Power station push: "I love coal, I drink rum and coal"

Those are Gladstone Region deputy mayor, Chris Trevor's words as he prepares to fight for a clean, coal-fired power station for Gladstone.

'Not holding my breath': Local not assured by mobile news

Generic picture of mobile phone tower. 4G tower, mobile black spots on October 7.

Optus is building a new mobile site at Boyne.

Charming west Gladstone Queenslander with local history for sale

BEAUTIFUL: This unique Queenslander at 44 Charles St is for sale in Gladstone.

IF YOU want to invest in local history, this house is for you.

CHARITY THIEVES: Donated items stolen from local garage sale

DISAPPOINTED: Robyn Moody president of Blue Care Auxiliary with some of the items for sale at their regular garage sales.

Thieves stoop to stealing from charity.

'Energy poverty': Desperate calls for reliable, stable power

Energy group calls for more stable, reliable power.

'Wasn't expecting it': Gladstone teen apprentice's huge surprise

TOP TEEN: Gladstone Area Group Apprentices Limited apprentice Joel Calis being presented the Col Brown Memorial award by CEO Leigh Zimmerlie.

Joel Calis was awarded the prestigious Col Brown Memorial Award.

12yo girl taken to hospital after car vs bike incident

A 12-year-old cyclist and a car were involved in an accident around 3.20pm on Toolooa St today.

Emergency services rush to the scene of a car crash.

GO TAKE A LOOK: Whale spotted off Barney Point

An image obtained Tuesday, May 23, 2017, of the first official humpback whale sighting off the Gold Coast for this year's annual whale-watching season. Experts are predicting a bumper season this year with humpback numbers returning to pre-whaling conditions. (AAP Images/ Ruby Communications) NO ARCHIVING

Got a spare moment? See if you can spot the whale at Barney Point.

BREAKING: Police release CCTV footage 31 days after man vanishes

MISSING: Gladstone man Leslie Shulze, 69.

Leslie Shulze, 69, is still missing. Now police release new footage.

We're not being honest when it comes to our weight

OBESE: Most people are not being honest about their own health.

Queenslanders are telling themselves porky pies about their weight

Man convicted after urinating on, destroying police property

He left a trail of his own spit behind him as officers dragged him to a cell.

Drunk driver's near miss with pedestrians, power pole on Goondoon St

He lost control of his car along the main street, mounted the gutter, narrowly missed another vehicle, drove up onto the pedestrian path...

Men armed with axe, taser, allegedly 'storm' home

One of the men leaned over the victim, holding the axe ... It will be alleged the man repeatedly brought down the weapon on the victim's body.

The man with the ban hits back at troubled gas industry

THE senator who has the final say on banning international exports from Gladstone's LNG sites has hit back at criticisms he's hurting future investment.

'Full of lies': Accountant unleashes at ATO, Bechtel

An aerial view of the three LNG projects on Curtis Island all with ships at their jetties. Santos GLNG in the foreground, Queensland Curtis LNG in the middle and Australia Pacific LNG in the background. The first of two GLNG production trains was handed over to the customer, Santos, in October 2015. The GLNG project is one of three plants built by Bechtel on Curtis Island, near Gladstone in Queensland, Australia. The projects, QCLNG, GLNG and Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) will have a capacity to produce 25 million tonnes of LNG per annum when complete in 2016.

Accounting firm responds to Bechtel and ATO saga.

Curtis Island worker's tax claims challenge rejected

CASE REJECTED: The ATO advised Bechtel employees to resubmit their tax.

Tribunal hands down decision on Bechtel ATO dispute.

Gladstone Ports' $100m pain over dredging class action

NOT PRETTY: An example of red spot disovered on a sick bream found in the Gladstone region.

200 court claims against dredging operation.

'Selling out': Big coal call for Gladstone gets support

Resources Minister, Matt Canavan supports Queensland's coal industry

Politicians draw battlelines over coal developments.

Tips to apply for huge Gladstone apprenticeship program

NEW INTAKE: Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk met with the Gladstone Ports Corporation's 2017 apprentices earlier this year.

Tips for GPC's 2018 apprentice and trainee program.

Speculation rising over potential BSL, QAL and Yarwun sale

The Rio Tinto-owned Boyne Smelter Limited.

Media reports potential buyers for aluminium assets.

Session offers info on $42 million project

Gladstone hospital January 19, 2017

GLADSTONE contractors given valuable advice about hospital project.

Potential buyers vying for $300k 4WD lovers business

FOR SALE: Owners of Gladstone Auto Parts and 4WD Jim and Robyn Steedman say they've found potential buyers.

Four potential buyers for long-time Gladstone business.

DISGUSTED: Charity's letter to Garage Sale Day thief

Letter shares disgust after thief steals from a local charity's monthly garage sale.

Freedom lost: soon we won't be able to smoke in cars

LETTER: Soon we won't be able to smoke in cars or stick our arm out the window.

Our freedoms are being taken away: Kandanga letter writer

Everyone wants the best of everything these days

 Beauty entrepreneur Jellaine Dee, millionaire businessman Tim Guest, Sydney model and socialite Christian Wilkins, third-generation pub baron Stu Laundy and daughter of boxing champion Kayla Fenech gave up their comfortable lifestyles for 10 days to experience what it is like to be homeless for the SBS three-part documentary series Filthy Rich and Homeless.

Watching the SBS show, Filthy Rich and Homeless, moved me to tears.

Why I'm grateful mum started us at school a year later

I was so ready for my first day of grade one.

'Do you really want to go to uni? Consider your options'

People should think 3 times before they enrol and consider options

ICON CLOSING: Sorry Alvey, I took you for granted

SAD DAY: Bruce Alvey from Alvey Reels has announced the business will close.

Ipswich company's closure a sign of the times

Man allegedly used samurai sword in brutal attack

Police question and arrest a man after he allegedly was carrying a sword threatening people.

Man allegedly attacked Earlville man with a katana

Ice trafficker's world comes crashing down

Leigh Raymond Hepner

One the surface ice trafficker Leigh Raymond Hepner sounded like a high roller.

Thieves costing livid Lloyd $1000 a day

Thieves have devastated Lloyd Miller’s excavation business. Picture: GLENN HAMPSON

Vandals destroyed his digger and broke the bucket on his Bobcat

$255m ice bust: Three Aussies, one plane, serious charges

AFP officers investigate the case in conjunction with American counterparts.

The ice was for destined for Australian addicts, police say.

Worker 'hit by drunk driver' as car ploughs into crew

The scene on Wisemans Ferry Rd, Cattai last night. Picture: Damian Hoffman

The force of the collision trapped the driver inside his Hilux

Sex robot's 'frigid' setting encourages simulated rape

Douglas Hines, founder of True Companion, poses with a life-size rubber doll named Roxxxy during the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010.

It's easy to write sex robots off as just creepy and niche

'She wanted it': Sex assault victim taken against her will

SENTENCED: Rodrigo Figueiredo Braga, 38, was convicted of sexually assaulting a 21-year-old woman at O'Malley's Irish Bar, Mooloolaba.

'He thought she wanted it by the look in her eyes'

'Whistleblower' cop's charges not pushed by boss: police

Suspended police office Rick Flori wants a permanent stay on misconduct charges.

The whistleblower said it was an 'abuse of process'

ABC's top 20 presenters earn more than $225,000 each

ABC's 7.30 host Leigh Sales

The ABC was grilled about what it paid its staff

Muslim Australian beauty queen targeted

She said life is too short for negativity.

Esma Voloder hits back at nasty comments about her pageant win

Elite girls’ school in poo stand-off

The first half of the note where a student admits defecating on school grounds.

Girl's note explains why she's defecating on school property

Nurse in $17K Centrelink fraud while earning $107K

GUILTY PLEAS: Nurse Suzanne Filmer, 54, outside court yesterday.

Five years later she's only repaid $321

Justine Damond: Killer cop ‘didn’t respect women’

Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau.

Police Chief Janee Harteau has finally broken her silence

Chester Bennington’s tragic Chris Cornell connection

Bennington sings at Chris Cornell’s funeral on May 26 in Los Angeles. Picture: AP

Bennington reportedly godfather of one of Cornell’s three children

Singer dies on stage during concert

French singer Barbara Weldens may have been electrocuted.

Up-and-coming French singer may have been electrocuted

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

Holy schnit: This steak's the size of a small child

WHAT A STEAK: Sarah Atkins was amazed to see the Pinnacle Pub crumbed steak was bigger than one of her four-month-old twin daughters, Jorja.

It's not every day you get served a steak as big as a baby

LOW BLOW: Crippled man forced to 'sell car to survive'

Rockhampton man Roy Lucas can't work.

Rocky man takes aim at tax office after taking massive financial hit

Aviation experts at loss over apparent UFO

The mysterious object photographed off Sydney's northern beaches. Picture: Gus Medero

Mystery surrounds UFO spotted on Sydney’s northern beaches

Naughty and nude: Pre-school book shocks parents

BOOK TIME: A Sunshine Coast parent has been left reeling after coming across nude pictures in his son's school book.

Have you read this book to your kids?

Breastmilk brownies at school

You’ll never look at chocolate brownies the same way again.

Facebook post raises curious questions about what's in school cakes

REVEALED: What sharks are being caught off our beaches

Dozens of sharks are being caught in control nets and drumlines along the Great Barrier Reef each month

Tiger sharks are still the most common species caught

OJ Simpson loses cool as he begs to go free

OJ SIMPSON has been allowed to go free from jail, despite his parole hearing turning tense when he took exception to a line of questioning.

Lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, dies age 41

Coroner spokesman Brian Elias says they are investigating Bennington's death as an apparent suicide but no additional details are available.

Chester Bennington's body was found in LA at 9am local time.

Tamara's bittersweet MasterChef exit (take two)

Mackay's Tamara Graffen has already gained valuable work experience since her elimination from MasterChef.

MACKAY cook's heartwarming send-off from finals week.

Why Sleeping Duck turned down a $500,000 offer on Shark Tank

Sleeping Duck founders Selvam Sinnappan, left, and Winston Wijeyeratne.Source:Supplied

Melbourne university mates turn down hug Shark Tank ffer

Lisa Wilkinson portrait wins Packer Room Prize

A portrait of Lisa Wilkinson by artist Peter Smeeth has taken out this year's Packer Room Prize.

"The winning of this award is 99 per cent due to Lisa."

Ninja Warrior: What it takes to win it

Isaac Caldiero assesses Mount Midoriyama during Season 7 of American Ninja Warrior.Source:Supplied

Only six people have managed to successfully complete the course

Game of Thrones creators slammed for new show

Emilia Clarke returns as Daenerys Targaryen in the seventh season of Game of Thrones, which premieres only on Foxtel on July 17.

The show's creators have already been lined up to make the new show