Western Star team shines

Pa­per wins big at awards

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THE Western Star team has shown it can keep up with the com­pe­ti­tion, pick­ing up sev­eral prizes at this year’s Queens­land Coun­try Press Awards.

The awards cer­e­mony, which was hosted in Bris­bane last Fri­day, fo­cused on ad­ver­tis­ing and jour­nal­is­tic ex­cel­lence across 40 state news­pa­pers.

The Western Star started strong, with a third plac­ing in the open sec­tion for jour­nal­is­tic ex­cel­lence.

Judge Peter Read said the pa­per had “a good story count on early pages, boosted by im­pres­sive briefs col­umns”.

Roma jour­nal­ist Alexia Austin was awarded third in the in­di­vid­ual jour­nal­ist ex­cel­lence cat­e­gory for her work on veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment.

Ms Austin was also recog­nised for her pho­tog­ra­phy. In a field of 139 en­tries, she won a sec­ond and two third place awards for her sports, news and com­mu­nity pho­tos.

The work of the The

Western Star ad­ver­tis­ing team was also recog­nised. The Coun­try Car­ni­vale

wrap was highly com­mended, as was the an­nual car­i­ca­ture car­toon cal­en­dar.

A high­light of the con­fer­ence was a fo­rum and panel dis­cus­sion on is­sues and op­por­tu­ni­ties in re­gional Queens­land.

Panel guests in­cluded the Leader of the Op­po­si­tion Deb Freck­ling­ton, Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Re­gional Devel­op­ment and Fed­eral Mem­ber for Groom Dr John McVeigh.

The fo­rum was me­di­ated by News­Corp gen­eral man­ager for Queens­land and North­ern Ter­ri­tory re­gion­als Simon Ir­win.

Top­ics cov­ered in­cluded im­prov­ing health and ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices to at­tract pro­fes­sion­als into the bush and en­cour­age them to stay there, the need for in­no­va­tion projects to re­duce un­em­ploy­ment in the re­gions, de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion and the need for sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in both the state’s wa­ter and trans­port net­works.

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TEAM WORK: Mar­guerite Cud­dihy, Alexia Austin and Hineata Cash at the Queens­land Coun­try Press Awards.

The award pre­sen­ta­tion for jour­nal­is­tic ex­cel­lence at the QCPA awards cer­e­mony 2018 (from left) Chris­tian Berechee, judge Brian Hurst, Julie Shearer and Alexia Austin.

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