On the 25 October 2018 the friends and family of Margaret Thorsborne AO, gathered to say farewell to the Cardwell woman who was a well loved community icon and who dedicated her life to conservation.

Round em up; move em up

An exploration of a working cattle station Mount Isa is an historic and mineral rich, rural town, located in the outback of Queensland where the skies remain blue most of the year making it an ideal climate to undertake some unique activities. In August every year, since 1959, a bunch of cowboys and girls cling to […]

Cardwell and surrounds

South of Cardwell is the Murray Falls National Park. With a moderate level of fitness you can take a 1.8 km return walk along Yalgay Ginja Bulumi — this road from our forefathers. A journey along this track is guided by the Girramay through the clever use of signage. At the entrance a warning is […]

The Sirromet experience

  Two thousand visitors a week either dine at Sirromet’s restaurant, visit the cellar door or tour the vineyard. Tourism is a successful way to add brand value as Susan Kirk discovers. Located in the spectacular Mount Cotton region, Sirromet Winery is spread out over a massive 255 hectares which includes a 12-hectare vineyard, a fully […]

Margaret River food and wine

  A booming tourist industry and a reputation for being one of the great wine-producing regions in the world create the robust Margaret River brand. Susan Kirk reports. The Margaret River region is in the South West of Western Australia, approximately three hours south of Perth and includes the Shires of Augusta, Margaret River and […]

Inland aquaculture a first in the Wheatbelt

  A research team from two WA TAFE’s and two industry partners have produced a technology called the SIFTS (Semi-intensive floating tank system) for seasonal production of trout and barramundi in the WA Wheatbelt.  Susan Kirk reports Open pond aquaculture in the State has not been viable due to low yields associated with harvesting issues […]

Billabong Brewing gluten free beer

Billabong Brewing is taking out gold, silver and bronze awards for its handcrafted beers Susan Kirk reports Established in 1993, Billabong was the first brew on premise brewery in Australia.  As the name suggests the public come and make their own beer using the recipes and equipment provided at the brewery. The business progressed to […]

Great Southern region WA

The Great Southern Region Marketing Association (GSRMA) was formed to promote the synergy of food, wine, agriculture and tourism responding to a consumer trend of buying products out of a particular region. Susan Kirk reports. The Great Southern is an area located 400 kilometres south of Perth and, as the name suggests, is the most […]

Moore river region West Australia

A Mediterranean climate with summers warm enough to grow sub-tropical fruits and plenty of coastal waters to produce an array of seafood including lobster, Susan Kirk explores the Moore River region This region located directly north of Perth includes the shires of Chittering, Dalwallinu, Dandaragan, Gingin, Moora, Victoria Plains, Wongan-Ballidu and the City of Wanneroo. […]

A teaspoon of honey a day may be the new mantra

The discovery of the compound in Manuka Honey that gives it anti-bacterial properties has placed it into the category of a medical food.  Susan Kirk reports. Kerry Paul sold his first pot of honey on July 2006 after 14 years as a senior executive in the dairy industry and six years in biotechnology; commercialising science. […]