A 23-year-old woman found injured in a Mornington Island laneway yesterday afternoon was airlifted to Mount Isa Base Hospital for treatment to serious head and arm injuries.
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Police attended a laneway located between Mukakiya and Jimbarn streets around 5pm following reports of a disturbance involving a man and woman.

Police will allege the woman was assaulted with a stick and rock, causing several large lacerations to her head and face, as well as possible facial fractures and an arm fracture.

A 25-year-old man was arrested by police and charged with one count of grievous bodily harm.

He has been remanded in police custody and is due to appear in the Mount Isa Magistrates Court today

The man and woman, both from Mornington Island, were known to each other.

– Source: Queensland Police Media.

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BUILD-UP: The road to the Magic Millions has been paved with feature racedays, with the Brisbane Racing Club alone to host 12 Black Type Races before December 19.AUSTRALIA’S richest raceday, 17 Black Type races and 11 individual feature race meetings are the headline acts of a revamped 2015/16 Queensland Summer Racing Carnival which began last Saturday, November 14 at Doomben Racecourse with the Listed Keith Noud Handicap (1200m).
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The road to the Magic Millions has been paved with feature racedays, with the Brisbane Racing Club alone to host 12 Black Type Races between November 14 and December 19.

The Gold Coast Turf Club will host Magic Millions Preview Day on Boxing Day, headlined by three feature races and three ‘wildcard’ races for horses hoping to qualify for Australia’s richest raceday – the $10 Million Jeep Magic Millions Raceday on Saturday, January 9. Doomben will also host a ‘wildcard’ race on Saturday, December 19, with the winner of the Listed Bernborough Handicap (1600m) gaining automatic qualification for the Magic Millions Trophy/Stayers Cup (1800m).

Jeep Magic Millions Race Day provides $10 million in prize money over nine races, spearheaded by the $2 million 2YO Classic (1200m) and $2 Million 3YO Guineas (1400m) along with five other races worth $1 million each. The Sunshine Coast Turf Club will also host two feature meetings during the Queensland Summer Racing Carnival, with the 2YO Classic Plate on January 16 and the Sunshine Coast Cup on January 26.

Racing Queensland racing operations manager Ross Gove said the feature race days programmed for the coming months would provide the perfect lead-up ahead of the Jeep Magic Millions Raceday.“While the revamp of the Queensland Summer Racing Carnival has been reasonably subtle, there can be no question that the flow of Black Type races programmed will provide excellent pathways for horses to peak for rich ‘grand finals’ in late December and ultimately the Magic Millions Raceday. The carnival’s profile gains impetus at Doomben on December 12 with four Black Type races programmed that will undoubtedly unearth some serious Magic Millions contenders in the 2YO and 3YO ranks,” he said.

“The Boxing Day meeting at the Gold Coast provides a tremendous pipe-opener for the Magic Millions Raceday a fortnight later and also the ‘Wildcard’ races on the Boxing Day card add great intrigue to that race day. This season’s Magic Millions meeting is unprecedented in regards its prize money, but it is also certain to attract a massive amount of profile from within and outside of the Racing Industry.”

Plenty of zip in veteranVETERAN 8YO gelding Steel Zip added another feature win to his impressive record when he came from a near hopeless position to win the listed Keith Noud Handicap (1200m) at Doomben on Saturday, November 14.

The late driving win from Steel Zip denied 68-year-old veteran rider Tony Erhart from being the oldest jockey to win a metropolitan race in Brisbane when he and his mount Top Tone were nosed out on the post.

Winning trainer Pat Duff was delighted with the win of the stable stalwart – a horse who had a great connection with his wife Dinah who died from cancer three years ago. “There was some emotion as it was Dinah’s last horse and I also felt sad for Tony (Erhart). Tony rode Steel Zip work during the week and if I had any disappointment it was beating Tony – we’ve been friends for a lot of years,” Duff said.

Steel Zip was bred and sold by Daandine Stud for $13,000 at the 2009 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. The Duff stable has prepared the gelding to 11 wins and 17 placings from 67 starts and earnings of more than $780,000.

He is one of three winners produced by the Brisbane 2YO winning Cossack Warrior mare Zip. His sire Canadian Silver was a Group 2 winner in Canada who has produced four stakes winners – the others being Make Mine Magic, Top Marc and Canadian Time.

First winner by MeldROYAL Academy sire Meld was represented by his first winner at the Gold Coast on November 3.

Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association webpage reports that the Mel Eggleston trained gelding Mini Meld accelerated to a five length victory on debut in the Highgrove Bathrooms Plate (900m). Mel’s brother Andrew Eggleston stands Meld in the Gold Coast hinterland at Numinbah Valley. “I bought him off Lloyd Williams for $40,000 at a tried horse sale. I was originally going to export him to Thailand but there delays due to swine flu so I kept him here. There was another opportunity to send him to Thailand later on but I wasn’t going to let him go after seeing his first foals. He really stamps them,” he said.

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Thornton newsagent Wayne Hackett chased off armed thief.A masked man brandishing a knife has attempted to rob Thornton Newsagency in broad daylight.
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When the offender entered the newsagency on Tuesday November 17, owner Wayne Hackett went straight on the defence to protect his business and the customers milling around the shop.

“There were two customers and kids outside coming home from school,” Mr Hackett said.

“I saw him put the knife up, it was probably 200 millimetres long.

“I just picked up my baseball bat, put it in the trigger position and off he went.”

The offender fled the scene within seconds of entering the building about 4pm.

One of the customers gave chase, but the offender jumped inside a waiting getaway car, which took off in a cloud of dust.

This is the third time the newsagency has been targeted by armed intruders in just 12 months.

“We were held up almost 12 months ago so since that day I have had the bat here,” Mr Hackett said.

“We are not in a shopping centre and there are plenty of ways to get away, I think that’s why they go for us.

“I might get some additional cameras after this one.”

A witness to the incident told The Mercury that hewas on his way home from the train station when he sawthe attempted robbery.

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Fresh flavours: Clayton Donovan at work combining cheese, macadamia nuts and other ingredients for a dish at his Jaaning Tree restaurant.Australia’sonly “hatted” indigenous chef and the host of ABC TV’s Wild Kitchen program will be cooking up a storm at the Hastings Co-op Department Store on Saturday.
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The renowned chef and restaurateur will conduct a cooking demonstration from 11am to 1pm.

For five years Clayton operated The Jaaning Tree Restaurant in Nambucca Heads, but these days he creates his amazing food at “pop-up restaurants”, corporate functions and public and private events and passes on his skills and unique knowledge at cooking schools.

While operating his restaurant Clayton won a prestigious Australian Good Food Guide Chef hat four years in a row.

Clayton grew up on Gumbaynggirr and Bundjalung land on the Mid North Coast and started learning about native produce when he was four years old out walking with his aunties and grandmothers, taking what they found in the bush or along the coastline and cooking it up at their homes.

Bush tucker flavours are one of the strongest trends in the global food scene at present, Clayton says, with the world’s top restaurants getting on the bandwagon.

There is a lot of interest internationally in what is happening in Australia with Indigenous foods and local cooking shows and up-and-coming young chefs often include bush food ingredients in their menus.

He just happened to get involved with these marvellous flavours and ingredients earlier than the others and has a lot of experience.

Clayton says he can understand chefs around the world getting interested in Australian native food flavours – “it’s like having a whole new bag of tricks to play with”, he says. The popular chef is no stranger to the Wauchope area, having cooked for this year’s Meals in the Fields banquet at Hollisdale’s Near River farm, using local produce for the multi-course gourmet event.

Clayton is planning to use more local produce for The Department Store cooking demonstration, combined with finger limes and warrigal greens for another of his distinctive delicious dishes.

He hopes people attending the demonstrations will “have fun” and take home some new ideas for incorporating bush food ingredients into their family meals.

“It’s Australian, it’s sustainable and it makes a lot more sense than just using imported ingredients,” he says.

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Today isGo Home On Time Day, and Beyond Blue is urging everyone to knock off at theirrostered time and consider whether yourwork/life balance is healthy — or perhaps address reasons that may be keeping you at work, day in day out.
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According to Beyond Blue, around60% of Aussieswork extra hours to meet the expectations of theirjob. Some people may find it satisfying and rewarding to put in long hours at work however, this can affect your mental and physical health — and also your relationships.

It’s up to both employers and employees to discuss expectations so that everyone’s clear on workloads, priorities and deadlines — and the resources available to complete tasks.

For some tips on how you can ensure you’re out the door on time today, or how to take care of your mental health at work, visit Heads Up.

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