Southern Cross Austereo, in conjunction with Nine Network, will broadcast a dedicated one-hour Nine News Darling Downs QLD bulletin to local residents beginning Monday, 14 August.

The Nine News Darling Downs team will bring news to local residents of Toowoomba, Kingaroy, Dalby, Warwick and neighbouring areas, from monitoring the tourism trails on the Downs to tracking agriculture developments within the grains industry.

As part of one of the biggest expansions of news operations in Australia, the Darling Downs bulletin is the sixth of seven bulletins to be rolled out across the state in the coming months.

Presented by reporter Samantha Heathwood, the bulletin will be broadcast every night at 6pm. Compiling local stories, local sport and weather reports, locals will receive both national and international coverage.

Paul Taylor will deliver the sports report each day and Nicole Rowles will provide locals with a fully localised weather report.

Warwick local and Darling Downs reporter Christopher Anderson will cover all local community matters alongside Kieran Wagstaff and Joshua Cummings.

“We are pleased that this partnership has been able to create jobs within local Queensland communities,” said Chief Executive Officer of Southern Cross Austereo Grant Blackley.

“Having local reporters who live in the regions means we can bring the best local stories to air, and provide our clients and businesses with new opportunities to reach their customers.”

The seven Queensland bulletins will conclude the roll out of the 15 Nine News regional bulletins.

“We’re excited to be introducing the Nine brand of local news to regional Queensland viewers,” said Mike Dalton, Director of Regional News for the Nine Network.

“The Nine News brand has a proud history that stretches back 60 years. Queensland is the most decentralised state in Australia and our reporters are committed to start telling the stories of local communities.”

The Darling Downs team will be using the latest technology to write and edit stories regionally.

Read more about regional Nine News here.