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Drought reports take out prestigious regional journalism prize

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Monday, 19 October 2015

Drought reports take out prestigious regional journalism prize

A series of reports by ABC journalist Chrissy Arthur covering the impact of Queensland’s devastating drought has won the 2015 LGAQ Bean Lockyer Ticehurst award for excellence in regional journalism.

LGAQ President Margaret de Wit said Ms Arthur’s work was important in ensuring all of Queensland was aware of the plight and courage of communities dealing with the ongoing drought.

'Chrissy is a well-known and enormously respected journalist in regional Queensland so it is fitting that her work has been recognised with this award,’ Cr de Wit said.

'Her stories on the impact of the drought are insightful and informative but also highly compassionate.'

'They show that while the effects of the drought go well beyond the farm gate, communities are confronting these economic and social challenges with hope and resilience.'

Cr de Wit said the quality and variety of the entries for this year’s Bean Lockyer Ticehurst Award were a credit to the rigour and professionalism of regional journalists throughout the state. Other finalists were:

  • Andrew Potts, Paul Weston and Nicholas McElroy, from the Gold Coast Bulletin, for a series of reports examining the protests over a proposal to locate a mosque at a Currumbin warehouse and the impact on the local council and community, and
  • Christine McKee, from the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin, for her coverage of local efforts to revitalise Great Keppel Island with a proposed tourism resort

Cr de Wit presented Ms Arthur with the award at the opening of the LGAQ’s 119th annual conference in Toowoomba tonight.

The award, which comes with a $15,000 cash prize, is one of the richest on offer to Australian journalists.

It is named in honour of Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalists John Bean, Paul Lockyer and Gary Ticehurst, who lost their lives in a helicopter crash while on assignment at Lake Eyre in 2012.

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