Rural news briefs

Recovery win

QUEENSLAND Murray-Darling Committee's Dirty Gloves Flood Recovery program has won the Peabody Environment and Landcare Award at this year's Queensland Regional Achievement and Community Awards. The program was launched in January this year, in the wake of flood events generated by Cyclone Oswald and in the next six months, 115 volunteers were recruited to work on 123 properties. It helped with the recovery of hundreds of hectares of sensitive riparian zones in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin.

Fifty years

NEXT year, the Missionary Sisters of Service will celebrate 50 years since they arrived in the Toowoomba Catholic Diocese. In May 1964, five sisters came to serve the rural parishes through home visits and providing faith education for adults and children. Their travels took them to distant places like Thargomindah, Birdsville and Windorah, as well as many districts on the Darling Downs. If you have photos or stories to tell, phone Sr Mary Cleary on 07 4634 9786 or email

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