Sexy Jess wins the FNQOTY gong

By Kimberley Schloss In a lavish ceremony at the Reef Casino in Cairns, international pop sensation and assistant coach at the Mackay Cutters, Jessica Mauboy, has been named as Far North Queenslander of the Year. The former Young Diva has been a perennial finalist in the competition, and is the first non-Cowboy recipient since SharynContinue reading “Sexy Jess wins the FNQOTY gong”

A conversation with Bluey PupPup

Part of the Conversations Series, with Shirley Higgins-Croft Sir Bluey PupPup (above left) is a dog that wears many collars. He is best known as the North Queensland Cowboys mascot, but his responsibilities extend far beyond faffing around the sideline. He is a critical part of the finely-tuned machine that has dominated the Queensland RugbyContinue reading “A conversation with Bluey PupPup”

Boomtime for North Queensland

The North Queensland government is croc-a-hoop with new figures that show economic growth is faster than Australia and all of the G7 nations. The annualised and seasonally adjusted GDP growth figures to January 2018 for North Queensland are 3.99%, well above Australia (2.3%) and the US (1.9%). “Sales of crocodile skins have been brisk andContinue reading “Boomtime for North Queensland”

HipMoi Peace Prize awarded to Coen Hess

By Shirley Higgins-Croft The glitterati and twitterati were dressed up to the nines last night for the presentation of the Lions Club HipMoi Peace Prize to lumbering workaday prop-forward Coen Hess (above). The lavish evening has heralded the start of the Far North Queensland awards season, which will culminate with the FNQ Academy Awards in┬áthreeContinue reading “HipMoi Peace Prize awarded to Coen Hess”