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MAP: Where to see the best Christmas lights in Gladstone

CHRISTMAS MAGIC: A house on Joyner Close, Glen Eden, Christmas 2016.

See our full list of spots to take the family this December.

Labor warhorse rules out challenge for Flynn seat

Deputy mayor Chris Trevor keeps a close eye on the tally. Election 2016. Saturday 2 July 2016

Who's in and who's out for Labor's candidacy.

Adani split with major contractor for Carmichael Mine

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Adani's Jeyakumar Janakaraj back in April in 2016 before the premier vetoed the NAIF loan.

Indian energy giant to build and operate its controversial mine







Country boy's hot drug offer was just hot air

He faced jail time after police caught him boasting about big drug deals

Tribunal hands down swim coach decision

Former coach Adam Eiseman must pay Western Suburbs Swimming Club almost $10K.

STRIKE THREE: Prison term for serial chemist thief

The man who smashed his way into a South Gladstone chemist with a hammer has been sentenced to 15 months imprisonment with a parole release date next Friday.

MJ on Sat'day: Why you should buy local

KEEP IT HERE: Ginger Says owner Michelle Wilson and creative design assistant Taylor Butcher encourage shoppers to support local business. The Gladstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry says the same and so do we.

We hear the phrase 'buy local' often, but do we ever ask why?

New chopper transfers from Gladstone to Heron Island

SKY HIGH: Marine Helicopter Charters Will Richards and Gary Robertson and have restarted helicopter transfers to Heron Island.

See the Southern Great Barrier Reef from the sky.

Port bosses visit Asia's big coal users in game-changing trip

Gladstone Ports Corporation chief executive and chairman visited Asian customers last month.

GPC chief and chairman have two-week long Asia trip.

Businesswomen "bust myths" of Goondoon St in quirky video

CREATIVE SPARK: Ginger Says owner Michelle Wilson and creative design assistant Taylor Butcher are encouraging shoppers to support local business in Goondoon St.

Shoppers encouraged to buy local this Christmas.

PHOTOS: Residents shared a dash of Christmas joy with us

The Observer readers sent in their Santa pictures to us. Take a look.

OUR SAY: Art is vital to gain a feel for regional places

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There was plenty of arts activities throughout Gladstone this week

Dredging Round Hill Creek far more urgent than Boyne: Anglers

CONCERNED DUO: Anglers Wayne Bonham and Alan James are unhappy about problems at Round Hill Creek.

Local fishers are hoping to see action to reduce risk via dredging.

HIGH ACHIEVER: National award recognises Aurizon apprentice

GREAT EFFORT: Gladstone's Brooke Reece was recognised as Aurizon's leading apprentice for Australia at the company's 2017 Employee Excellence Awards.

Brooke Reece was recognised as Aurizon's leading apprentice.

Demand for retirement home at Tannum Sands too big to ignore

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Plans for a retirement village at Tannum Sands will soon be concrete

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'I didn't want to be a burden': CQ miner's silent battle

A SILENT battle raged inside Knoxie Paul, but it wasn't until tragedy claimed two loved ones' lives that he decided to speak up.

REVEALED: Kesha confirmed for Bluesfest 2018

FILE - In this May 22, 2016, file photo, Kesha arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Kesha released "Praying" on July 6, 2017. The song is the lead single from the singer's first album in five years. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Plus Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge and Juanes

OPEN: Tickets to see Flume at Falls, signed vinyl on auction

HOT TICKETS: Flume took the top spot in Triple J's 2016 Hottest 100 poll.

It is an exclusive copy of Skin autographed by Flume

VIDEO: Will Dustyesky go to Russia with the Socceroos?

FROM MULLUMGRAD: Director Andrew Swain (centre, holding a dog) with most of Dustyesky's Choir.

The all-male choir from Mullumgrad has been booked for Womadelaide

Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade

Mooloolaba's Christmas Boat Parade is fun for everyone! Get yourselves ready for a magical, floating lights.

Mooloolaba's Christmas boat parade was as spectacular as ever on the weekend, as...

Lions Park grand opening

The opening of Gladstone's Lions Park, on December 16, 2017.

Landscape architect Tobi Volber at the opening of Gladstone's Lions Park, on...

Lions Park grand opening

The opening of Gladstone's Lions Park, on December 16, 2017.

Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher at the opening of Gladstone's Lions Park, on...

Robin Bailey on Christmas since her husband died

THREE years ago, radio host Robin Bailey faced a shocking family tragedy. In the time since, after a lot of gut-wrenching work, life is finally looking up.

‘Australia has lost its sex drive’

Penthouse Pet model Bettina Raap in 1996. More than a decade later, the publisher of Penthouse magazine says Australia has lost its sex drive.

Penthouse Forum letters disappear, Penthouse Black Label closes

premium_icon Blood donation gives mum-to-be the ultimate Christmas gift

Mary Campbell and Meg Terrill with Mabel, five months. Picture: Tim Carrafa

New mum encourages others to donate blood this festive season.

Are my headphones too loud?

Health

Do you think your headphones are causing you to have hearing loss? If yes new study...

premium_icon Jealous ex leaked sex tape to girlfriend’s father

291096.Sexual Harrassment victim Sharry.
This girl can not be identified .

A 19 year-old man blackmailed his girlfriend to stay with him resulting in dire...

Top-selling sneakers revealed

Sneakers were again a key trend in fashion this year, as seen on Nike ambassador Bella Hadid. Picture: Supplied

Retailers announce that sneakers have been the footwear of choice this year

The $35k trip that killed Leigh

Leigh Aiple died after undergoing cosmetic surgery in Malaysia. Picture: Youtube

A self-conscious 31 year-old man took a trip to Malaysia with the goal to change...

MOVIE REVIEW: Five-star film’s incredible achievement

WHEN you sit down in a movie and regret it in the first 10 minutes, that’s not a great sign. That it manages to change your mind completely is astonishing.

Meet the man making Taylor ‘happier than ever’

Taylor Swift has a new man.

POP star is keeping her latest boyfriend strictly under wraps.

LOTR star keen to reprise role for TV series

Sir Ian McKellan (right) starred as Gandalf alongside Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) in the Lord of the Rings movies.

Sir Ian McKellan has announced he wants to return as Gandalf.

Star Wars snap: ‘You didn’t f**king tell me that’

Mark Hamill makes  a triumphant return to active Star Wars duty.

HARRISON Ford was less than impressed with Mark Hamill.

Pro-austerity Saudi prince buys world's most expensive home

The Chateau Louis XIV. Designed by Cogemad.

This French mansion became the world’s most expensive home

Aussie parents buy primary school kids their own apartments

Aiva Anagnostiadis, 10, and her brother James might be among the youngest property owners in Melbourne.

These two kids already own homes in Melbourne’s property game

Staggering sale for Block stars

Kyal & Kara Demmrich pose with son Ziya.

The Block star’s Kyal and Kara have scored a massive sale

Pick of the spots on the Coast

Todd McKee, left, and Sharni Pinder, right, of McGrath Estate Agents with Mel and Gill Luke at Mooloolaba to celebrate the launch of the luxury First Bay Coolum development.

A lot of planning and thought for luxury Coolum development

premium_icon Public servants brace for change from overhaul

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk swears in during a ceremony at Government House in Brisbane, Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Ms Palaszczuk's cabinet was today sworn in after winning the November 25 state election.

Queensland's top bureaucrats have been warned to expect changes

premium_icon Revealed: The most in-demand workers of 2017

Demand for tradies has significantly increased.

Demand for some workers rebounds in 2017

Aussie has the world’s best job

Wouldn’t mind staying in a house like this for a while! Sherbet Birdie photography

Sorelle Amore’s ultimate goal seemed outrageous

More than 50 jobs you can apply for right now

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Cr Cindi Bush compiled a list of opportunities for work seekers.

POLLIE TICKLED: No job? We can fix that

A whole new method of job-hunting on offer.

Get back on the job train with these top tips

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Men asked to take responsibility for bad driving

Men make up 74% of national road fatalities and are being asked to drive more responsibly.

Do you think men are worse drivers than women?

NHVR releases draft electronic work diary standards

OUT WITH THE OLD: NHVR will release new electronic work diaries.

The draft EWD Policy Framework and Standards will be released

Why going hybrid doesn’t pay

Toyota Prius C (August 2017 update). Picture: Supplied.

Does hybrid technology add up at the bowser?

Kia Stinger crash test shock

The Kia Stinger has earned mixed results in the latest round of crash tests. Picture: Supplied.

Base models receive low scores.

Double fatality truckie: 'That night was my worst nightmare'

The scene of a double fatality near Huts Creek on the Bruce Highway.

Photo Ebony Battersby / The Observer

Truck driver found not guilty by jury after two-day trial

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