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Townsville Bulletin - - Weekend Extra / Regional News -

IN­N­IS­FAIL Ba­bies born this Christ­mas will mark a sec­ond mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion as Cy­clone Larry’s legacy con­tin­ues. Bart and Kathryn Dry­den are par­ents of one such ‘cy­clone baby’, hav­ing con­ceived their first child in the days fol­low­ing Larry.‘‘No lights, no TV, it was early to bed,’’ Mr Dry­den said. CHAR­TERS TOW­ERS The Sal­va­tion Army in Char­ters Tow­ers dis­trib­uted food ham­pers worth $2500 to needy fam­i­lies in the city over Christ­mas. But the de­liv­ery of ham­pers is not only the work of the Salvos. Cap­tain Mal­colm Love said sup­port had been out­stand­ing from a num­ber of com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions. BOWEN Bowen busi­nesses are be­ing urged to not let the op­por­tu­ni­ties the film­ing of the Baz Luhrmann movie Aus­tralia here next year slip by. With celebri­ties, me­dia and sight­seers sure to de­scend on Bowen, Mayor Mike Brunker says it is a great chance to high­light the pro­duce of the re­gion. IN­N­IS­FAIL The John­stone Shire Coun­cil is at it again. This time Cr June Sue Yek is in the gun af­ter al­legedly abus­ing col­league Tom Mauloni fol­low­ing last week’s or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing.Cr Mauloni is­sued let­ters to his fel­low coun­cil­lors this week, ad­vis­ing of the com­plaint. ING­HAM A Christ­mas gift to the Her­bert has fi­nally ar­rived, with the highly an­tic­i­pated end to a long and tur­bu­lent 2006 crush­ing sea­son end­ing this week.A to­tal of about 4.9 mil­lion tonnes of cane was in ther Her­bert this sea­son, shy of last year’s record har­vest of 5.553 mil­lion tonnes. ING­HAM As Christ­mas drew near, ly­chee farm­ers Marc and Sandy Row­ell were look­ing for­ward to the end of what had been a short but pro­duc­tive pick­ing sea­son. The for­mer MP for Hinch­in­brook op­er­ates one of the big­gest ly­chee farms in the re­gion. THE BUR­DEKIN Mayor Lyn McLaugh­lin is to nom­i­nate again as a mem­ber of the Min­is­te­rial Re­gional Com­mu­nity Fo­rum for this re­gion. Cr McLaugh­lin has been a mem­ber for the past three years. ‘‘There are lots of ben­e­fits I gained for the shire and I am look­ing at nom­i­nat­ing,’’ she said. THE BUR­DEKIN A re­fusal by the Bur­dekin Cul­tural Com­plex Board to ac­cede to a re­quest for spon­sor­ship for a school mu­si­cal has been de­scribed as ‘em­bar­rass­ing’ for the Bur­dekin Shire Coun­cil. The Os­borne State School asked for spon­sor­ship for the hire of the Bur­dekin Me­mo­rial Hall in Septem­ber.

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