The stories that shocked Dalby residents in 2019
2019 HAS been a year of many highs and many lows for Dalby. From devastating fatalities on the road to jobs lost and businesses suffering, the Dalby community have had to rally around their friends and families.
Here are nine of Dalby’s biggest crises in 2019.
ROAD HORROR: Seven dead in three days
SOUTH-WEST Queensland is reeling in shock after the loss of seven lives including four children under 10, who have died in three separate crashes within a 140 kilometre radius of each other this week.
Western Downs police are urging local drivers to consider these tragedies when getting behind the wheel ahead of this week’s Fatality Free Friday, a national event to promote safer driving on Australian roads.
‘Numb and lost’: Workers hit rock bottom after redundancies
IN SINGLE file, Tommy Law and 18 of his crew members walked into the office at the New Acland Mine last week and were given the news they were being made redundant, 98 days before Christmas.
“Everyone’s heart sort of dropped,” Mr Law told the Dalby Herald of his final moments at the mine.
Jobs slashed as power prices rise
BUSINESS owners in Dalby are preparing to be rocked by a 40 per cent spike in electricity prices, striking out hundreds of future employment prospects across the Western Downs.
Employment opportunities have slumped across the Western Downs, with new local government figures revealing unemployment has hit a dismal 10-year high.
Unemployment rate at a ten year high
BRUCE Harms, 52, is a model employee, but he is one of hundreds of people suffering under a 6.9 per cent increase in unemployment rates across the Western Downs.
Federal MP David Littleproud has passed the buck onto local government, telling the Dalby Herald the responsibility to create job opportunities lies with local government.
Ratepayers ignore restrictions, council to patrol towns
CALLS for Dalby residents to abide by new water restrictions have been blatantly ignored, with the town’s water usage spiking by 20 per cent since the new rules were introduced.
The Western Downs Regional Council has been forced to send patrols out through Dalby and Tara to catch ratepayers in the act of ignoring the new water restrictions.
Mum fears for baby’s life as maternity crisis worsens
THE lead-up to the arrival of Tessa Ferguson’s second child should be one of the most exciting times in her life.
Instead, all the expectant Wandoan mum can do is worry about whether she’ll be giving birth on the side of the road.
Maternity crisis: State Govt admits to near-closure of ward
FEARS that a maternity crisis could rock Dalby Hospital are rife as it was revealed in a Parliamentary Estimates Hearing that Dalby’s maternity services were “close” to going on bypass.
LNP shadow health minister Ros Bates announced at the hearing that at the weekend of June 8 and 9, Dalby Hospital’s maternity services were inches away from being placed on bypass.
Farmers’ battle with weather showing no signs of easing
ANDREW Johnston and other farmers in the Dalby area have lived through the driest start to a year in 139 years.
The sorghum and cotton farm owner said his industry is desperate for rain after a dismal start to 2019 – just 0.2mm fell.