Jealous? Riley has one of Gladstone's best jobs

Thanks to a local business owner, he gets to do what he loves.

Tesla drivers charging up at Miriam Vale

NO PROBLEM: CQ Tesla enthusiast Sylvia Wilson with 'Bluey', her Tesla S75.

The station was used eight times over the busy holiday period.

AUSTRALIA DAY: What's on across our region

READY: Ziggy Page, Nate Barker and Will Barker at the Tannum Sands Australia Day event in 2015.

Gladstone Region towns are getting ready to celebrate.

Gladstone Backpackers unveils its quirky new bar

FRIENDLY VIBES: Gladstone Backpackers owner Luke McClelland and event manager Callan Reah and Luke's dog Charlie at Charlie's Bar. Visit the Gladstone Backpackers Facebook page for information about upcoming events.

New option for a night out in the CBD.

Government seeks comment on reef proposals

VULNERABLE: Increased nutrient levels have been linked to outbreaks of crown of thorns starfish which can destroy corals.

You've got until February 19 to have your say.

They can now put on a barbecue just about anywhere

MEALS ON WHEELS: Members of the Boyne Tannum Rotary Club will no doubt be cooking up a storm soon on their new barbecue trailer.

Club just took receipt of their brand spanking new trailer barbie.

First day jitters for teacher and students

DAY ONE: Teacher Ella Rathmell is looking forward to getting to know her pupils this year.

New teacher takes on the new-to-school.

Builyan State School off to a new start for 2018

WELCOME BACK: Year 4 student, Vanessa Manley with best friend and year 5 student, Libby Hudson, are enrolled at Builyan State School as part of a cohort of 9 students.

Builyan State School welcomes students for 2018.

Teen walks free as two in jail over alleged brick bashing

Stock image.

Two of three teenagers allegedly involved have been refused bail

Man uses samurai sword in threat to kill woman

The father of three pleaded guilty to aggravated contravention of a domestic violence order.

NAME AND SHAME: Who was caught for drink driving this week

Three new people pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Gladstone Magistrates Court this week.

$1600 FINE: Magistrate shocked at insanely high reading

Robert Walter Johnson, 28, pleaded guilty to one charge of drink driving and one charge of obstructing a police officer in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Monday

Power station workers donate $4k to Oaky North protestors

GLADSTONE power station union members have raised thousands of dollars for the locked out workers at a Glencore-owned mine in north Queensland.

'Tenacious': BSL aims for game-changing turnaround

Boyne Smelters general manager operations Joe Rea announced job cuts due to increased power prices.

The company is exploring new ways to increase its capabilities.

GAS FLARING: Curtis Island air quality under the microscope

MONITORING: Results from laboratory testing of air quality samples taken during QGC's shutdown are expected to be released in coming months.

Government analysing samples taken during QGC shutdown.

Gladstone does heavy lifting in $46.7bn economic cash splash

Aerial view of the Cool Voyager LNG ship at the Santos GLNG project on Curtis Island, near Gladstone in Queensland, Australia.

Gladstone's big contribution to huge export year.

Conveyor catches fire at Gladstone Port terminal overnight

Aerial view of Clinton Coal Wharf, RG Tanna Terminal, Gladstone.

There was a fire at one of GPC's facilities last night.

Potential BSL buyer makes offer for huge Rio Tinto smelter

Aerials of Boyne Smelter Limited (BSL) from early 2013. Photo Contributed

GFG Alliance keen to buy Europe's biggest aluminium smelter.

Want a new career in industry? Here's your chance

Queensland Alumina Limited.

No industry experience is required...

Marine tourism boost with new licensing business

READY TO GO: Brad Smith has started a marine training and charter business.

eMarine Training Hire Charter launches in Gladstone.

$200k saving just the beginning for council shake up

Gladstone city council building August 19, 2015. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

New structure will lead to savings for community, mayor says.

Push for 'FastCat' Agnes tourist boat gains council support

1770reef Great Barrier Reef Eco Tours launched from 1770 to Lady Musgrave Island.

The bigger boat could boost tourism, deputy mayor says.

Hotspot's holiday rush short-lived for some businesses

ISLAND BECKONS: Bookings for  the Lady Musgrave tour on 1770 Reef's vessel Emelie were full most days during the holiday period.

The recent holiday rush was shorter than previous years.

Furious local’s viral spray at Adani activists

A generic image of a man shouting. Source: Thinkstock

Protesters were left “shaking” after a confrontation with a troll

Australia Day: 'Not all whities bad' says former alderman

Letter: In today's world I object to being labelled as a 'whitie' who needs to be put in my place just because I am white.

'It's offensive to think changing a date will change lives'

Australia day celebrations.

Oppostion Leader Deb Frecklington says other efforts are needed.

Tomic's actions won't endear him to his fans

POOR FORM: Letter writer Eloise Rowe says Bernard Tomic fails the sportsmanship test.

Eloise Rowe says Bernard Tomic fails the 'sportsmanship' test.

As an immigrant I ask: Where's the joy for Australia Day?

Australia Day flags

What has gone wrong since I arrived as an immigrant in 1972?

Trolled: I'm an experienced journo but this really rocked me

BULLIED TO DEATH: "Dolly" Amy Jayne Everett, who was the former face of Akubra Hats. Thousands have paid tribute to the former face of Akubra Hats, "Dolly" Amy Jayne Everett, who took her own life at just 14 after being bullied. Father Tick Everett used Facebook to describe his grief, saying his beloved daughter felt she had no other option to "escape the evil in this world".

How online trolls went after the Gympie Times editor

Teach kindness, compassion and see the end of bullying

Generic photo of a classroom.

Cultivate young minds beyond ABCs, and create kind, caring people

'Celebrate the country we are today'

John Shearer from the Aboriginal Men's Group doesn't want the date of Australia Day to change because he feels the past should be left in the past and we should focus on the present.

One man's quest to make Australia Day positive for everyone

Is this Queensland’s most expensive kitchen?

No expense was spared on this dream kitchen at 70 Malaga St, McDowall.

The owners have spared no expense

Car on roof after crash at roundabout

ROLLOVER: An elderly couple are being treated by paramedics are rolling their car down an embankment.

The crash happened just before 11.15am

Cruise went from joy to hell in 24 hours

Riley Adams was on a cruise with his family. Picture: Jason and Jodi Adams/GoFundMe

It all started with a headache

Police draw firearms to arrest men after pursuit and crash

Two men in custody after roadside arrests with weapons drawn.

Bee study up, up and away

Patsavee Utaippanon and Michael Holmes are researching where bees come from with genotype technology.

Scientists research bee colonies

Macaulay Culkin left Hollywood over 'physical, mental abuse'

Macaulay Culkin. Picture: Splash

FORMER child star Macaulay Culkin has opened up about the abuse

One truckie's battle for better rest stops

CAMPAIGNER: Road safety advocate Rod Hannifey is at the end of his tether.

Safe roads need real rest stops

Aussies taking desperate measures to stop car thieves

Local bollard retailer Sam Surace says thousands of Melburnians have had them installed. Source: Channel Seven.

“Twenty years ago, nobody even thought about it."

New Allen’s lolly on its way

Monica Tumelty with some of the new flavoured Allens lollies. Picture: Peter Wallis

AUSTRALIA has decided — and now there’s a new lolly in town.

The great avocado shortage of 2018

Bad news for brunch lovers as avocado supplies dwindle.

Australia has plunged into the Great Avocado Depression of 2018

premium_icon New book to reveal Donald Trump’s ‘defiance disorder’

United States President Donald Trump

“Once (he) committed to 140 characters, he wasn't going to back off.”

Teen films drunken crash on Snapchat

The teen was lucky to survive after she crashed while drunk and speeding down a country road, and filming the whole thing. Picture: Caters News Driver crashes while Snapchatting

A teenager who was drink driving accidentally filmed herself crashing

Empowering Trans people a 'slow slog'

Phylesha Brown-Acton, director of F'INE, is sick of transpeople being referred to as a medical liability.

How has life changed for Trans folk in the last ten years?

Hemsworth’s surprise appearance in Dundee reboot

Chris Hemsworth brings his star power to the Dundee reboot.

CHRIS Hemsworth is adding some star power to the latest Aussie reboot

Amazon's supermarket with no checkouts

The online retail giant can tell what people have purchased and automatically charges their Amazon account.

Some customers will never have to line up at a checkout again

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

Wardrobe malfunction while croc diving

John Rutherford was blissfully unaware of his wardrobe malfunction. Picture: Cameron de Jong

Visitors to Crocosaurus Cove have seen more than they bargained for

Been scammed? $586m in compensation now available

A US court case has opened the door to compensation for up to 3000 Australian scam victims

US court case opens door to compensation for thousands of Aussies

Snake catcher finds his photo in Australian 'porn' mag

A Coast snake catcher was shocked to see his own face in Australia's biggest pornographic magazine publication.

Coast man's shock as fan flags porn magazine article

Girl punches police after stealing incident at Coles

A girl allegedly punched police after demanding they release her friend, who was arrested for shoplifting.

It's alleged the juvenile had to be forced into the police van

GOTCHA: Residents have speeders in their sights

Ryan Brown is fed up with how fast trucks and cars are going through Ulmarra, so he has bought a speed gun to see how fast they are going.

Group purchase speed radar gun to gather proof of speeding

Why swearing is good for you

Swearing isn’t bad. In fact, it might even be helpful, and science is here to prove it.

Swearing isn’t bad, it might even be helpful, science is here to prove it

Netflix cops $48m Kevin Spacey hit

THE latest figures from Netflix have wowed the market as the streaming service smashed expectations, but there was one noticeable black eye in the earnings report.

Neil Diamond cancels shows after Parkinson's diagnosis

Neil Diamond in concert.

'It is with great disappointment that I announce my retirement.''

Test leaves US ace ‘wanting more’

Jordan Taylor takes the new Red Bull ZB Commodore for a spin.

Commodore test leaves US sportscar gun Jordan Taylor ‘wanting more’

Bay dancer moving to Paris to perform at Disneyland

LOCAL LEGEND: Dancer Lili Wellings is set to move to Paris in May.

Lili Wellings is living every young dancers dream.

How Oscars will avoid another catastrophe

Jordan Horowitz, producer of "La La Land," left, shows the envelope revealing "Moonlight" as the true winner of best picture at the Oscars in Los Angeles as presenter Warren Beatty and host Jimmy Kimmel, right, look on.

The winning envelope mixup will not be repeated as The Oscars undergo shake-up

Why Karl shouldn’t babysit your kids

Karl Stefanovic had an awkward moment with a baby on Today this morning.

THEY say you should never work with kids or animals on live TV

Friends movie trailer sparks fan frenzy

In a “new” mooted Friends movie trailer, Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and Monica (Courteney Cox) are still BFFs. Picture: YouTube

A trailer for a Friends film sees the gang struggling with middle age life