How much you really need to earn to lead a 'reasonable' life

A NEW study has revealed how much Australians really need to earn in order to enjoy a healthy standard of living.

Seniors are 'highest risk' of substance abuse

Researchers from the South London Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Flinders University in Adelaide have found that seniors are consuming alcohol and drugs at alarming rates.

"People over 50 have higher rates than younger age groups."

Beef cake Nissan Navara ute looks better in black

Only 500 Nissan Navara N-Sport Black Editions have been produced, starting from $54,490 plus on-roads.

Only 500 units will be available.

Barbells and beach bods - Agnes gym launches CrossFit holidays

Agnes Water 1770 CrossFit has kicked off CrossFit holidays for those wanting a little extra with their holiday.

A NEW way to holiday, and get buff while you're at it.

Aussies avoiding their neighbours says research

One in five people admitted to fighting with a neighbour.

Some cooking sauces contain '90 times more salt'

The World Health Organisation recommends people consume no more than 5mg of salt per day.

Cooking sauces are a great risk to our health, says nutritionist.

Bride and Prejudice's Chris reveals more family heartache

Grant and Chris feature on the TV series Bride & Prejudice. Supplied by Channel 7.

His dad’s health has dealt a massive blow to their happy life

70 years: Not going to bed angry secret to long marriage

Hard work, keeping busy and never going to bed angry is how Hervey Bay's Ken and Maisie Briskey have enjoyed and committed  to 70 years of wedded bliss.

From dairy and dancing to the bay and bowls

Mum loses custody of kids because of how she handled tantrum

Check out the activities to help get kids away from the TV these school holidays.

Mum reveals how police took away her two young children

Drs told to offer mums screen for intellectual disabilities

The genetic test for fragile X syndrome costs as little as $100

Her 3yo is being bullied, daycare says their hands are tied

Emily used to be a happy and confident little girl – but now that child is unrecognisable. Source: Kidspot

"I’m so frustrated and feel so helpless about the situation."

Mum shares natural remedy to clear a child’s cough

Carol with her daughter Arabelle, 4, and son Zavier, 8 months. Image: Supplied

The remedy to replace all remedies

Parents told baby would die after birth - but he survived

Natalie Forsdike with partner Jonny Spain and their newborn child Finn. Picture: Sam Ruttyn

The prognosis was so serious they were even offered a termination

Hate camping? This idea might change your mind

Imagine arriving at a camp site and all the hard work is done.

Camp Hire Australia hires the gear and will even pitch and pack away

From hospital bed to six-day, 250km desert run

IN TRAINING: Neil Collie runs trails around the scenic Glass House Mountains area in preparation for the 250km Big Red Run.

How a stroke survivor will tackle a gruelling desert ultra marathon

Final days to win $5000 BCF voucher!

$5000 BCF voucher up for grabs!

Don't miss out on this!

Last fishing trip entry form in tomorrow's paper!

Don't miss out on this great prize!

Only a few days left to get into competition!

Top 11 places to cool off in Gladstone when it's stinking hot

Aerial View of South End (bottom) and Facing Island. Gladstone. Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer

Want to get out and cool down? Here's where to visit in summer

7 weird fishing superstitions

WOWEE! This is a deadly combination if you're heading out fishing! Photo: contributed

Any of these ring true for you?

Business heats up with opening of new kebab shop

Meze Kebabs is expanding and setting up shop in Gladstone.

How Coast woman's simple idea became a cookbook empire

Kim McCosker with one of her 30 cookbooks, The Easiest Slow Cooker Book Ever.

Sense of creativity more important than business degree

Kids' dairy snacks recalled after faulty packaging

Parmalat Australia has recalled Calciyum, Woolworths & Aldi Brooklea yoghurt pouches sold at various retailers including Woolworths, Aldi, Metcash/IGA, Foodworks, Foodland, Friendly Grocer 4 Square and/or Farmer Jacks stores nationally.

Popular children's snack recalled over choking fears

RECIPE: Chicken dish delivers a big bang

Feisty flavours come together in poultry feast

RECIPE: Fry up these tasty fritters

Try these tasty onion bhaji as an entree or as nibbles with drinks.

Savoury dish a perfect entree or side for curry

BEER REVIEW: I'm a sucker for a blurb and a label

Colourful packaging one drawcard

Feasts from the Middle East

New Feast celebrates delicious cuisine of the Middle East

12 ways to keep your house clean without losing your mind

Yes cleaning is a fact of life and yes, there’s nothing better than a job well done, but what if you didn’t have to do it so often?

Hanson hears from concerned elderly

IN TOWN: One Nation leader Senator Pauline Hanson was in Buderim.

Controversial Senator 'amazed' by concerns from elderly

How often should you clean your sheets?

Your choice of colours and patterns sets the mood.

We spend about a third of our day between the sheets.

Style: How to get light and warmth in the dark months

A contemporary interior and fireplace that takes advantage of skylights and big windows.

Ultimate glamorous accessory for any home in winter is a fire

Light up with these green lanterns

Though not commonly seen this is a prolific flowerer

Toowoomba's famous carnival unveils 2017 program

Isaiah Firebrace will be among the entertainers wowing Toowoomba crowds.

Flower power takes over the city of Toowoomba in September

How a Coast micro gardener is transforming lives

MICRO GARDENER: Anne Gibson is helping transform people's lives by teaching them how to grow their own food in tiny spaces.

Desert-like balcony, too much shade, no outdoor space, no problem

This move sure to make garden as fresh as a daisy

Flowers like daisies seem to invoke much happiness in those who see them.

Old favourites put a smile on most faces

Are you up-to-date on the use of pesticides?

Pesticide misuse is taken very seriously by the EPA.

Pesticide users must do a short refresher course every five years

Gardening: Azalea ablaze with colour

Azaleas provide a wonderful show of colour during spring when they are at their peak.

The forgotten azalea puts on a stunning show in spring

We've a sweet idea for berry lovers

Now's the time to plant strawberries, so next time you fancy making cheesecake, pavlova or trifle you'll have these delicious berries at your fingertips.

Why not try your hand at growing your own delicious strawberries

You now need to walk to your destination: Google Maps fail

WE thought we were en-route to our destination until Google maps told us to stop and park the car because we would now need to walk through a paddock of cows.

Marvel-ous display still on at GOMA

SUPER: The Marvel exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art finishes on September 3.

See more than 500 objects from Marvel's comic books and films

A getaway that's not so far away

GET OUT THERE: According to the Gladstone Area Water Board, over two million barramundi have been released into the lake.

Within easy reach of Gladstone, serenity awaits.

Four reasons in one day to visit Melbourne

Flinders Street Station is a spectacular building near the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

The city is a joy to explore, even when time is short

Forget the facade in Tuscany

The search for the best outdoor cafes in Italy unearths a foodie's dream.

Cafe visit turns into a feast for the senses

Amazing video of whales lapping up the Cap Coast

FRIENDLY GIANTS: An amazing drone shot from Freedom Fast Cats crew member Anthony Vaughan of a pod of whales breaching near their boat.

Tourists stunned by friendly giants.

Major airline adds new direct flights for Sunshine Coast

PACK YOUR BAGS: Fresh flights are on offer over the festive season for the Sunshine Coast.

Airline delivers Christmas gift with new direct Coast flights

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy a slick, impressive effort

New Uncharted game for PS4 hits the shelves

Nicole's ready to bust out of Doctor Doctor's love triangle

Nicole da Silva stars in season two of Doctor Doctor.

New season gets a fresh injection of relationship dilemmas.

MOVIE REVIEW: Tom Cruise flying high again in drug drama

Tom Cruise plays pilot Barry Seal in the movie American Made.

FILM STAR delivers his best performance in some time.

The Project will now be on six nights a week

The Project presenters Waleed Aly, Carrie Bickmore and Peter Helliar.

The Project is expanding with a Sunday night edition and a new host.

Click your fingers, tap your toes

Helen Peters, Elisabeth Wallis-Gaedtke, Evalee Sharples and Kemal Avunduk rehearse for Fascinating Rhythm, Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir's performance of hot jazz, sizzling samba, Latin beats and smooth swing sounds at Lake Kawana Community Centre on August 26-27.

Libby to set beat for Fascinating Rhythm this weekend

Margot Robbie is unrecognisable in London

Margot, is that really you?

MARGOT Robbie looks completely unrecognisable as Queen Elizabeth I.

Game of Thrones: Season 7 finale predictions

Emilia Clarke in a scene from season 7 of Game of Thrones.

JON and Daenerys finally met. But what happens next?

Light on the horizon as retail giant rolls into town

Things are looking up for Gladstone businesses.

Dark hair dye, chemical straighteners linked to breast cancer

The study notes that further research into the area is needed.

Coast artist's niche, traditional 'hand carving' tattoo style

INK CULTURE: Artist Hori Kaz performs the traditional art of Japanese Tattoo, Tebori, at the Ink Attack Tattoo Convention.

Tebori means 'hand carving': this is what the tattoo looks like

WATCH: That awkward moment when they announced the wrong winner at the Cup

Sharon Mylrea, Emma Files, Carmen Marsten, Samantha Morgan, Ashduin and Carl Carter. Fashions on the Field winners with judges at the Gladstone Cup.

'BOO BOO': Gladstone Cup recreates legendary Oscars mistake.

Twins hit the runway in bid to break into modelling scene

Model casting for the Sunshine Coast International Fashion Festival at Rumba Resort.15 year old twins Nathan and Matthew Weir cool down in the pool after the casting.

Fashion first-timers caught off guard on the runway

Ready to deal with the sharks for her own skin

Bethany Spoor with her skincare range that she will showcase on Shark Tank in the hope of finding an investor.

There aren't many 13-year-olds who launch their own skincare ranges

Fabulous fashion turns the judges' heads at the Cup

CLASSY ACT: Sharon Mylrea, Emma Files, Carmen Marsten, Samantha Morgan, Ashduin and Carl Carter: Fashions on the Field winners and judges.

The winners of this years Fashions on the Field were announced.

EXPLAINED: What the 'Costco effect' means for Ipswich

An exclusive 'cult' where shoppers can buy a 10kg block of chocolate is about to change how Ipswich families do their grocery shopping.

Samsung set for bigger, beach friendly Note 8

Samsung will be going bigger than ever to launch its Note 8 after this year's launch of the S8.

Water, dust, now sand-resistant?

Woolworths, Coles, Aldi: Why it pays to check docket

Do you know about your supermarket's 'freebie policy'?

Huawei Watch 2: Don't throw away your phone just yet

The new Huawei Watch 2 with its SIM card holder

SIM-enabled watch gives you Knight Rider or Get Smart moment

Google Home Australian review: Is it worth the $199?

The Google Home device.

Google Home offers better value than Apple's coming product

Been shopping at Woolies? Check your bank account now

Woolworths has apologised for the error.

Woolworths has apologised for the error of double-billing customers

Pizza Hut handing out free pizzas from today

Pizza Hut lovers can grab a free Margherita this weekend.Source:Supplied

So around 10,000 pizzas across the country will be given away

Pisasale bailed, banned from talking to council staffers

That includes any past employees working at the council after January 1, 2011.

Toowoomba Hospital ED at risk of extra 7000 patients

Medical students who have experienced the rural lifestyle first-hand are more likely to move rural, than those who have stayed metropolitan.

Cuts to after hours GP Medicare rebates could force thousands to ED

After major crowding funding Paige is Chicago

IN THE RIGHT PLACE: Paige Humphreys seeing Chicago with her father Andrew Humphreys while she has testing for a month

"Our eternal love and gratitude to those who believed in us”

He's 93, has dementia and makes love with a sex worker

People with dementia can experience massive changes in their libidos.

Meet the escort who helps men with dementia enjoy sex

Shark Tank: Extreme diet business slammed

Be Fit Food co-founder Kate Save on Shark Tank. Source:Supplied

Ultra-low calorie meals concern rival dietitian

Dementia dog Zorro making a world of difference

Labrador Zorro is one of 10 dementia dogs in Australia. The pooch supports 59-year-old Loretta Baxter who has the disease.

Meet the pooch who make life better for a woman with dementia.

Winter weight loss: trainer loses 20kg, shares secrets

Personal trainer Tori Smith shed 20kg and has plenty of advice for people looking to lose some stubborn kilos.

Personal trainer reveals top tips for weight loss

High school suffers significant damage in attack on property

Tannum Sands State High School has fallen victim to vandalism possibly carried out by a student.

When the going gets tough

RELY ON RESILIENCE, NOT BUBBLE WRAP: It is crucial we build resilience in ourselves and the younger generations so we can deal with challenges and difficult times when they arise.

Do we have skills to cope when life gets hard?

Mum warns after son's close call with deadly sandwich

A piece of bone found in turkey breast bought at a Gympie supermarket.

'I made toasted sandwiches and next minute my son started choking'

Rocky woman's $3m will contested by daughter-in-law

Wood and brass judges gavel on a law book

99-year-old's will split estate between two of three sons

OPINION: Fussy eaters are dictators at the dining table

There are a number of ways parents can deal with children who will not eat their vegetables.

How to get fussy eaters scoffing down their vegies.

Having a second baby? Goodbye career

Having a second baby has led to discrimination for many women in the workplace.

How discrimination against working mums persists

'I'm in tears': Coles idea that could change how we shop

Melbourne mum Emily Dive has praised Coles for its Quiet Hour autism initiative.

“What a blessing for parents and their children to shop together.”

'Dehumanising' dates are killing Aussie romance

Outlook looks bleak for our dating scene

She 'met 50 men, had sex with about 30' on cheating site

sex generic

“What we offer isn’t necessarily infidelity ... "

‘She met 50 men, slept with 30 of them’

Dating website Ashley Madison has relaunched

Ashley Madison relaunches: ‘We’re just trying to help people'

Life-like sex dolls a ‘game changer’

DS Dolls have completed a prototype of a robotic sex doll head, with a complicated mechanical structure inside of the head, and very soft silicone skin.

The latest sex dolls are being touted as the most lifelike yet