'Loaded' hourly rates could replace penalty rates

PENALTY RATES: Workers could get more an hour to fore go weekend penalty rates.

DO YOU rely on penalty rates to make ends meet?

BREAKING: Gladstone man flees court

Police are looking for this man

33-year-old man wanted by police

Emergency services held up in woman's rail line 'sieges'

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Woman's late night antics puts Gladstone rail under 'siege'






Why this kitchen gadget has won my heart...

I HAVE always been a fan of those ‘find everything in your kitchen and chuck it in a frypan’ recipes – or as my former housemate calls it ‘pantry surprise’.

'My twin would be proud': Lauren kicks 33kg in 32 weeks

KICKING GOALS AND KILOS: Grand Finalist in the Rapid Loss weight-loss competition, Hervey Bay's Lauren Kertland is now living life to the fullest.

In 32 weeks Lauren dropped from 94kg to 61kg

WED Sep 28: Kick the Kilos leaderboard

Portrait of athletic mature woman resting after jogging. Beautiful senior blonde woman running at the park on a sunny day. Female runner listening to music while jogging.

NOT too much movement on the Kick the Kilos leaderboard.

Four simple ways to spring-clean your diet

Your mum was right: Eat your vegetables

TUES Sept 27: Kick the Kilos leaderboard

young fitness woman runner running on sunrise road

AND Tweed is back in the game.

Asher has lost 20kg and it's all because he loves to socialise

RUNNING MAN: Asher Roby competes in the Yeppoon Triathlon in August.

Man decides to get fit when he gets sick of running out of puff

MON Sep 26: Kick the kilos leaderboard

The Silhouette of Tweed Heads Local David Tease on the Duranbah Head land after a early morning run up and down the Look out steps to Duranbah beach.

ALL groups are stacking on the kilometres and kicking the kilos.

Man accused of Gladstone girl's abduction remanded

Child abduction accused appears in custody before a Gladstone court but does not apply for bail

Troubled Gladstone teen steals from Maccas charity box

Teenager steals McDonalds charity box money and a push bike from KFC worker but will 'repay' Gladstone by doing unpaid community service work

'Foolish': Drink driver crashes mate's car into pole

Clubbing night ends with mate's car into a power pole so Gladstone police follow the oil trail after the teenagers push it home

Massive auction expected to have tradies in 'Hilux heaven'

Hassalls general manager Steve Walls is promising bidders \"Hilux heaven\".

“HILUX HEAVEN” is heading to our region, auctioneers are promising.

600 Gladstone, Rockhampton locals score jobs

Construction of RTA Yarwun expansion. Precipitation tank assembly.  Photo Contributed . SINGLE USE ONLY FOR EDITORIAL FEATURE

2800 more people find jobs on this time last year.

OPINION: Buying locally more critical in downturn

Gladstone CBD, January 2016. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer

JOBS are scarce and we need to dramatically change our ways.

Top 8 best fish and chips shops in Gladstone

NO SHORTAGE of places but here are the best, according to locals.

Brisbane, Gold Coast airports hit by Border Force strikes

Extensive rolling stoppages to start today

Teacher died from horse fall

A very sad accident occurred at Yarwun last Thursday.

LETTER: 'Don't condemn us welfare recipients'

TIME for some facts on the welfare system with the Government outcry

YOUR SAY: Do new smoking laws go far enough in Gladstone?

WHAT do Gladstone residents think about a controversial smoking ban?

Top pollie tours Flynn's health hubs

Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd

POLLIE tours Flynn's health facilities for "idea of the challenges".

Residents reminded to nominate Gladstone's Australian of the Year

Australia day awards and citizenship ceremony, January 2016. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

YOU can nominate an Australian of the Year in Gladstone right now.

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Energetic youngsters spellbound by Wonderland

THE school-holiday period can be a hectic time for parents and, with children crowding out the family home, sometimes it can be hard to keep them entertained

Family fights to stop more deaths from rare disease

A charity gold day will be held in honour of Camiras Paul McMahon who died of amyloidosis on November 4 last year.Photo: Contributed

The life-threatening condition you've probably never heard of

'How gorillas changed my life'

Annette Henderson lived and worked with gorillas in the African jungle for more than a year and has written a book about her amazing experience.

Author shares her unbelieveable tale of life deep in the jungle

72 HOURS of things to do in the Gladstone region

Don Green in the teams butcher blocks at the Calliope Rodeo on Saturday.  Photo Campbell Gellie / The Observer

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Police Remembrance Day

National police remembrance day, September 29, 2016.

A candlelight vigil and street parade were held in Gladstone to commemorate...

The Dock at East Shores

The Dock at East Shores is now open.

GREAT HAMBURGERS: The Dock at East Shores is now open

National police remembrance day

National police remembrance day, September 29, 2016.

National police remembrance day, September 29, 2016.

Hilux heaven coming to region

Hassalls general manager Steve Walls is promising bidders \"Hilux heaven\".

Hassalls general manager Steve Walls is promising bidders "Hilux heaven".

Rosetta Probe to Crash into Comet

Probe will crash into comet after 2 years of collecting data.

The European Space Agency will end its comet tracking mission by crashing probe...

Train Crash Causes Commuter Chaos

Train smashed into platform, bringing down part of the roof.

Witnesses say train did not slow down as it approached station.

Former MP Caught in Firefight

Former MP was visiting a friend when he got too close to the action.

Wyatt Roy has been caught in crossfire near the Syria and Iraq border.

Rockmelon and prosciutto: a match made in heaven

Get your Rockmelon seeds with the paper today.

SOME foods were just made for each other...

328kmh! The world's fastest VW Beetle

FLYING DUB: Production VW Beetle's 2.0-litre engine modified to 405kW to help break the 200mph barrier.

Rapid bug smashes Beetle Land Speed Record

High protein, low carb diet put in doubt

Common dietary advice has been turned on its head by new research

Death of Cooloola horse Bella taken to Parliament

Biosecurity officers test a horse for the Hendra virus.

The death of Tin Can Bay horse Bella has been taken to Parliament

New Rio poised to clinch Kia top 10 position

The 2017 Kia Rio goes on show at the Paris Motor Show.

The 2017 Kia Rio has the potential to entrench Kia as a top 10 brand

The Ford Mustang you really want: V8 GT road test and review

RIGHT PONY: There's the Mustang with the sensible four-cylinder engine, and then there's this, the proper one. The V8 Mustang GT Fastback with manual gearbox is a purist's dream.

Pure rear wheel drive muscle in Ford's firecracker

Kim Kardashian West wants restraining order against prankster

She was attacked by Vitalii Sediuk for the second time in two years

Cliff Richard to release 101st album

Sir Cliff Richard's album cover

Sir Cliff Richard is to release his 101st album

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

'Flex muscles': Gladstone suburb drops $120K

BUYERS are scooping unprecedented deals by “flexing their muscles at the table”

Few bright lights for property after mining downturn

The Gladstone Regional Council wants associated LNG companies like Bechtel to be apart of the EIS housing accommodation strategy from the outset of the projects and not mid-way through.

Tannum Sands continues to write its own property success story

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

10 jobs in Gladstone only offered to locals

10 JOBS up for grabs in Gladstone right now.

'Stop these rorts': Loopholes cost locals jobs

Construction of a workers’ village has made solid progress on Curtis island.

A lack of transparency has raised concerns

Mining contract firm expands to Papua New Guinea and WA

CQ Field Mining general manager Dean Scott (right) and his staff at Paget (from left) Danny Chrzanowski, Liam Keighran, Jason Holt, Julie Hope, Kirsty Head, Sara Aston and Sharon McLean.

Almost 100 applicants as expansion opens new job opportunities

Female only job listing rubs men up the wrong way

The ad on Seek.

Comments on social media suggest the ad is "sexist”.

December arrival for Holden's new $21,990 Astra

ASTRA ARRIVAL: Multi-award winning Opel Astra arrives here in December sporting a Holden badge and high hopes of boosting the brand as local manufacturing winds up.

European Car of the Year a key Holden model

REVEALED: Queensland's fuel theft hotspots

The number of petrol theft cases in Queensland is on the increase

Cattle injured in truck rollover near meatworks

A truck carrying cattle has rolled near the Teys meatworks on Lakes Creek Road.

Truck rolls over, some cattle injured

Infiniti QX30 all-wheel-drive SUV road test and review

ALL-PAW PREMIUM: Why be a sheep? If you fancy a premium all-wheel-drive small SUV alternative to your Germans, Infiniti offers its attractive QX30. But should you buy one?

Stylish crossover a break from the norm

All-new Volkswagen Tiguan SUV road test and review

Volkswagen’s long-awaited Tiguan SUV update is bigger, bolder and blingier than its predecessor

All-new mid-size SUV ready to boost VW sales

Holden reveals all-new Equinox SUV is Australia bound

COMING SOON: Chevrolet reveals its global Equinox SUV model and Holden quickly confirms we'll be seeing it in Australia in 2017.

2017 arrival for Captiva replacement