December 23, 2018
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers and advertisers a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
southburnett.com.au is taking a short break over the Festive Season and will return to normal updating on January 21
While we’re away we’ll continue to broadcast some subjects (such as our live TV program schedules, weather reports, the Satellite Cinema’s weekly movie guide, and public notices from the South Burnett Regional Council).
We will also be posting occasional news updates if important stories break.
Our normal phone and email contacts will also be operating throughout the break if you need to get in touch with us.
And, naturally, should a major news story break, we will be back at our desks immediately.
We would also like to thank you, our loyal readers, for another year of growth – our sixth year as the South Burnett’s only locally owned, locally run daily newspaper.
During the past year our website received slightly more than 3 million unique visits, we broadcast almost 19 million pages, and our servers chewed up 1.1 terabytes of bandwidth to do this.
Since April 2012 we have published 15,834 articles and 35,217 images, nearly all of them about the South Burnett or about issues that could directly impact the people who live here.
We’ve been proud to bring the stories about our wonderful piece of the planet – and the people who make it so – to you and to the world.
And we hope we’re proving why local journalism is more relevant than ever!
It’s also timely to look back at some of the milestones that have occurred in the South Burnett over the past 12 months, and some of the people we have lost.
The year began with the funeral service for Lady Bjelke-Petersen.
Lady Flo died on December 20, 2017. Her State Funeral, held at Kingaroy Town Hall in January, attracted a host of politicians and other dignitaries to the South Burnett to honour the former Queensland Senator.
The South Burnett also lost two giants of local government.
Former Murgon mayor Bill Roberts and former Wondai mayor Percy Iszlaub died within weeks of each other.
Sadly, their much-loved wives, Mary and Alison, joined them within months.
Other well-known South Burnett citizens we lost in 2018 included CRISIS founder Irma Close, Nanango Race Club’s John Lee and Col Ryan, and Kingaroy businessmen Allan Swendson and Kevin Taylor.
Mother Nature wasn’t kind to our region with a number of damaging storms, including the devastating October event that swept through Kumbia and Coolabunia and the mini-tornado which hit Tansey.
A massive bushfire also raged for days in the Woolooga area, threatening the township at one stage.
And the drought continued …
But on a happier note, the long-awaited Blackbutt Supermarket opened its doors, new (or upgraded) service stations opened in Nanango and Kingaroy, and work started on the Bunnings complex.
Swickers’ rebuild after its devastating fire was officially completed, and the company’s $60 million expansion plans powered on despite stresses in the pork industry overall.
Bega completed its takeover of the ailing Peanut Company of Australia, and a multi-million dollar expansion took place at PCA’s major competitor, G. Crumpton and Sons.
And the South Burnett Rail Trail celebrated its first birthday.
So it’s been another big year for our region …
All the best for 2019!