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Rockhampton Bishop shares experience of Cyclone Debbie damage

Rockhampton Bishop shares experience of Cyclone Debbie damage

ON Wednesday, April 19 I travelled to Mackay and saw for myself the extensive damage to the land and to the people from the effects of Cyclone Debbie. I visited communities with Fr Don White, the parish priest of South Mackay and including Sarina, Koumala and Carmila. Our first stop was to survey the damage caused by the excess water ... Read More »

Community in Lismore helps Trinity Catholic College in wake of floods

Community in Lismore helps Trinity Catholic College in wake of floods

TRINITY Catholic College principal Marist Brother John Hilet has praised the college community for the spirit it showed in the wake of Lismore’s devastating floods earlier this month. Br Hilet said torrential rain at the start of April from the remnants of Cyclone Debbie produced floodwaters that topped Lismore’s levee bank for the first since it was built 12 years ... Read More »

Rockhampton bishop speaks out after coral reef pummelled by Cyclone Debbie

Rockhampton bishop speaks out after coral reef pummelled by Cyclone Debbie

DAMAGE to the Great Barrier Reef in the wake of Cyclone Debbie has prompted one of Queensland’s bishops to renew a call for greater environmental protection. “Speaking as a former industrial chemist, I note that there has been tremendous damage done to the reef by the run-off of waters and untreated effluent contained by our industries,” Rockhampton Bishop Michael McCarthy said. ... Read More »

Meet the hairdressers aiming to give 1000 free haircuts to the homeless this year

Meet the hairdressers aiming to give 1000 free haircuts to the homeless this year

TWO hairdressers in Brisbane’s north are taking their scissors to the streets, offering free haircuts to the homeless. Working out of a mobile van, Danielle Hannah and Teresa Reed, of Jack Reed Barber Shop, Scarborough, have set themselves a mission of giving 1000 free haircuts by the end of this year. “Fresh hair and a shave can feel like a fresh ... Read More »

Much-loved priest Fr John Newman mourned by Cairns Catholic community

Much-loved priest Fr John Newman mourned by Cairns Catholic community

THE Cairns Catholic community has mourned the loss of well-known and much-loved priest Fr John Newman. Fr Newman had served the diocese for more than 50 years in priestly ministry. His long standing commitment to his many chaplaincy appointments saw him heavily involved as chaplain to both Calvary and Cairns Base hospitals, director of both Catholic Mission and Vocations, St ... Read More »

Brisbane hospital can now scan your brain in under one second

Brisbane hospital can now scan your brain in under one second

MATER Hospital Brisbane has taken delivery of a computed tomography scanner that provides scans in about a third of a second and delivers significantly less radiation. The new scanner takes 0.75 seconds to perform a brain scan compared to two to three minutes with previous machines. This makes a significant difference for patients suffering anxiety or dementia for whom lying ... Read More »

Rockhampton preparing for swamped Easter as floodwaters expected to rise

Rockhampton preparing for swamped Easter as floodwaters expected to rise

ROCKHAMPTON’S bishop has praised the “extraordinary” efforts of the community preparing for an Eastertide surrounded by the worst floods since 2011. Bishop Michael McCarthy said early in the week many homes had been evacuated and were expected to be isolated as floodwaters continued to rise in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie. The Rockhampton airport also closed at midday on Monday ... Read More »

Lismore starts clean-up after surviving the “most savage flood in living memory”

Lismore starts clean-up after surviving the “most savage flood in living memory”

LISMORE priest Fr Peter Karam has not seen anything like the 2017 flood that inundated his South Lismore church and school. Fr Karam was emotional as he ventured inside Our Lady Help of Christians Church. All the furnishings, with the exception of the pews, have been damaged or destroyed, putting a major curtail on the parish’s Easter celebrations. “It’s the ... Read More »

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