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Schoolboys’ act of kindness for Townsville suburb met with hugs and high-fives from locals

ROLLING up their sleeves and braving the mud, 14 schoolboys from a rural Catholic school travelled to the flood-ravaged suburb of Idalia, Townsville, to help out their neighbours. The boys from St Teresa’s College, Abergowrie, received high praise for their initiative. They managed to clear out eight houses and filled up two dump trucks for the kerbside pick-up. College principal ... Read More »

Rural areas of Townsville diocese look ‘like a war zone’ after floods wipe out stock and crops

NO-man’s-land encrusted with cattle carcasses and graziers hovering in helicopters, unable to reach their bogged, starved and diseased animals, tells the tale of heartache felt across the rural areas of Townsville diocese.  An estimated 500,000 cattle perished in the floods, a direct economic loss of about $300 million. Townsville Bishop Tim Harris said he was troubled by the crushing debt ... Read More »

Ross River Dam gates open for first time in years as North Queensland buckles in for rough weather

HEAVY rains and rising floodwaters have cut off roads and bridges across North Queensland, quenching a long drought and even forcing the opening of the Ross River Dam floodgates for the first time since 2014. A disaster situation was declared by Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and ordered the closure of Townsville schools and childcare centres for Friday, February 1.  However, ... Read More »

‘Fantastic’ rain brings relief to several communities up north

flooding in Mt Isa

TRAFFIC is not a word Corena Powers uses much in Mount Isa. But that’s what graced the Good Shepherd parish secretary’s morning school drop-off just days after what was the heaviest rainfall through the north-west Queensland city in years. Flooding of the Leichhardt River shut down two of Mount Isa’s bridges, forcing all traffic to and from the city to ... Read More »

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