March 2020

Published a story 28th Mar 2020 10:55 AM

Just weeks ago it seemed inconceivable that the lead up to the council election would take a backseat to one of the biggest health emergencies in history.

CRISIS VOTE: Choosing leaders has never been more important

Just weeks ago it seemed inconceivable that the lead up to the council election would take a backseat to one of the biggest health emergencies in history.

Published a story 25th Mar 2020 9:22 AM

Three of the Fraser Coast's top restaurants are closed and have made the tough decision not to try and battle through with takeaway

Jobs lost, hearts broken as fine dining fare-welled for now

Three of the Fraser Coast's top restaurants are closed and have made the tough decision not to try and battle through with takeaway

Published a story 24th Mar 2020 10:52 AM

Her pubs are empty by force, close to 100 workers have been told they have no job, but Janet Persal isn't about to give up

'We will get through this': Pub boss reveals survival plan

Her pubs are empty by force, close to 100 workers have been told they have no job, but Janet Persal isn't about to give up

Published a story 20th Mar 2020 12:19 PM

The first case of coronavirus has been confirmed on the Fraser Coast

First coronavirus case confirmed on Fraser Coast

The first case of coronavirus has been confirmed on the Fraser Coast

Published a story 15th Mar 2020 4:52 PM

Mourners gathered to remember Shae Francis, who disappeared in late 2018

‘Beautiful soul’: Touching tribute to slain Bay woman

Mourners gathered to remember Shae Francis, who disappeared in late 2018

February 2020

Published a story 13th Feb 2020 11:49 AM

Four years after he exited Local Government, former Fraser Coast mayor Gerard O'Connell is back on the council election trail

BREAKING: Former Fraser Coast mayor to run in March election

Four years after he exited Local Government, former Fraser Coast mayor Gerard O'Connell is back on the council election trail

Published a story 11th Feb 2020 10:01 AM

The fallout from one of the most tumultuous weeks in the Coalition’s recent history, if managed well, can be extremely beneficial for our region.

Why Coalition's Canberra mess might just be best for Coast

The fallout from one of the most tumultuous weeks in the Coalition’s recent history, if managed well, can be extremely beneficial for our region.

Published a story 11th Feb 2020 8:18 AM

Heavy rainfall and big tides is causing rivers to rise.

Flood watch for river, water over roads as more rain looms

Heavy rainfall and big tides is causing rivers to rise.

Published a story 10th Feb 2020 11:56 AM

Dams are filled, parched paddocks have turned green are some might be tempted to think "well that's that, the farmers are happy again".

OPINION: If it's flooded... don't forget the drought

Dams are filled, parched paddocks have turned green are some might be tempted to think "well that's that, the farmers are happy again".

Published a story 10th Feb 2020 8:57 AM

Wide Bay MP Llew O'Brien is this morning meeting with Prime Minister Scott Morrison about his future in Federal Government.

EXCLUSIVE: O'Brien speaks out after splitting from Nats

Wide Bay MP Llew O'Brien is this morning meeting with Prime Minister Scott Morrison about his future in Federal Government.

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Working from Sydney, Jessica specialises in crime/court reporting, filing for APN’s regional mastheads in Northern NSW as well as providing national content for the group. She was previously Chief Reporter at the Fraser Coast Chronicle in Hervey Bay, Queensland where she grew up and trained. Early in her career, she was named Queensland Young Journalist of the Year at the Clarion Awards. More recently, she was finalist at the 2013 Kennedy Awards for Excellence in NSW Journalism in both the Young Journalist and Court Reporter of the Year categories.