Abalone aplenty

Aquaculture. Within a collection of purpose built tanks on the western side of the Green Hills at Stanley shines a kaleidoscope of colours, a throng of steadily growing abalone. Just metres from the shore lie hundreds of thousands of the vibrant shellfish and beyond that, a hive of activity. Established by Rod Crowther in 2002, …

2 years ago

Cambodia calling

Column. Jamie and Deb Quilliam left Circular Head in May to embark on a year-long volunteering journey through Cambodia. The couple writes to the Chronicle from the Southeast Asian country, sharing their travels so far, most recently from Preah Vihear where they were involved in a search for new villages to conduct a pilot program. …

2 years ago

Good-hearted Mr Gale

Community. David Gale is an altruistic man with a generous heart. The 72-year-old selflessly dedicates his time to volunteering each week and attributes this passion to wanting to give back to the giving community he grew up in. Born to William Lonnie Gale and Lennice Louisa (nee Emmerton) on January 27, 1944, Mr Gale has …

2 years ago
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Jack’s first Christmas

Journey. A newborn is a true blessing, but for Kimberly and Mitchell Stokes theirs was a miracle. The Upper Scotchtown couple experienced that joy when after their first round of IVF in February, they found out that they were going to be parents. After hearing the words that were like “a dream come true” Kimberly …

2 years ago

North Pole visit

Experience. Smithton’s Sue Popowski has pulled Santa’s beard and guess what – it’s real! Together with husband Ashley, Sue was at the North Pole in Alaska in July, stopping in at the ‘Santa Claus House’ to say g’day to the big man in red. The small city, with its population of just over 2000, has …

2 years ago

The meaning of Christmas

The Christmas season prompts questions. What’s the big deal about the baby in the manger? Who was he? What does his birth have to do with me? Jesus was born in a manger in Bethlehem and the Bible tells us he came to bring love, joy, peace, hope and forgiveness for our sins. God showed …

2 years ago

Floats, Christmas lights

Winners. Creativity and festive spirit was abundant at this year’s Smithton Christmas Parade with floats of all shapes and sizes. The annual event is run by Rotary Club of Smithton, with cash prizes awarded to the judges’ favourites. This year’s winners were: • Best Christmas Theme: Smithton Scouts – Polar Express • Runner-up Christmas Theme: Smithton …

2 years ago
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Thankful this Christmas

Gratitude. Through the generosity of our community, one local family is this Christmas rebuilding their lives after devastation. The Kositsins’ family home at Mengha was destroyed by fire in September, taking with it all of their belongings. “Life, it’s changed,” mum Sonya reflects. “I think it has taken a little time to adjust otherwise we’ve …

2 years ago

History of the chapel

Faith. Marrawah Gospel Chapel welcomed worshippers to its final service on Sunday December 4 in what was a touching tribute marking lifelong tradition. The very beginnings of the Brethren Church in Marrawah are woven into the early settlement of this district. Early letters from Marrawah pioneer, Jack Lawson, made mention that when he was first …

2 years ago

Perry bows out

Fulfilment. Craig “Fred” Perry is a strong advocate of supporting sportspeople from a young age and knows full well this helps create well-rounded citizens. The 63-year-old has devoted himself for more than a decade to the Smithton Auskick program and to encouraging juniors to reach their full potential. Now, the football stalwart plans to retire …

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