Cairns. Bund­aberg North Bur­nett Tourism gen­eral man­ager Kather­ine Reid said BNBT had been work­ing for 18 months on a tour­ing pro­gram for pas­sen­gers that would high­light the best of Bund­aberg’s food and drinks.

Oc­to­ber 27

■ The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment will al­lo­cate $2m to fund a task­force to in­ves­ti­gate staffing in aged care. Ear­lier this year, the NewsMail re­ported on staff cuts in aged care homes and Bund­aberg nurses took to the streets in protest. The an­nounce­ment came as part of a raft of aged care re­forms to tar­get el­derly abuse.

Oc­to­ber 28

■ FI­NALLY a free man at 4.20pm on a Fri­day, Luke Turn­bull walked from Bund­aberg Po­lice Sta­tion with his mum and dad. Af­ter nearly two years spent in limbo fac­ing a mur­der charge over the stab­bing death of Bund­aberg boxer Lan­don De­linecort, the face of Mr Turn­bull could not be seen when a Supreme Court jury pro­nounced his in­no­cence.

Oc­to­ber 30

■ The gloves came off as Leanne Don­ald­son, David Batt and Jane Tr­us­cott bat­tled it out for the mar­ginal seat of Bund­aberg. Af­ter a long fight for the seat, LNP can­di­date David Batt was the new state rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Bund­aberg.

Oc­to­ber 31

LO­CALS were slap­ping them­selves silly af­ter re­cent rain brought in what seemed to be a plague of mos­qui­toes. Res­i­dents took to so­cial me­dia to vent, ask­ing for reme­dies and ways to con­trol them. The NewsMail re­vealed in July there had been 1830 mozzie-borne virus in­fec­tions re­ported in the first seven months of the year, com­pared to 2462 for the whole of 2016 in Queens­land.

OC­TO­BER: (Clock­wise from top left) Luke Turn­bull was found not guilty of mur­der, the port hit new highs, Hin­kler Hall of Avi­a­tion was an­nounced as one of the best tourism places, David Batt won the seat of Bund­aberg, Cha Cha Choco­late ex­panded, Land­care said the SDA at teh port was not a good idea, cars sank at Moore Park Beach, storms ripped through Bund­aberg and the CMCA rally was in town.

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