'Fast tracked': $9.8m project to bring Gladstone jobs

AN ENERGY HIT: Glenn Butcher MP has announced a $9.8 million upgrade to the power supply infrastructure.

State Government fast tracks another project in Gladstone

Miles points to science to call for land clearing laws

New research reveals more information on stresses to the Reef

'Wrong spot': Workers on site of controversial Tannum servo

MIXED REACTION: Earthwork has started at the Coles Express service station on Booth Ave, Tannum Sands.

Development of servo in the 'wrong spot' starts







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Magistrate sends man's 'serious' sex act case to district court

Baby dropped by Gladstone man after Bundaberg mum wakes to find a stranger in her bed doing a sex act.

Teen "laughs hysterically" in short-lived dash from cops

Teenage girl gets more jail time after she runs from police at Gladstone watch house.

Gladstone tradie grabs 'pure fantasy' sex toy

Tradie steals pregnancy test kit from a Gladstone chemist then returns to steal a fantasy sex toy

600 Gladstone, Rockhampton locals find jobs in a month

Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer

FRESH signs Gladstone is starting to level out after dramatic fall.

Jobs in limbo as company goes into administration

Gladstone depot - McAleese transport has gone into voluntary administration. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

Future unknown for Gladstone depot workers

$70b opportunity to make us $3000 a year better off

Report reveals potential to power Australia's biggest employers

Is this the end for McAleese?

McAleese have managed to secure a refinance deal.

MCALEESE has gone into voluntary administration.

Court to decide on Carmichael mine challenge

Adani Carmichael Mine.

Carmichael coal mine to be hit with a legal challenge

Gladstone kids make 'positive difference' to reef health

Picking up rubbish isn't too bad for these Gladstone school kids

King family welcomes fourth daughter to Bracewell property

BUNDLE OF JOY: Linda and David King welcomed their fourth girl Bailee Jae on the 24th of August 2016 at 2.42pm.

Boom times in rural Bracewell with Dave's five girls.

All the glitz and glam at Gladstone PCYC Charity Ball: Photos

Joel and Emma Geddinges - Gladstone PCYC 2016 Charity Ball.Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

See who was out and about at Saturday's PCYC Charity Ball.

OPINION: Community chips in when car breaks down

Cheryl Royal-Scott, right, was overwhelmed by the help she received when she had car troubles last week.

Community spirit is well and truly alive in the Gladstone region.

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"Focus on the good": New group spreads kindness

The Gladstone Goodness Project is spreading joy throughout the region.

Have you received a random act of kindness this week?

'Beautiful soul': Residents speak out about "Mr Happy"

Always happy Boyne Island resident Jim Cole with Will, 6, Alex, 5  and Zoe Richardson, 3.

Mr Cole is incredibly well known in our region.

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Brand Insights

Sale trail preparations look promising

'This year's theme is Australia's Big Day of Good Stuff, with residents across the region hosting sales for all different reasons.'

72 hours of things to do

2015 PCYC Charity Ball. 
Photo Paul Braven / The Observer

We have your weekend sorted with 72 hours of things to do

Die-hard fan's 34 magic Gympie Muster years

STICK AROUND FOR A BEER: Mal Williams has been at every Gympie Muster for 34 years.

Mal Williams has only missed one Muster in 35 years - the first one

John Williamson winding up for another Gympie Muster

John Williamson is bringing some new songs and artists to this year's Muster.

John Williamson is back and ready to put on his best show ever

Furniture store closing down

Mawa Exotics in Hanson road is closing down. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

Mawa Exotics on Hanson Road is closing down.

Jeep's Greatest Hits

2011 Jeep Wrangler Blue Crush. Photo: Contributed

We look at some of the landmark and memorable 4x4 offerings from Jeep's proud 75...

Jeep 75th Anniversary Specials

Jeep Wrangler 75th Anniversary Edition launched as part of celebrations for Jeep's 75th anniversary. Photo: Thomas Wielecki

Jeep 75th Anniversary Specials in the South Australian outback, marking...

PCYC Charity Ball

Joel and Emma Geddinges - Gladstone PCYC 2016 Charity Ball.Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

See who was out and about at Saturday's Gladstone PCYC Charity Ball.

NIGHTLIFE: PCYC Charity Ball

Joel and Emma Geddinges.

See who was out and about at Saturday's Gladstone PCYC Charity Ball

Jupiter in pictures

Jupiter's north polar region in an image taken by Juno spacecraft as it approached the planet. The spacecraft performed its first successful fly-by on August 27 out of 36 in total. Images from the fly-by will be much closer than this one, which was taken more than 700,000km away from Jupiter. The first fly-by passed about 4200km from Jupiter's clouds.

The best views of Jupiter and its moons captured by NASA since the first Voyager 1...

Keith Bromilow

Keith wants to save the memorial tree in Benaraby

MASter vs Apprentice

GAGAL Tradie of the year against builder of 24 years Ian Marxsen.

Pauline Hanson targets Muslims with 4 wives

Speaking on SkyNews the Senator says Muslims with 4 wives are cheating our welfare system.

One Nation leader says Muslim polygamists are rorting our welfare system.

How to get rid of a headache in two minutes

One man thinks he's got the answer for curing a headache, pronto

Diet, not drugs, best way to beat heart disease: study

Hervey Bay Food and Wine Festival. Photo Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Study followed 1200 people who had history of heart disease

Concept car for the super rich: Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

GRACE AND PACE: All-electric Mercedes-Maybach concept has 550kW, hits 100kmh in under four seconds and has a range of 500 kilometres. It won't be for poor people.

The classics reinterpreted with this dazzling Maybach concept

Why hyper-real social media is causing a rise in depression

Elke Kahler wants young people to appreciate Instagram photos for what they are - moments in time. "There is a whole life that goes on behind that one photo," she said.

Instagram influencer and doctor share common message

Crash course booming as students flock to CQUni

SOLVING THE PUZZLE: Renee Sorbello loves the challenge of accident forensics.

Curious students flocking to Bundaberg

Jeep launches special edition 75th Anniversary models

SHINING STARS: Jeep 75th Anniversary models gathered in the South Australian outback as part of the brand's birthday celebrations. Special edition Renegade, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee and Wranglers are now available featuring optional military-inspired colours.

Renegade, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee and Wrangler 75th Anniversary

John Lennon's killer denied parole for 9th time

John Lennon

John Lennon's killer has been denied parole for the ninth time.

Mexican band takes aim at Trump

Disguised as unhinged narcotraficantes, the Mexican-American agitators of BRUJERIA captured the mood of the citys minorities with the bands infamous and widely banned 1993 debut, Matando Geros (Killing White People), quickly becoming the Spanish-language counterparts to early grindcore masters TERRORIZER and NAPALM DEATH.  Photo Contributed

'Satanic drug lord' band challenges Trump

Willy Wonka star, Gene Wilder dead at 83

A still of Gene Wilder in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Social media has already lit up with tributes to the late actor.

Warning for unit investors with price plummet prediction

The warning signs are flashing for one real estate sector in 2017 despite others performing the best they have in years and it's not going to be pretty.

One real estate sector looks set for a rocky 2017

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Father willing to do anything to work

DESPERATE: Maryborough concreter Andrew Roberts is searching for a job ... any job. He is pictured here with April, Isabella and partner Jaime-Lee Henningsen.

Andrew Roberts is just one example of the Fraser Coast's crisis

Promise of 250 jobs from Mackay region project

Bakers Creek - Corner of Cook Lane and Main Street.

Developer has promised 250 construction jobs, $316M in activity

Virtual reality used to engage unemployed young people

National Job Link uses virtual reality about working in the real world to engage young people unemployed or disassociated from school.

"If you can build their confidence, they can do anything,”

EXCLUSIVE: Charleville set to get abattoir in 2017

John Burey plans to convert his kangaroo meatwork facility to slaughter cattle.

Charleville's Kangaroo works are set to reopen in 2017.

The fact your boss should know about you but doesn't...

A study has established something interesting about Aussie workers

Could this be the best job in the world?

St Bees Island managing director Phil Webb.

THE only rule: don't stand too long under coconut trees.

REVEALED: The time you're most likely to get a flat battery

IT WON’T START: Car batteries can be tricky buisness.

If your car wouldn't start this morning you're not alone

Infiniti Q30 crossover small SUV road test and review

EDGY CROSSOVER: Striking looks, decent kit and plenty of premium features give the German small SUVs something to think about as the Infiniti Q30 joins the party.

Nissan's premium arm joins the small SUV party

Lamborghini reveals its $3 million Centenario Roadster

Carbon fibre Centenario Roadster features a V12 good for 566kW and a 0-100kmh time of 2.9 seconds.

Twenty roadsters being produced, and they're all already sold

Me and My Ride: Rob's timber boat works a treat

PRIDE AND JOY: Rob White with his treasured timber boat, something he had always wanted to own.

Mackay waterski enthusiast loves his wooden boat

Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe road test and review

BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL: Prestige Mercedes C300 Coupe has blinding good looks and performance to match.

Stunning coupe pulls the heart strings

Driver heads to Red CentreNATS for horsepower party

Red CentreNATS will showcase the best streets machines, elite cars, hot rods and classics at the event in September in Alice Springs.

Tickets for the second annual festival of wheels are now on sale.