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ROAD REPORT: Update on closed roads throughout region

ACCESS DENIED: Widespread road closures across Mackay region this morning after more than 200mm of rain recorded in some areas.

There are five roads still closed in the Gladstone region.

Tannum Surf Lifesavers dominate at junior champs comp

GOLDEN GIRLS: Dayna Sharpe, Rachel Buck and Mollie Skerman.

TANNUM Sands Surf Life Saving Club overall winners yet again


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Phar Lap: A true Aussie legend. Even if he was a Kiwi

Our friends at Bundaberg Rum want to hear your memories of our sporting legends. What's your favourite Phar Lap story?

King Wally: Just say you love him or start packing

Wally Lewis is a true legend of sport. One of only eight Immortals of the great game of rugby league. He was arguably the greatest five-eighth of all time.

The king ruled rugby league when men were really men.

Anna Meares: Even a broken neck couldn't stop her

If we watched more track cycling outside the Olympic schedule, we would be speaking about Anna as one of our greatest ever athletes. No question.

The most courageous effort by any athlete in our Olympic history

Mick Doohan: Unbeatable (but not unbreakable)

Australia's Mick Doohan celebrates his victory in the 500cc British Motorcycle Grand Prix at Donington Park, Leicestershire, August 17 1997, making him World Champion for the fourth year running. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)

Tough Mick Doohan is a mass of nuts, bolts and steel.

Allan Border: From Captain Grumpy to national hero

Australian cricketer Allan Border batting against South Africa in a one day international at Melbourne, Australia, 9th December 1993. (Photo by Ben Radford/Getty Images)

AB was a rugged little leftie who didn’t fit the mould.

Darren Lockyer, heartbreaker (especially if you're Blue)

Locky is one of the all-time great rugby league stars without question.

Even NSW fans have a soft spot for our Locky

'Dipper' DiPierdomenico: More than a massive moustache

1988:  Robert DiPierdomenico of Hawthorn celebrates his win in the VFL Grand Final match against Melbourne. Picture: Allsport Australia/ALLSPORT

Why an eccentric Hawthorn player is an Aussie legend

VIDEO: Police to continue search for body of missing man

8.55am: POLICE say the search continues this morning for the man - or the body of the man - who stole a vehicle and drove it into floodwaters on the weekend.

BOM labels low "non-issue", but some suggest cyclone chance

BOM labels a low hanging off the Queensland coast a “non-issue”, despite some suggesting it might develop into a tropical cyclone.

Awoonga Dam almost at 100 per cent

A BOM spokesman said “today is the day” that the region would receive rainfall needed to push the dam close to its peak.

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Intending councillors session

Graeme McDonald

Who turned up to the intending councillors session on Sunday?

Chinese New Year Gladstone 2016

Leon Chen, President of the Gladstone Chinese Community Margy McArdle, Vice President Fei Matheson, Michael Matheson, Holly Matheson, 10 and President of the Gladstone Multicultural Association Incorporated Peter O'Dwyer

Gladstone Chinese New Year celebrations February 2016

Night Life Gladstone 6/2

Everyone was having a good night out on Saturday February 6 at MiePlace night club. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

Night Life Gladstone 6/2


SOGGY: The main softball diamond is drenched in pools of water. Photo Nick Kossatch / Observer

Heavy rain over the past week is likely to cause cricket and softball matches to be...

IN DEEP: Colourful dive at Jew Shoal site

A nudibranch.

Jew Shoal lies just north of Noosa Heads in Laguna Bay

IN DEEP: Tobruk could mean dive heaven

Diving HMAS Tobruk.

It takes a lot of money to prepare a ship for scuttling

Barramundi season to re-open next month

A barramundi fingerling is tagged. Photo: Jamie Newborn.

The barramundi closed seasons have been in force

Beer & BS: Roothy tells how to keep an old truck running

John Rooth's old faithful Milo: It’s not that hard to keep an old truck flush in new parts

John Rooth lifts the lid on diesel power and Chooka’s latest hairdo.

12V tips: Five easy 4WD upgrades you can do at home

It’s a pretty safe bet there’s been more than a few divorces due to warm steaks, burnt fuses and wives tripping over tent pegs sticking out of the ground in the dark.

A few 12V upgrades can make 4WDing a whole lot more comfortable.

Camp cooking: Whip up a feast from whatever you've got

Roothy ready to get cooking on the campfire

Sometimes I just make things up to suit whatever’s in the truck.

Broke official trailer

The trailer for Gladstone filmed feature movie Broke will be released this Friday.

Broke was filmed in Gladstone in 2014 and now the cast and crew are getting ready...

Intending council session

Gladstone Regional Council's intending council session

Matthew Perkins

Matthew talks about his golf

Agents close up the shop fronts

Staff at Elders Real Estate Gladstone, Rentals Division. Colin Burke, left, and receptionist Kayla Belcher.

THE face of the real estate industry is changing

Multi-million-dollar city mansion up for sale

PREMIUM PROPERTY: One of Toowoomba’s most stunning houses, 36 Tourist Rd, has gone on the market.

Luxurious East Toowoomba property offers spectacular views

Angelene set to take on the galaxy quest

Angelene Ward

Coast beauty Angelene Ward has been named Miss Mooloolaba

Dog-gone but comes back again and again

SPECIAL BOND: Carlene Peterson, of Buderim, is caring for two-year-old golden retriever Bailey during his seeing eye dog training.

Bailey's a golden retriever learning to become a seeing eye dog

Ready to say ‘I do’ before he's popped the question

CAKE ART: Jodi Dillon of Crystalbrook Patisserie shows bride-to be Kylie Streeter and Wendy Streeter some of her cakes at Mackay’s 30th Premier Bridal Fair.

She's planned most of her wedding she’s just waiting on the proposal