Calliope kids team up with Rotary club

THEY might be small, but these kids have their sights sets on big things.

Diamond and Ruby Ladies: Gladstone Gymnastics Club celebrates 40 years

Amy Dew along with Odette Williams put the finishing touches to the room decorating for the function today.

Gladstone Gymnastics Club to celebrate 40th anniversary in style.

'Cut in half': Disappointment as Gladstone loses crucial town

CHANGES: What the Gladstone electorate could look like under the proposed changes.

MAJOR town that's just up the road to be cut out of our electorate.

Popular business man deeply regrets selling his name

Len Smith is now enjoying retirement after years of running the business.

WELL-KNOWN Gladstone man regrets selling his name with his business.

New boss leaves horror years, embattled project

Glen Lewis will start work as managing director for Realm Resources on March 6.

NEW BOSS of major mine looks forward to putting horror years in past

Excitement builds for massive, new Tannum village plan

TOUGH SLOG: Gladstone's much-loved seniors are being forced to re-locate, away from Gladstone.

PLAN to plonk new village on vacant block of land gains traction.

'A farce': Anger as Gladstone jobs program dropped

NOT HAPPY: Gidarjil Development Corporation director Kerry Blackman says missing out on funding is a "farce”.

HE'S NOW refusing to apply for future money, as a protest boycott.

WATCH: Child wrestles monster snake with bare hands

Oli Wardrope, 14 slid underneath the family car and pulled out a massive 2-metre long python.

HE WAS ready for school, then he saw this.

Tourists to flock to Gladstone for huge event

The Beach Arts Music (BAM) festival's November event had a large crowd.

TOURISTS from across Australia to flock to Gladstone for event.

'Absolute grub': Poo, toilet paper left at door of business

Poo at Gladstone Fish Market

A GLADSTONE business owner has never felt so disgusted in his life.

Owner finds Gladstone man living under home, police arrive

THE MAN will be forced to pay hundreds of dollars he doesn't have.

'Moment of weakness': Man has sex with underage girl at church group

A COURT heard the Gladstone man experienced "a moment of weakness” when he had sex with a 15-year-old girl.

Mum gave away his tools as punishment, then he broke the law

HE WENT on an extraordinary mission to get his tools back.

Split Adani FIFO workforce

A TURNAROUND in Gladstone could see FIFOs opt for home over Adani.

Uncertain future for Boyne Smelter workers, as more cells removed

Boyne Smelters Limited commissioned the opening of their new Carbon Bake Furnace, CBF4. Photo Christopher Chan / The Observer

JOB CUTS could be around the corner as the Smelter drops production

'Misjudged': Volatile gas industry hurts Gladstone investment

A worker takes in the view from the top of one of the huge APLNG tanks on Curtis Island. The gas being gathered in the Surat Basin will eventually make its way to Curtis Island for export. Photo Contributed

Origin Energy announces massive write downs, including on APLNG.

Energy company's massive $1b loss after Gladstone investment

TOUGH TIMES: Origin has written down the value of APLNG by more than $1 billion.

A COMPANY has lost more than $1 billion on its Gladstone investment.

Speculation mounting for sale of WICET to American buyers

An aerial photo of the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal.

Reports of WICET offers from two American companies.

'Job-creating': CSG-rich land offered to gas producers

The coal seam gas industry is a driving force behind the region's positive outlook.

CSG-rich land in Queensland offered to gas producers.

Gladstone's painful downturn a lesson in what can go 'horribly wrong'

HIGH COST: What's the real cost for cities chasing cashed up resource companies.

What's the true cost of chasing big bucks from big mining companies?

'Happy medium': How penalty rate cuts will affect Gladstone businesses

PAY CUTS: MIePLACE Nightclub owner Aodhan McCann says Sunday penalty rate cuts won't make much difference.

But another industry leaders says there aren't any "real winners”

Industry heavyweights rejected, business loses $200K job

COMING: Efficient batteries for storing the energy created by rooftop solar panels look like a game changer.

INDUSTRY heavyweights backed it, but a Brisbane-based company won.

Locals excited with huge project to create $1b for industry

The site of Rookwood Weir.

PROJECT worth hundreds of millions to create $1 billion of industry.

Gladstone's 20 cheapest properties on the market, all under $150K

DIRT CHEAP: 5/239 Sun Valley Rd, Kin Kora is selling for $140,000

PROPERTY sellers drop prices as houses and units sell for bargains.

YOUR SAY: Report delivers bad news for Gladstone shoppers

SPENDING DOWN: Gladstone residents are holding onto their money.

Inaugural NAB Customer Spending Behaviours report released.

'March madness': 700 tradies needed for immediate work

JOBS LIST: Finding it tough going in the jobs market? Here are a few jobs you can apply for today.

LOADS of mining and constructions jobs are up for grabs.

OPINION: Local woman's anger at 'jobs for the boys'

NOTHING new when it comes to for "jobs for the boys!"

COMMENT: Face it! Some men will always beat their wife

Domestic violence and assault is one are of law which the Murwillumbah Local Court deals with.

NO AMOUNT of legislation, no matter how sincere, will stop r

'Every time I think of this stupid father I feel sick'

Baby Paige

Letter: Why didn't the grandmother speak up for little Paige?

LETTER: Malcolm Turnbull must take stand on Trump

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Silence offers tacit approval to US's policy on immigrants, refugees

Clearing up “fake news” on every front

Discerning what is true or false

Honesty is actually linked to better health

What other option did Renshaw have?

Australia's Matt Renshaw bats during the first day of the first test cricket match against India in Pune, India, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017.

Unless you're willing to soil yourself in front of millions, shut up

Time to axe Sunday penalty rates?

Would more businesses open on Sunday if penalty rates were cut?

Give workers more hours and they will be better off.

Man, child seriously injured in Warrego Hwy crash

A person was taken to hospital via helicopter after a head on crash on the Warrego Hwy.

Multiple patients are being treated for injuries.

Cane farmer to be cut off from water supply

HIGH AND DRY: Walkers Point sugar cane farmer Norm Muller amongst his cane fields on Beaver Rock Rd.

"That's our income for this year," he said.

500 wi-fi hotspots to drive tourism under LNP election plan

PLAN: Shadow Minister for Tourism Jon Krause and Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen announce the LNP's wi-fi hotspot plan at WetSide Water Park, Hervey Bay.

The plan to install wi-fi hotspots will boost tourism.

She confronts her abuser after 50 years, forces a confession

SURVIVOR: Debbie McDonald was sexually abused by her stepfather almost 50 years ago.

"This is our little secret" he would tell her.

Drone spots shark sizing up surfers off Ballina

JUST when you thought it was safe to go back in the water...

Life changing cystic fibrosis drug to become free

Two-year-old Victoria Evans who has cystic fibrosis.

Two-year-old to benefit from drug access

Kids as young as eight sharing personal info online

SECURITY: What is your child really sharing on the internet? Last names, phone numbers and home address information online is leaving kids exposed.

Almost 60% of kids bypass rules to keep pre-teens off social media

Tradie sacked for sharing woman's sex toy photo on Facebook

The picture that started it all.

Tradie sacked for sex toy pic after owner spotted it online

Feet photo baffles the internet

How are her feet doing this?

Is Tony Abbott the answer to the rise of One Nation?

Former prime minister Tony Abbott at a Coalition joint partyroom meeting at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

If last night's pub test anything to go by Abbott is set to return

WATCH: Man unleashes racist tirade on woman in the street

The man swears several times during the encounter and asks Rahila why she won’t show her face.

This is the shocking moment a man unleashes on a Muslim woman

Woman asks people to GoFund her $10k trip around the world

The internet was quick to turn on Becca Gonski this week. Picture: GoFundMe

Woman has asks people to fund her $10k ‘spiritual journey’

Iraqi military claim major victory in battle to oust ISIS

Iraqi special forces soldiers move in formation in an alley on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. Heavy fighting erupted in the eastern neighborhoods of Mosul on Friday as Iraqi special forces launched an assault deeper into the urban areas of the city and swung round to attack Islamic State militants from a second entry point, to the northeast. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

Iraqi army capture airport in key operation against ISIS

CPAC 2017: Steve Bannon says President is maniacally focused

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon speaks at the 44th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, USA, 23 February 2017. US President Trump is expected to address the conference on 24 February.

Steve Bannon was finally invited to CPAC after years

History in making for electric bike rider

OTHER THAN having an eye on less fossil fuel emissions, motorbike rider Richard Kent had other reasons to go electric. Here's why.

Ultra athletes go the distance

Lindsay Warwick and Brett Stevens competed at the Ultra Marathon in the Blue Mountains

Two Gladstone runners sacrificed all to crack the ton

The Glen take their chances against Yaralla

David Heymer. - A grade cricket between Yaralla and The Glen. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer

The Glen's Christmas cricket feast

Enjoy Christmas without stretching your belt

Our top tips to keep your wellbeing in check this festive season

Man alive: Do we know what 'freedom' actually means?

We need freedom to be in control of ourselves

Why its important to wear a decent mouthguard

Wearing a mouthguard can prevent future dental health problems.

Volunteers play a big role while gaining skills

QUALITY TIME: Volunteers help others while also working on their own projects.

Volunteers play a big role while gaining skills

Mobility scooter causes mayhem on busy road

AN ELDERLY woman held up traffic on a busy Coast road, driving her mobility scooter down the centre lane.

Mobility scooter in middle lane causes traffic chaos

CASH COW: Not answering phone cost someone in Bay $90k

A Hervey Bay person has missed out on $90,0000.

Not answering their phone has cost someone in River Heads $90,000.

Desperate search for... teddy bear owner

Rufus the bear was left at a Toowoomba cafe and now a massive search is under way to find his owner.

She soon found out it was a special bear

Coast kids forced to hand back trophy

UNLUCKY: Maroochydore junior lifesavers have had to hand back their champions title after an error at the weekend's Queensland Youth Championships.

Admin error sees junior Coast lifesavers hand title over to rivals

Man became a quadriplegic after swallowing a chicken bone

Shane became a quadriplegic after he swallowed a chicken bone one night.

They said: ‘He’s not going to make it through the night’

The family dog that nearly died from ice overdose

Stewart Morrison with his dog, Nellie, who nearly died from a drug overdose.

Sunshine Coast vet warns drugs new threat for pets

Wonderland star hits the big time in America

HE MAY not be James Bond, but Bundaberg lad Michael Dorman has hit the big time in a lead on Amazon web series Patriot.

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

Reality TV show gives Maryborough a boost

*WARNING EMBARGOED until 9.15pm Monday January 30* Sean Hollands and Susan Rawlings pictured after their wedding on the TV series Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

Maryborough looks good on reality TV show.