April 2021

Published a story 10th Apr 2021 3:12 PM

IN PHOTOS: It was a night of reflection and appreciation as the community celebrated the Mackay-based service born out of necessity and hard-fought fundraising.

Triumph, tragedy and saving lives: CQ Rescue marks 25 years

IN PHOTOS: It was a night of reflection and appreciation as the community celebrated the Mackay-based service born out of necessity and hard-fought fundraising.

Published a story 9th Apr 2021 5:01 PM

Precisely what you probably didn’t need on a Friday afternoon.

North Mackay traffic lights out after truck hits powerlines

Precisely what you probably didn’t need on a Friday afternoon.

Published a story 8th Apr 2021 6:30 PM

A national campaign seeks to lift the lid on where the best dunnies are to inspire more people to hit the road with confidence.

Great dunny hunt wants you to flush out best public toilets

A national campaign seeks to lift the lid on where the best dunnies are to inspire more people to hit the road with confidence.

Published a story 5th Apr 2021 5:13 PM

A Whitsundays brother and sister have struck it rich unearthing an opal deposit valued at $1.2m on a hunt in southwest Queensland.

Whitsunday siblings unearth $1.2m opal deposit

A Whitsundays brother and sister have struck it rich unearthing an opal deposit valued at $1.2m on a hunt in southwest Queensland.

Published a story 1st Apr 2021 2:08 PM

Somehow we are already in April – a bit hard to believe but not all that surprising given everything that is happening in our great region.

From the Daily Mercury Ed’s desk: Have a happy Easter

Somehow we are already in April – a bit hard to believe but not all that surprising given everything that is happening in our great region.

March 2021

Published a story 27th Mar 2021 8:17 PM

Athletes wanting to take the next step in their respective fields can learn from the best with a landmark retreat planned for Airlie Beach.

Airlie Beach to host nation-leading athletes retreat

Athletes wanting to take the next step in their respective fields can learn from the best with a landmark retreat planned for Airlie Beach.

Published a story 27th Mar 2021 12:14 AM

It is the proven breeding ground for some of the code’s rising stars, and an extra $2500 in the kitty will mean an extra push for more juniors.

How Bella’s rising star shines on Sarina Demons

It is the proven breeding ground for some of the code’s rising stars, and an extra $2500 in the kitty will mean an extra push for more juniors.

Published a story 25th Mar 2021 11:06 PM

It’s six years since Hemi Goodwin-Burke died at the hands of his babysitter but his family continue to tirelessly fight for the voiceless and their families.

Remembering Hemi: The club no family wants to join

It’s six years since Hemi Goodwin-Burke died at the hands of his babysitter but his family continue to tirelessly fight for the voiceless and their families.

Published a story 24th Mar 2021 9:38 PM

A Mackay police officer’s actions in stopping a woman from lighting herself on fire at a Northern Beaches home has been recognised with an Australian Bravery Award.

Mackay officer’s heroics stop Eimeo woman’s self-immolation

A Mackay police officer’s actions in stopping a woman from lighting herself on fire at a Northern Beaches home has been recognised with an Australian Bravery Award.

Published a story 24th Mar 2021 4:52 PM

‘He was a brilliant light to all who knew him in the community and beyond.’

‘Gentle, kind, loving’: Tributes for Mirani father of three

‘He was a brilliant light to all who knew him in the community and beyond.’

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Tara joined the company in 2010 after graduating with a journalism and politics degree from Griffith University in Brisbane. After first working in newspapers in the Bowen Basin in Central Queensland, she joined the team at The Chronicle in 2013. In September that year she took over the reins of the Rural Weekly, and has been on the crime desk in Toowoomba since 2015.