Year in review: Looking back on the top stories of September 2021

December 29 2021 - 5:00am
Year in Review: Top stories of September 2021

When Chinchilla's Wayne McLennan was fined $100 for unlawful possession of a knife in public, it created fear for many in the agriculture world.

It was flagged as having far-reaching ramifications, according to a Queensland shooting organisation.

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Mr McLennan, 75, was stopped by Chinchilla police on August 2 for a breathalyser test, but his blood alcohol reading at the station was under the limit.

According to a police spokesman, it was while he was being detained that officers noticed he was carrying a knife.

He was subsequently charged and issued with a notice to appear in court over the pocket knife, which was inside its leather pouch and attached to his waist belt.

He pleaded guilty to the offence under the Weapons Act and was fined $100, which Kennedy MP Bob Katter said was "nearly unbelievable", describing it as the work of "authoritarian fun destroyers".

Shooters Union president Graham Park believes it's even worse than that.

He said carrying a pocket knife was not illegal in Queensland and Mr McLennan should never have been charged in the first place, much less been allowed to plead guilty to the offence.

On the topic of laws, a column that resonated with QCL readers was that of View from the Paddock contributor Bess O'Connor on the topic of border restrictions.

A section of the column below provided a devastating glimpse into life in a border town during COVID-19.

"We ready our stories and practise them so we don't crumble when interrogated. "Papers please, what's your reason for entering Queensland?" As we simply go from one side of a river to the other in the same country. Dystopian is an understatement yet people who aren't living it scoff that we are 'exaggerating' the situation."

Scott Ferguson, Glenn Oaks Stud, Nobby, the purchaser of the top priced bull, Yarrawonga Katmandu R236, with Yarrawonga principal, Andrew Bassingthwaighte. Photos: Sally Gall

Scott and Wendy Ferguson, Glenn Oaks stud, Nobby outlaid $150,000 for the second lot into the ring, Yarrawonga Katmandu R236.

The result set a new record for the Santa Gertrudis breed for the Bassingthwaighte family, ironically breaking the record of $126,000 set last September by the Glenn Oaks stud at the Santa Central sale.

When it came to social outings, Twin Hills drew a big crowd at the track and online and the Carrigan sisters from St George found success in the Head of the River.

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