Fast Track judges blown away by talent in Gladstone

DANCER Yasmine McGuiness stole the show, taking out the overall prize at tonight's Fast Track Talent Quest final.

'Bad reputation': Fishos slam Vietnamese cucumber poachers

BUSTED: Gladstone recreational fisherman Duncan Reilly spotted the two Vietnamese fishing vessels, believed to be used for illegally catching sea cucumbers, off our region's shore at the weekend.

Fishos call for tougher penalties to keep our water and stocks safe.

Stage is set for a good time at 2017's Harbour Festival

Remi Sayre performing at a past Gladstone Harbour Festival Talent Quest.

AN IMPRESSIVE lineup of entertainment is already coming together

'Focus and commitment': More Gold Anchors drop on marina

ON THE RISE: Gladstone Marina gone from a 3.5 to 4 rating under the international Gold Anchor scheme.

GLADSTONE Marina has boosted its international Gold Anchor rating

'Shock of his life': Mum's horror as son pricked by needle

Angela Moore and her son John Williams, 4, were horrified after he was pricked with a needle at a Barney Point parkland.

A boy was pricked by what nurses believe was a used needle.

New proposal to build more Gladstone homes revealed

Photos of Telina, Gladstone. December 01, 2016.

A second proposal to build new houses in Telina has been made.

Why it could get smoky and hazy in Gladstone today

An aerial image taken before LNG projects proceeded at Curtis Island. Photo: Australian Marine Conservation Society

It's heating up in Gladstone and it's about to get very smoky.

Tax changes would cost jobs, increase prices: Gas giants

Stability of the PRRT is needed for project and jobs creation, say Santos, Shell and Origin.

PRRT changes would harm industry, submissions say

The schools with Gladstone's naughtiest kids revealed

See how your son or daughter's school fared.

'Appalling': Driver 'sped' towards police during hwy chase

Allen Michael Franklin.

A MAN on parole led police on a 2km chase

Wife's black eye and swollen lip were 'self defence'

POLICE prosecutor: "He chose the worst option, which was to retaliate using excessive force."

Drug driver claims he smoked up days before

SCIENTIFIC evidence tells a different story, says magistrate.

Five horrific attacks inside Gladstone families

VICTIMS suffer horrific crimes at the hands of loved ones.

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?

Seven signs Australia facing 'Armageddon'

The Ask Izzy campaign aims to help charge the phones of homeless people

Govt warned it must cut tax loopholes and welfare handouts

'Ashamed': Gladstone's 'dirty little secret' revealed

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

GLADSTONE'S dirty little secret has been laid bare.

Popular CBD business leaves city shocked

NO MORE: Ketty and Simone Simonetto, the owners of Mamma Mia La Pizza Shop, will be closing their doors next Saturday.

SUDDEN, shock announcement catches Gladstone foodies off guard.

'Quality': Exciting new fresh food business opens its doors

Kelvin Young, Peter and Bev Costigan are proud to be opening the new Calliope Quality Meats.

NEW BUSINESS confident is has the goods to win over local shoppers.

Mystery as international plane lands in Gladstone

WHO COULD IT BE? This international privately-chartered plane landed at the Gladstone Airport at 10.15pm Thursday night, but it remains unknown as to who was on board. If you have any idea email newsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au.

Private international charter plane will remain a mystery

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

NO AMOUNT of legislation, no matter how sincere, will stop relationship violence.

'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

Bring back free milk at schools

drinking milk

As a kid in the '50s we were given a pint a day.

Miranda Divine: Sharia apologist's book tour a disgrace

Muslim activist's book tour is proof money means nothing to the govt

OPINION: Utility providers are killing small business

Service providers such as UnityWater are sending small businesses to the wall, says Tony Riddle, chairman of the Sunshine Coast branch of Regional Development Australia.

RDA chairman takes aim at bureaucrats

OPINION: Pauline Hanson, the 'fraud' emerges

Pauline Hanson

This week, Senator Hanson showed she's the worst kind of politician

UPDATE: 17-year-old boy killed in railway tragedy

Police investigate the scene at Bundaberg North.

Bundaberg police investigating death near train tracks

One dead after emergency situation in FNQ

Emergency situation yesterday has become a murder charge

Son comes to the rescue after boat crashes into rocks

Two people were taken to Proserpine Hospital after a boat sank off South Molle Island on Saturday night.

Boaties stranded after vessel sank, rescued by family member

Man risks his life to tap off his opel card despite fire

A bus fire has closed the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Would you risk your life to tap off?

VIDEO: Behind the scenes with our brave firies

Lennox Head Fire Station posted this photo early Friday afternoon.

VIDEO: Look to Sunday as blaze expands with dangerous conditions.

The new criminal class of Instagram thugs

Michael ‘Ruthless’ Davey was a fun loving gangster thug and bikie before his murder.

Say hello to the new thugs of Instagram

New figures show strength of regional news media

Great local digital media coverage has seen more people signing up to be subscribers.

News Regional Media now reaching 3.5 million each month

Pauline Hanson, Steve Dickson moved on from shops

"You were told you did not have permission to be here.'

Christensen leaves door open for Coalition walkout

Dawson MP George Christensen could walk away from the coalition but staying in the National Party.

What really happened with that letter

How most vulnerable were used to rort billions

Shonky trainers targeted poor and disabled in education rort

Nude Olympics etiquette explained

NUDE SHOCK: The Alexandria Bay nude beach carnival is being shifted south of the border.

Rules and the deal breaker which could see the event canned.

The website getting away with trafficking children

Backpage.com won't have the law on its side for long

Tesla driver sacrificed own car to rescue stranger's life

Tesla Model X

Tesla driver sacrificed his car to save a man who'd had a stroke

Turnbull meets English for transtasman leaders' meeting

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is in New Zealand on a one-day official visit.

Turnbull and English hit it off at meeting of Prime Ministers

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

Nude beach advocate says cops give him a raw deal

Herb Taylor has fronted court.

"Forrest Gump” memory slip to blame for licence blunder: court

No time to respond to job applicants? Google CEO does.

Girl, 7, delighted to get personal response from Google boss

Are backpackers taking food from the needy?

FED UP: Gavin Tronc is concerned that backpackers are misusing food services meant for the poor.

Tables of tourists line up for food at soup kitchen

SOAPBOX: How not to nail a heatwave hangover

NOT FUN: Cot building while hungover is not recommended. NB- This is not the cot I was building.

SOAPBOX: Add this to the list of things never to do hungover

REVEALED: What people want cremated with them

END OF THE LINE: Those working in a local crematorium reveal how differently each of us deals with the inevitable, death.

"We've had people who wanted to put a stubbie in with dad.''

'Rude' weather front seen approaching Toowoomba

The 'rude' storm front on its way to Toowoomba.

People were quick to see the hilarity of the image

Star Wars: The Last Jedi mystery already solved

A KEY mystery surrounding the title of episode eight in the Star Wars franchise has just been solved.

Kids' game "full of f**king paedophiles" according to dad

A mortified dad has expressed serious concerns over an online game

Lisa Marie Presley's ex caught with child pics: court

Lisa Marie Presley, at right, and her husband, Michael Lockwood back in 2010. FILE

Lisa Marie, 49, claimed she was left “sick to her stomach”

Robert Irwin introduces Jimmy Fallon to wild guests

Robert Irwin introduces Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon to a cuddly sloth.

ROBERT Irwin continues Steve's legacy.

PHOTOS: Music festival rocks Agnes on day one

Shaz Carlyle and Comet Pithers enjoying themselves at the festival.

Hundreds flocked to Agnes Water to soak up sun and blues tunes

How Stay at Home Mum blogger Jody Allen struck it big

Jody Allen and Walt Collins will co-host the Seven Network's Stay at Home Mum television series from April.

Jody Allen's star continues to rise at incredible speed

Director says he should have punched Ewan McGregor

Actor Ewan McGregor.

Director says he should have punched Ewan McGregor