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Best of regional journalism in the spotlight

12 September 2018

The economic and social toll of Queensland’s ongoing drought, the battle for fairer airfares for people in the state’s regions and concern over the welfare of Pacific Islander workers are among the issues tackled by the finalists in the running for one of Australia’s richest journalism prizes.

Each year the Local Government Association of Queensland commemorates the work of John Bean, Paul Lockyer and Gary Ticehurst, a deeply respected media crew who died in tragic circumstances in 2011.Sally Cripps with LGAQ President Mark Jamiesohn

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:

  • Derek Barry, from the North West Star at Mount Isa, for a series of reports highlighting the high cost of regional airfares in Queensland,
  • Nicole Bond, from the ABC, for a body of work on the plight of landowners trying to cope with the state’s ongoing drought,  
  • And Vanessa Marsh, from The Courier-Mail, and Emma Field, from the Weekly Times, for their work bringing public attention to the high number of deaths of Pacific Islanders working in Australia under the Seasonal Worker Program.

The winner will be announced at the LGAQ’s annual conference in Brisbane on 29 October.

For further information please contact:

Craig Johnstone
Media Executive
0487 007 870
Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006

Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006