The good, the sad and the bad in Moree: January, 2017

Moree lads prepare to launch for madcap boat race in South Australia

TAKE one 10-foot tinnie with plenty of grunt thanks to a 30-horsepower outboard motor replacing the normal 10hp job, 100 kilometres of one of Australia’s most famous waterways and a couple of thrill-seeking lads from Moree and you have the ingredients of one heck of a good time.


Sam Tapscott (left) and Jock Gartshore competed in theRed Bull Riverland Dinghy Derby in South Australia in January (Image: Copyright Bill Poulos).

Father Paul McCabe named Moree’s Citizen of the Year

AROUND 100 people gathered at Jellicoe Park on Australia Day to welcome seven new citizens and listen to inspiring words from humble Paralympian Prue Watt.

The Australia Day ceremony was emceed by popular 2VM breakfast announcer Michael Andersen, who jokingly encouraged Moree’s newest citizens to “be a real Aussie and take Friday off to enjoy a four-day long weekend”, before a select group of residents and organisations were bestowed Moree’s highest honours, with Father Paul McCabe named Citizen of the Year.

Moree off-road enduro riders prepare for Finke – and they want Moree to come along for the ride

A GROUP of Moree off-road enduro riders is this year set to embark on the ultimate challenge – competing in some of the largest and most gruelling off-road events across Australia, including the Tatts Finke Desert Race over the three days of the June long weekend.

“Look out for each other” says Moree assault victim Zara Lowien

A MOREE woman who was dragged from her vehicle by an unknown assailant and threatened with a claw-hammer at a local service station says she is just thankful that she wasn’t seriously injured during the ordeal – and warns others to always be alert when travelling alone late at night.

Sydney Swans’ “mystery tour” in Moree in early February

TWO Sydney Swans’ stars – their names still under double wraps – will fly into Moree early next month as part of the Australia Post AFL Community Camps program.

The players, hosted locally by emerging AFL club the Moree Suns, will be in town on Monday, February 6 and will attend a community gathering to meet and greet members of the public as well as public figures between 2pm and 3pm, with a venue to be announced soon.

Stolen car used in Moree liquor store armed robbery

A 33-year-old woman was threatened with a claw hammer and forcibly removed from her vehicle at a Moree service station on Monday night.

The vehicle, a Ford Ranger, was then used in an armed robbery at a Moree drive-through liquor store just a few minutes later.

Thomas Williams to farewell Moree with two big concerts this weekend

WELL-travelled Moree pianist Thomas Williams will perform at Moree Plains Gallery for two nights only this week – his farewell performance before returning to Melbourne to pursue a master of teaching degree as he endeavours to become a qualified music teacher.

From work-for-the-dole to full-time employment – and loving it

ABOUT 18 months ago John Singleton was struggling to make ends meet.

He was on the work-for-the-dole scheme while actively looking for employment but it seemed at the time that there just wasn’t any light at the end of the long, dark tunnel.

On the other side of town, butcher Rob Moore needed staff – and he needed staff badly – but just finding the time to go through the process was difficult.

Vale Bernie Briggs: Moree’s living treasure now the legend

It was sometime in August, 1973.

Probably under that big old fig tree just near the dressing sheds at Taylor Oval.

Training had finished for Moree High School’s open-weight rugby league team and the boys were chilling out.

Fi and Merri-May’s bold new project launches this month

POPULAR Moree singer-songwriters Merri-May Gill and Fi Claus will take the next step in their already extraordinary careers – a quantum leap, in fact – when they produce and record a new album alongside some of Australia’s best-loved musicians in Melbourne.

Vandals ruin New Year for popular Moree art school and retreat

IT’S a special place in Moree that has done so much good for the community in recent years, run by a passionate woman that just wants to bring people together through art and their untapped potential.

Have you got sushi on the menu for Christmas Day lunch?

Deluxe Café Moree can deliver your sushi platter mid-morning on Christmas Day! Platters start from $70 and can be specially prepared to your requirements. Please call Cindy on 0418 487 868 to discuss your needs. Orders must be in by midday, Saturday, December 23.ChrissySushi2017003