The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Articles from November 5, 2011

A True Blue Bush Bash; Ann Rickard Tries Tofind Her Tough-Sheila Side in the Outback
IT might have been all about glamour at the Opera in the Outback at the Undara Experience, but there was the chance to show our tough man/sheila sides in the morning at the bush breakfast held at the Ringer's Camp within the camping grounds. Well,...
BMW M3 Coupe: Beauty and the Beast
Toowoomba BMW, BMW's rural dealer of 2010, has an exclusive M3 Coupe Frozen Black Edition in the showroom. Produced as a limited edition of 60 world-wide this beautiful beast is one of only 12 in the country. The rugged and refined car promises...
Business Icon Was Talented Athlete and Man of Integrity; Humble Leader Contributed across Community
TOM O'Brien became an icon in the Australian business community through the 1980s and 1990s when he led the growth of Defiance Mills from a Toowoomba-based flour milling company to a national industry leader and Australia's number one flour brand....
Cambooya: Good Country Living; by Marina Jetnikoff
suburbsnapshot CAMBOOYA, a rural town of about 850 people, is 20 kilometres south-west of Toowoomba. It is sited on the lands of the Gaibal peoples. In 1840 Arthur Hodgson chose 65,000 acres of land watered by the headwaters of the Condamine...
Carmen in Savannah; Ann Rickard Finds Glamour in the Outback
THERE'S a man coming towards us wearing a dinner suit, carrying a bottle of champagne. Nothing unusual in that. Except we are in the Queensland outback, pretty much miles from anywhere. This is how it is at Opera in the Outback at the Undara Experience...
Garden Cuttings; Stumped by a Sickly Salvia? Send Your Question, Including a Return Address, to Justin Russell, 237 Hampton Road, Hampton QLD, 4352 or Email Justin@thistlebrook.Com.Au
Q. I am enclosing two cuttings and hope you can help me. The first cutting with the yellow flower is from a plant that has taken over the front garden. I have spent the last few days trying to dig out all the suckers and established roots, but I don't...
Halloween Proves Tricky; Peter Patter with Peter Hardwick
Byline: peterh@thechronicle.com.au UP until Monday this week Halloween to me had been nothing more than another silly American tradition that only ever briefly encroached on my world via US television shows. However, that all changed on Monday...
Have a Laugh
THE young woman was sitting in court while the policeman was being cross-examined on the witness stand. The lawyer asked, C[pounds sterling]When you stopped the defendant, were your red and blue lights flashing?C[yen] C[pounds sterling]Yes, sir, they...
Interest Rate Cut Needed
TUESDAY'S decision to cut interest rates will provide stability for the building industry, and an additional rate cut in December will further strengthen consumer confidence and stimulate building activity, according to Master Builders, Queensland's...
It's a Real Shock, but We're Having Post-Wedding Blues
REGULAR readers will be delighted to know our son's big wedding went off a treat. Our eldest and his fiancE[umlaut]e managed to dodge a series of savage thunderstorms to be safely, joyously and elegantly married at a beautiful spot near Newrybar,...
Jail Steals Teen's Smile
Byline: Peter Hardwick @thechronicle.com.au TEENAGER Brad Gillis is slowly waking from the nightmare that saw him jailed for a violent crime he had nothing to do with. To his family, Brad was the happy-go-lucky teenager facing life with a smile....
League Legends to Take Up the Bat
Byline: Ben Drewe ben.drewe@thechronicle.com.au THEY may have made their mark on Queensland sport with a different shaped ball but the competitive juices will still flow when rugby league legends Allan Langer and Wendell Sailor take on Toowoomba...
Leigh Is Back at York Realty
LEIGH Harriman was a founding member of the York Realty team when it opened its first office at West St in early 2007. Born and bred in Toowoomba, Leigh settled with her husband on a property outside of Toowoomba in 1980. Leigh joined another...
Macdermott Shows the Way in Style; National Championship Runner-Up Chips in with Handy Advice
Byline: GLEN McCULLOUGH glenm@thechronicle.com.au EVERY golfer loves to pick up a tip or two about the game. Well, Carmel Macdermott handed a couple out for free last week when she found herself in the spotlight of this year's Australian Women's...
New Legislation Tackles Neighbourhood Disputes
NEW legislation to help resolve disputes about overhanging trees and dividing fences came into effect this week. Attorney General Paul Lucas said the Neighbourhood Disputes Resolution Act replaced the Dividing Fences Act which had been in effect...
Nice and New in Harristown
THIS immaculate brick home was built by Gordon Bourke only six months ago. It features a considered neutral palette which is echoed in all the quality fittings. A formal lounge at the front of the house opens off the wide entrance hallway. ...
No Free Drink but He's Pretty in Pink
AFTER 30 years, you'd think a bloke would know better than to trust his amatesa. Not a certain Toowoomba bar manager who, for sake of anonymity, Whispers will simply refer to as aMicka (although that just happens to be his name). A couple of...
No Secret ... Begg Is Keen for Bigger Tests
Byline: CARYL WILLIAMSON of AAP EUROPE might produce the best stayers and Australia the best sprinters but Grahame Begg would like to take on the world with his middle distance star Secret Admirer. Whether it happens next year or 2013, Begg believes...
Of Babies, Rain Andvegie Plots; JUSTIN RUSSELL Looks Back over Five Years of Writing about Gardening for the Chronicle
TODAY marks the fifth anniversary of Secret Garden! For those who've been reading this column from the very beginning, you might remember that I started with an article on Jacarandas on November 4, 2006. Here we are, 260 columns later, and I feel like...
Paradise on City's Doorstep
Picnic Point158 Tourist Rd Land: 2023m2 Asking: $679,000 Agent: Bill Hedger 0418 789 155 McAdam and Turnbull Inspect: By appointment Pictures: Supplied A PARADISE in the sought-after range location is yours for the taking. ...
REIQ Outlook
THIS week we have seen a lift in enquiry from first home buyers. It appears to be that time in the market where investors and first home buyer start to compete for the same properties and we have recently heard of local agents having to do multiple...
Relax in Landscaped Luxury
NESTLED among fully landscaped gardens is this comfortable and spacious family home. From the front entry foyer, which features classic black and white floor tiles, you step into the main body of the home. Across the wide hallway you'll find...
Retreat to the Country
THIS country-style retreat is close to city amenities, but is still far enough away that you don't need to be on top of your neighbours. Set well back from the quiet road, the large family home is the perfect place to while away life's stresses....
Rowe Takes Hospital Helm; Appointment Eases Conflict in Boardroom
Byline: Chris Calcino @thechronicle.com.au THE ongoing conflict in the St Andrew's Hospital boardroom has taken a step towards resolution with the appointment of new chairman John Rowe. Interim chairman Rev Andrew Clarke has handed over leadership,...
Sacrifices Etched in Past; CHRIS CALCINO Talks to a Retired Medic and Soldier Who Believes in Passing on the Stories about the Courage of Diggers to the Younger Generation
NEVER FORGET: Steve Baryla tells tales of his medic days in the Australian Army to grandchildren Dylan and Lauren Baryla. FIRST STEP: The city gathers to celebrate the laying of the foundation stone of the Toowoomba Sub-Branch RSL on Anzac Day in...
Sickening Attack Shocks Oakey
Byline: Lacey Burley @thechronicle.com.au AN Oakey grandmother, 84, was threatened at knife-point, bashed and raped during a sickening attack which has shocked the community. The woman was in her backyard when she was initially confronted...
Sprinter's Move a Blow but the Show Continues
Byline: GLEN McCULLOUGH glenm@thechronicle.com.au THE 2011 IAAF World Championships promised to be a highpoint in the 17-year career of Toowoomba athletics coach Gerrard Keating. After almost 18 months working with emerging sprinter Charlotte...
Stunning Home Centrally Located
Highfields8 Mather St Land: 1000m2 Asking: $439,000 Agent: Peter Harvey 0428 800 078 York Realty Inspect: Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 11.45am Pictures: Alysa Welke IMMACULATELY presented and wonderfully convenient, this home...
Things to Do This Weekend
FAIRIES IN THE PARK WHAT a magical day to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the official opening of the Queensland State Rose Garden in Newtown Park tomorrow. Make-a-Wish Australia will host an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for aThe...
Time to End the Division in the Diocese
Byline: Peter Hardwick @thechronicle.com.au AFTER six months of debate, argument and diocesan division since Bishop William Morris's withdrawal from office/forced retirement/sacking, surely it is time to move on. Like any member of the Toowoomba...
Uncle's Lost War Medals A[euro][approximately]come Home'
Byline: Callum Bentley @thechronicle.com.au A THOUGHTFUL gesture by a stranger has helped Goombungee couple John and Barbara Harth bring home an important part of their family history. Mr and Mrs Harth were alerted to a set of First World War...