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Bean Lockyer Ticehurst Journalism Award Finalists 2017

Each year the LGAQ commemorates the work of John Bean, Paul Lockyer and Gary Ticehurst, a deeply respected media crew who died in tragic circumstances in 2011.

Regional leaders especially felt their loss because of the huge contribution their work made to ensuring rural and regional Queenslanders were given a voice and recognised for their contribution to public life.

The LGAQ issues an award for excellence in regional journalism and to encourage other journalists to adopt the doggedness and professionalism that Bean, Lockyer and Ticehurst showed in pursuing their craft.

The finalists for this year’s $15,000 Bean Lockyer Ticehurst Award for Excellence in Regional Journalism are:

  • John Anderson, The Townsville Bulletin: for a series of reports focussing on the devastation left by Cyclone Debbie and the ongoing drought in regional Queensland,
  • Sally Cripps, Queensland Country Life: for her work chronicling the fight by land owners in central and north Queensland graziers to stop the Defence Department forcibly acquiring their properties,
  • Daniel Bateman, the Cairns Post: for his coverage on the impact that a lack of qualified surgeons in the far north was having on women battling to deal with the aftermath of breast cancer.

The winner will be announced at the LGAQ’s annual conference in October.