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21st November 2019

The Rural Press Club of Queensland closed out the year with its special National Ag Day Lunch and annual Christmas Party at ABC Studios.

Celebrity chef, farmer, TV presenter and author Matthew Evans joined the Rural Press Club on 21st November to celebrate National Agriculture Day at the Tattersalls Club in Brisbane. Matthew discussed connecting farming with food, and his life on his property in Tasmania, Fat Pig Farm.

“Farmers are miracle workers. They create food out of thin air,” Matthew Evans told the attentive crowd.

Missed out on this special lunch? Listen to the podcast here.

RPC Matthew Evans

Last night the Rural Press Club ended 2019 by celebrating the Club’s success over the preceding 12 months at its 2019 Christmas Party at ABC Southbank Studios. Winners of the Queensland Rural Media Awards were also presented at this year’s Christmas Party, a first for the Club. These awards recognise the State’s best across written, broadcast, online and photo journalism, and social media.

Queensland Rural Media Awards Winners:

Social Media award

Winner: Megan Woodward for her story LAURIE’S LOVE published via the Rural Room

Photography award

Winner of Production category: Fiona Lake for her story of Phil Thomson & his bullock team & young apprentice, at Surat’s Cobb & Co Festival

 Winner of People category: Jacqueline Curley for The Aftermath, a pair of photos from Grazier Online magazine.

Journalism award

Winner of Online/Multimedia and Radio category: Melanie Groves – Land clearing laws

Winner of Television category: Pip Courtney – Red tip

Winner of Print category: Sally Cripps – Series of print stories

Excellence in Rural Journalism award

Overall Winner: Melanie Groves ABC

The Rural Press Club has now taken a much deserved break but will return in February 2020 with its first function. If you’re interested in attending this Lunch, please book your tickets at website before they sell out!

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