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Beef research

Posted on Friday, 12 February 2016 05:05 by .

Doing some research today for a story I'm writing about the Aussie beef industry.

Robbins Island wagyu steak at the Railway Club Hotel, Port Melbourne.

Oakey Beef Exports

Posted on Friday, 29 January 2016 05:12 by .

Spent the afternoon at Oakey Beef Exports in Oakey on the Darling Downs.

General manager Pat Gleeson runs an impressive operation at one of the Australia's largest abattoirs.

Up in Queensland shooting and interviewing for a story I'm writing about the Aussie beef industry for R.M. Williams OUTBACK magazine.

Eats shoots and leaves

Posted on Wednesday, 16 September 2015 11:23 by .

Spent the day at Healesville Sanctuary today shooting images of their spring babies.

Came across this little fella, 18-month-old koala Arthur on the road to recovery from a fractured leg after being hit by a car two months ago. Picture: Nathan Dyer / Herald Sun.

Fire(men) in the stairwell

Posted on Thursday, 03 September 2015 11:16 by .

Back in Victoria after a week in outback South Australia and first job for the Herald Sun were these Melbourne fire fighters.

Picture: South Melbourne MFB fireys Dean Geri, Peter Chen and Sam Wright will climb 25 flights of stairs at Crown Metropol on Saturday to raise money for Peter Mac cancer research.

Missed it by that much!

Posted on Saturday, 29 August 2015 11:06 by .

We came, we raced and we...came second by half-a-nose in a photo finish at the Innamincka Cup.

That's our jockey Timmy Norton in the green silks riding Gramps on the outside, pipped at the post by He's Archie ridden by veteran Port Augusta jockey Tereasa Hawkins.

Great ride Timmy.

A horse called Gramps

Posted on Monday, 24 August 2015 10:51 by .

Twenty-two mates, a horse called Gramps, a 1,200 kilometre journey and a dream.

That's pretty much the backstory to a campaign by me and 21 of my mates to win this weekend's Innamincka Cup.

We've bought a horse for $1,000, borrowed a horse float, and are now towing it 1,200kms from Adelaide to Innamincka for one of outback South Australia's great picnic race meetings.

It'll take us three days to get there and when we do our mate Timmy Norton (pictured above with Gramps), a former jockey, will don the silks for the first time in eight years and try to ride home a winner.

Read The Weekend Australian's story here

Dancing with the stars

Posted on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 10:35 by .

Had the pleasure of meeting Australian Paralympian and World Champion Kelly Cartwright today.

Photographed Kelly and her fire figther partner Ryan Miller for a Herald Sun story about her selection on Dancing with the Stars.


Sweet tooth

Posted on Sunday, 09 August 2015 10:30 by .

Consumer group Choice has revealed 43 different names food producers use to label sugar in their products.

Read the Herald Sun's story here.

Picture: Melbourne's Bianca Markovic gets her sugar fix.

Bush footy

Posted on Saturday, 25 July 2015 10:16 by .

At the end of the 2015 Northern Mallee Football League season two arch rivals will merge.

When Ouyen United and Walpeup Underbool come together to form one club it will be the end of more than 100 years of football in Victoria's northern Mallee.

With both teams already the result of many prior mergers, the new club formed will be the culmination of 43 historic teams.

Read Tom Minear's story in the Herald Sun here.

Doing what they loved

Posted on Friday, 24 July 2015 10:24 by .

Standing beside his helicopter on the grassy plains east of Fitzroy Crossing, mustering pilot Rick Ford knows only too well the hazards of his vocation.

“You spend a lot of time flying in the “Dead Man’s Curve” when you’re mustering, which is below 300 feet and zero to 30 knots worth of air speed,” Mr Ford said.

Pastoralists, stock workers and pilots from across the Kimberley yesterday gathered at Halls Creek to commemorate mustering pilots killed doing what they loved.

About 150 people attended the unveiling of a new memorial, funded by donations from pastoralists, pilots’ families and local businesses, at the entrance of the Halls Creek rodeo grounds.

Read the West Australian's story here.