June 2021

Published a story 15th Jun 2021 8:50 AM

The woman told police she knew it was wrong to take the bags but said she didn’t have the money to pay for them.

Unemployed mum-of-six steals donations from Gatton charity

The woman told police she knew it was wrong to take the bags but said she didn’t have the money to pay for them.

Published a story 9th Jun 2021 4:23 PM

Don’t let the cold weather deter you – this ice cream parlour is aiming to open to the public this week.

Major ice cream franchise to open Somerset store this week

Don’t let the cold weather deter you – this ice cream parlour is aiming to open to the public this week.

Published a story 9th Jun 2021 4:21 PM

Somerset councillors have handed down a rise in levies for ratepayers across the region. Here’s what you need to know:

Somerset rates to rise as council hands down budget

Somerset councillors have handed down a rise in levies for ratepayers across the region. Here’s what you need to know:

Published a story 8th Jun 2021 12:53 PM

A motorbike rider has learned the hard way that pulling wheelies in front of police doesn’t go down too well.

Crime Wrap: Motorbike rider makes wheelie bad decision

A motorbike rider has learned the hard way that pulling wheelies in front of police doesn’t go down too well.

Published a story 1st Jun 2021 6:38 PM

Less than 45 minutes from one of Queensland‘s unemployment hot spots and an hour from Brisbane, Lockyer Valley farmers are desperate to fill more than 1000 jobs

‘They quit after two hours’: Urgent need for 1000-plus workers

Less than 45 minutes from one of Queensland‘s unemployment hot spots and an hour from Brisbane, Lockyer Valley farmers are desperate to fill more than 1000 jobs

May 2021

Published a story 31st May 2021 2:53 PM

With the new store expected to open this week, here’s is what you will find at the new Plainland warehouse. SEE THE PHOTOS

Opening: All the photos inside Bunnings Plainland store

With the new store expected to open this week, here’s is what you will find at the new Plainland warehouse. SEE THE PHOTOS

Published a story 27th May 2021 12:28 PM

More international workers will fly into Brisbane and be driven to the Lockyer Valley to quarantine before working in the region. Here’s when and where they will arrive.

Date set for hundreds of new overseas workers to arrive in Lockyer

More international workers will fly into Brisbane and be driven to the Lockyer Valley to quarantine before working in the region. Here’s when and where they will arrive.

Published a story 26th May 2021 12:47 PM

The initial 160 overseas workers who quarantined at Grantham are the core group to help a severe shortage of labour in the Lockyer Valley, but there are plans to bring more workers here.

Revealed: Hundreds more overseas workers expected to quarantine at Grantham

The initial 160 overseas workers who quarantined at Grantham are the core group to help a severe shortage of labour in the Lockyer Valley, but there are plans to bring more workers here.

Published a story 25th May 2021 12:28 PM

Family and community members have remembered a beloved postman after he was killed in a tragic tractor rollover west of Brisbane.

Tributes pour in for beloved postman after tractor tragedy

Family and community members have remembered a beloved postman after he was killed in a tragic tractor rollover west of Brisbane.

Published a story 24th May 2021 4:06 PM

A Lockyer woman said she stole three charity donation tins from a supermarket because she had no money to pay for a taxi, despite just buying cigarettes.

Woman buys cigarettes, steals charity cash tins to pay taxi

A Lockyer woman said she stole three charity donation tins from a supermarket because she had no money to pay for a taxi, despite just buying cigarettes.

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Ali Kuchel is the editor at the Gatton Star, having worked through the ranks as a journalist. Ali’s career has taken her from South Australia to Charleville’s Western Times in outback Queensland, to Gatton, back to South Australia for the Stock Journal and finally returning to Gatton. Her interests include agricultural, rural and equine journalism along with photography.