News

Mango farmer still smiling despite tough few years

Dave Dingle is a mango farmer with a property west of Calliope.
Dave Dingle is a mango farmer with a property west of Calliope. Brenda Strong

IT'S been a tough few years for local farmer Dave Dingle, but the sight of a big ripe mango brings an instant smile to his face.

Dave grows mangoes on his farm west of Calliope, and for the past 10 years he's been bringing them to market - off the back of his truck by the side of the Dawson Hwy.

Demand over the Christmas and holiday season - and the sight of a lush tray of mangoes - keeps the business ticking over.

You wouldn't know from the sight of the healthy fruit that earlier this year that Dave's produce was nearly wiped out.

"We had some dry wind early this year which dried the flowers on the trees and we lost half the crop, but we still have produced some great quality mangoes," he said.

"It's a phenomenal lot of work, but pays off."

The latest damage follows the heartbreaking decision a few years back to dig out half of the trees because of market price fluctuations and flooding around the region.

The decision made the business more manageable, and Dave runs it with plenty of help from his sons, Cameron, 7, Blake, 4, and partner Angela Austin.

They love giving a hand this time of year, picking, cleaning and packing the fruit.

"I love the sweet taste," said Cameron, while Blake, 4, is a self-professed fruit bat, climbing the trees to pick.

Dave suggests his customers give a couple days for ripening when they buy his mangoes, and also recommends peeling them with a vegetable peeler.

Dave used to be a butcher and has looked into other primary production, but reckons his love of mangoes will keep him in the growing business for a long time to come.

Angela loves making mango sweets for her children.

Mango Weis:

Make this delicious dessert with your fresh mangoes - courtesy of Dave's mum!

Ingredients: Tin condensed milk, 600ml cream, 3-4 mangoes

Method: Beat the cream to just before it peaks, add condensed milk and beat until combined. Puree mangoes.

Line a tin with baking paper, spread mango puree on the bottom and cream mixture on the top.

Freeze for several hours, then cut up and enjoy.

Topics:  calliope farming mango rural



Science Festival seriously awesome

CALLING everyone who wants to see, hear and be a part of something totally cool: this is where you need to be this March.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Is Brisbane the new arts and culture capital?

Check out GOMA's latest exhibition - it's all about hair! GOMA 10 Ambassador Patience Hodgson visits Nervescape V 2016 by Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoplifter), commissioned for ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. 
Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA

THE rest of the world should be envious of this line-up!

War of words as Bundy leader calls Gladstone a 'one trick town'

WHO WINS: Which harbour would you rather have your boat in? (Left, Gladstone, right Bundaberg).

STOUSH erupts as Gladstone's mayor jumps to city's defense.

Jobless, he moved to Gladstone after a life-changing accident

THINKING DIFFERENTLY: Golden Casket Gladstone Newsagency's new owners Andrew and Sonya Sims with their son Jakob, 11. They have plans to put a cafe style area out the back of their store.

HORROR ACCIDENT left man out of work with debilitating injuries.

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Local Partners

MKR rocked by satay sauce cheating scandal

WE ALL know what satay sauce is, right? Alyse and Matt didn't when they served it up on their MKR restaurant. Slammed by everyone, their reaction was gold.

'Nasty' Married At First Sight groom ripped apart on TV

Anthony gets torn down during the Married At First Sight commitment ceremony.

MAFS groom Anthony faces the music after fiery dinner party.

MOVIE REVIEW: Matt Damon's The Great Wall gets lost

Matt Damon fails in a scene from the movie The Great Wall.

Did The Great Wall get lost in translation?

Paul Murray listens to regions

Paul Murray is taking his Sky News show on the road to shine a spotlight on regional Australia.

Radio broadcaster wants viewers to 'turn up and fire up'

Why Hollywood’s siding with Brad Pitt over Angelina Jolie

Jolie may have the kids, but Pitt has custody of Hollywood

'Unexpected': Young Gladstone dancer shocked by talent quest win

PROUD PERFORMER: Dancer Yasmine McGuiness couldn't wipe the smile off her face after winning the Fast Track Talent Quest.

DANCER Yasmine McGuiness stole the show in tonight's final

Tensions high at pointy end of MKR's round two

Things are really heating up on My Kitchen Rules.

Games are being played around the My Kitchen Rules table

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Massive seaside development of 3200 lots

DESIRABLE LIFESTYLE: The masterplan for the proposed Elliott Heads Estate.

"There's nothing else left along the coastline of Queensland now"

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

50 more high rise buildings planned for Brisbane CBD

Height limits have been scrapped for Brisbane CBD

800,000 more people expected to work in city over next 20 years

New suburb in the crosshairs of Coast vandals

UNDER WRAPS: Graffiti on art installations at the entrance to the newly opened Bells Creek Arterial Road has been covered up.

Vandal rechristens Stockland as something less than complimentary

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!