December 2019

Published a story 8th Dec 2019 3:15 PM

‘I never realised the power of a phone call until one changed my life.’

How a phone call could have saved my brother

‘I never realised the power of a phone call until one changed my life.’

Published a story 6th Dec 2019 8:37 PM

ONE person has died in a head-on collision between a car and truck south of Mackay. The Bruce Hwy has now reopened.

Woman killed in head-on crash with B-double

ONE person has died in a head-on collision between a car and truck south of Mackay. The Bruce Hwy has now reopened.

Published a story 6th Dec 2019 7:04 PM

Meet the team: In this heatwave, the Merc’s new deputy editor Tara Miko has been given a very warm welcome to town.

Mackay’s warm welcome for new Merc staffer

Meet the team: In this heatwave, the Merc’s new deputy editor Tara Miko has been given a very warm welcome to town.

Published a story 6th Dec 2019 3:51 PM

I still remember the first fatal crash I reported on as a journalist. In fact, I doubt I’ll ever forget it.

Road trauma impacts more than those who die

I still remember the first fatal crash I reported on as a journalist. In fact, I doubt I’ll ever forget it.

Published a story 4th Dec 2019 8:09 PM

‘Despite police who keep pushing this message, we have three fatalities in less than a week.’

Police plead with drivers after three people killed on roads

‘Despite police who keep pushing this message, we have three fatalities in less than a week.’

Published a story 4th Dec 2019 8:14 AM

A MAN is in a serious condition in hospital with multiple stab wounds to his upper body after an incident north of Mackay.

Man in court over alleged Seaforth stabbing

A MAN is in a serious condition in hospital with multiple stab wounds to his upper body after an incident north of Mackay.

Published a story 3rd Dec 2019 12:35 PM

Support and counselling has been offered to school peers of a young girl who died in a tragic traffic crash west of Mackay at the weekend.

Student peers offered support after girl’s tragic death

Support and counselling has been offered to school peers of a young girl who died in a tragic traffic crash west of Mackay at the weekend.

November 2019

Published a story 22nd Nov 2019 3:34 PM

FATIGUED but fuelled by the desire to win against Mother Nature, hundreds of firefighters have pushed themselves to the limit.

Fatigued fireys put all on the line saving communities

FATIGUED but fuelled by the desire to win against Mother Nature, hundreds of firefighters have pushed themselves to the limit.

Published a story 22nd Nov 2019 11:47 AM

THE sudden death of a young girl at a rural property south of Toowoomba remains a mystery with detectives yet to receive vital information in the investigation.

Questions linger over little girl’s sudden death at Cambooya

THE sudden death of a young girl at a rural property south of Toowoomba remains a mystery with detectives yet to receive vital information in the investigation.

Published a story 21st Nov 2019 4:53 PM

WITH some measure of control now in place around the Pechey and Ravensbourne bushfires, authorities have launched an investigation to determine how the destructive blaze started.

Pechey bushfire ignition source under investigation

WITH some measure of control now in place around the Pechey and Ravensbourne bushfires, authorities have launched an investigation to determine how the destructive blaze started.

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Tara joined the company in 2010 after graduating with a journalism and politics degree from Griffith University in Brisbane. After first working in newspapers in the Bowen Basin in Central Queensland, she joined the team at The Chronicle in 2013. In September that year she took over the reins of the Rural Weekly, and has been on the crime desk in Toowoomba since 2015.