Acting Superintendent Garrath Channells and Sergeant Greg Caletti.
Acting Superintendent Garrath Channells and Sergeant Greg Caletti.

CATCH UP: 11 stories you might have missed

WE HEAR a lot about COVID-19, international politics and the crime affecting our communities.

While we will continue to provide you all the latest and up-to-date stories on the hot button issues, we are also bringing you great news from the southwest.

Here are 11 stories from The Western Star you might have missed this week:

1. REVEALED: Katter party candidate for Warrego shares plans for seat

CATTLE farmer Rick Gurnett believes he is the “antidote to turn things around” in the southwest, and has announced his intentions to run for the seat of Warrego on behalf of the Katter Party in the upcoming October election.

2. Brand new Telstra store opens its doors

THE Roma Telstra Store has found a brand new home with a new shopfront opening up across the aisle at Westlands Plaza.

A manager told The Western Star that Telstra has interest from customers all across the southwest, with some customers making orders three weeks in advance for when they make it into town.

3. The southwest cop with an eye for amazing photography

WHEN Mitchell police officer constable Kevin Yang clocks off from days of capturing criminals and aiming his speed gun, he spends his time capturing the beauty of the southwest wherever he aims his camera lens.

Since moving from Brisbane to Mitchell last year for his first posting as a police office, const Yang has drawn attention to his artistic side with his stunning landscape and night sky photography.

His photographs have been picked up by the Queensland Police Service and have been shared far and wide on social media.

4. CHANGES: Speed limit change for Roma bridge

TRUCKS and motorists will have quicker access across the WM Ewan Bridge in town with the temporary speed reduction to be lifted to 60km per hour.

5. What your Maranoa Regional Councillors declared

MARANOA residents headed to the polls on March 28 to vote for eight councillors and a mayor to represent them at a local level.

All councillors have submitted their Registers of Interest, declaring memberships, organisations and financial assets that the community needs to be aware of.

6. REPORT: Travellers keeping Maranoa tourism businesses thriving

EVERY year during the winter months the Mitchell Spa relies on travellers from southern states to make a splash and inject cash into their business and local economy.

This year is a bit different with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announcing a second border closure, preventing Victorians and those from greater Sydney into the state.

7. Plans for new flight school in the southwest

THE Roma Aero Club has been soaring through local skies for years, now one of the members has a plan to start up a new flight school.

Club secretary Col Vaughan said his flying school has been certified and is almost all set up.

8. Liquid gold hits Roma, raises hopes

RESIDENTS in the Maranoa have been welcomed by a sudden downpour of “liquid gold” as storm clouds head toward the eastern seaboard.

9. Farewell to Sergeant Greg Caletti after 40 years in blue

AFTER spending more time of his life in the police force than out of it, Sergeant Greg Caletti is preparing to hang up his hat and enjoy pre-retirement bliss.

The community celebrated and thanked Sgt Caletti for his 40-years of service and management of the PCYC Maranoa on Friday, July 31.

10. One year on since iconic pub lost to tragic blaze

IT HAS been one year since the tiny town of Muckadilla lost its historic watering hole to a devastating inferno.

It only took two days for long time patrons Christy and Marty Coomber to decide to buy the ruins and commit to rebuilding the iconic southwest pub.

The pair live on a property 20km away and vividly remember August 8 like it was just yesterday.

11. New Roma hospital construction complete

ROMA is now home to a state of the art medical facility with the $112.6 million new Roma Hospital now been completed.

With the main build finished, the focus will turn to the completion of car parks and formal commissioning of the new hospital and associated staff familiarisation with the new facilities over the next three months.