SQUAWKING MAD: Blow up over two birds and a spoodle

THE personality-packed duo of a green-cheeked conure and a galah was enough to send a Tannum Sands home owner squawking mad.

Acting CFO not losing any sleep over council deficit

STEPPING IN: Planning and Environment director Leisa Dowling in 2012 (file photo).

Nothing in the books to prompt alarm.

Grain group's chief executive inspects Gladstone's port

GrainCorp chief executive Mark Palmquist visited Gladstone recently and toured the Gladstone Port.

GrainCorp inspects Gladstone Port ahead of new development in CQ.

Gladstone teen wins tap improvisation in eisteddfod

TALENTED: Emily Wright (right) won the Interpretive Tap 15 years and over, pictured with her instructor Kyra-Lee Bonnici.

Gladstone dancer is a winner in this year's eisteddfod.

'World demand will increase': GPC defends coal longevity

The Gladstone Ports Corporation has recorded a record amount of tonnages for the 2015-16 year.

The future of coal is bright according to GPC.

Left by the roadside: Council votes down coffee van

DISBELIEF: Cafe Casa owner Peter Dixon will remain restricted to running his business from private car parks.

Councillors concerned about proximity to nearby coffee shops.

CQU turns on Government's higher education reforms

NOT IMPRESSED: CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Scott Bowman (left) with Chancellor John Abbott in 2016.

Vice-Chancellor says cuts will adversely impact Gladstone students.

'Future is bleak': Young Gladstone man likely to lose 2 jobs

FILE PHOTO: Gladstone man drives car while drunk on Glenlyon Rd.

HE was fired from one job, and could lose another.

Popular apprentice program searching for Gladstone applicants

WELCOMING NEWCOMERS:Councillor Kahn Goodluck with QAL's apprentice of the year award winners Joshua Bishop and Peter Ogilvie and QAL General Manager Mike Dunstan.

Huge alumina refinery searching for new apprentices.

Young boy rushed to Gladstone Hospital after snake bite

File photo.

Male child in a stable condition after snake bite scare.

'Embarrassed' Gladstone man loses pay day in pokie machine gamble

HOPING for the big, million-dollar payout, he continued to feed his hard-earned cash to the pokie machine while enjoying a few beers at the pub after work.

'Woman of his dreams': Lawyer says love reason for 4000 texts

A man has faced court for sending 4000 messages to his partner, which his lawyer said was driven from 'being in love'.

'I'm a regular': Woman abuses staff, runs away with booze

A Gladstone bottle shop staff member came off second best in a struggle over stolen goods with a drunken customer.

HOW IT UNFOLDED: Deadlock broken at power station

A TEN-month battle has ended for Gladstone Power Station workers and management.

'This way idiots': Rage in plea for Gladstone's inland rail

QR National has welcomed the doubling of penalties for people who ignore level crossing signals and damage boom gates and rail bridges.Photo Contributed by QR National

MP calls for inland rail to extend to Gladstone.

Year ban for bulk carrier which underpaid crew more than $21k

Aerial view of the Gladstone Harbour.Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer

Bulk carrier caught out while in Gladstone.

Rumours mining giant circling our aluminium sites

Aerial View of Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) Gladstone.

Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer

Does Rio Tinto have a buyer for its aluminium assets?

Iconic Gladstone construction company bought for $85m

Golding Contractors is now owned by a Perth company.

Council adopts $454m road overhaul blueprint

Better road train access is on the cards with $454 million upgrades proposed.

The grand plan to increasing access to the Gladstone Port.

Search starts to find Council's 2018 Australia Day Award nominees

Gladstone Regional Council hosted their Australia Day Awards Ceremony honouring local citizens and their community efforts. Photo Christopher Chan/The Observer

Do you know a local person or group that should be recognised?

Northern Oil's first GAGAL trainee is on the rise

VALUED: Tony Larsen and Louwrens Nolke at Northern Oil.

The first GAGAL trainee at Northern Oil is progressing fast.

Renowned marketing strategist to land in Gladstone

OPPORTUNITY: Marketing adviser Damian Morgan will present his Future or Marketing Workshop at the Gladstone Events Centre in October.

The Future or Marketing Workshop will be presented on October 23-24.

Nothing over $20: Inside Gladstone region's new cafe

Boyne Island's bakery Bakin' BITS has expanded by opening a café.

Bakin' BITS opens cafe focused on giving a cheaper option to eat out

OPEN TODAY: New business opens doors in time for holidays

Rikki Tea is opening a new business where Lifestyle Church Sunvalley was. It will include a massive inflatable centre for kids.

Tigger's Bounce will be open for the kids from this Monday

Best in Business Awards help business's exposure

BUSINESS OF CHOICE: Awarded businessman Rex Silver with staff Ashleigh Richardson and Michael Young.

Get in now to enter our Best in Business Awards

LETTERS: YES campaign becoming more militant

YOUR SAY: THE campaign for same sex marriage is now in full swing.

Where are we heading as a nation?

colourful reflection of Canberra's new parliament building in a fontain pond at sunset.

Things are moving fast

Time for government to tax fat and sugar

Hot box goodies. Photo: Claudia Baxter

People are choosing to consume junk food because it is cheaper.

Tell me please what would a burqa not be able to hide?

Elzahed’s husband was jailed for recruiting terrorist fighters. Picture: News CorpSource:News Corp Australia

Burqa provides wonderful cover for someone with evil intent

Why saying 'let's see the SSM legislation' is just dumb

All you really need to know about the same-sex marriage legislation

Priest: Why Christians ought to support same-sex marriage

Father Dave Smith is an Anglican Priest and professional boxer.Source:News Limited

Why did opposition to same-sex marriage have to bring us together?

Pastor explains why he wants you to vote no

VOTE NO: Pastor Brian Robertson is leading the no campaign against same-sex marriage.

The man behind the flyers speaks out

Repeat offender's crime spree nets Porsche, Audi and a flute

IN COURT: Harley Lee Scrivener pleaded guilty to a string of property offences.

Crim out of jail less than two months before going on a crime spree

Man allegedly caught with 1kg of ice facing more charges

CHARGED: Cameron Christopher Dowd, 28, was allegedly caught with about a kilogram of the drug ice and $13,90 cash during a police raid.

Allegedly busted with nearly a kilo of ice in a police raid

Cashless welfare cards for Hervey Bay and Bundaberg to stop 'addicts'

Bundaberg is one of the welfare hotspots to receive the cashless card.

It will be the first time the cashless card is used in major urban areas.

Man charged over 'horrific' rapes of kids fostered by his family

The abuse was alleged to have been going on for two years.

Locals rally after death of homeless man in church grounds

The death of a homeless man has sparked a huge reaction on the Sunshine Coast.

Hundreds affected by the tragic news of 31-year-old dad's death

Latham strikes at Yunupingu

Former Labor leader Mark Latham has caused outrage with an offensive tweet about the state memorial service for late Aussie music legend Dr G Yunupingu.

His tweet indicated he had never heard of the triple platinum muso

Qld woman dead in Bali scooter crash

Sophia Martini has died after crashing a scooter in Bali.Source:Facebook

Australian woman Sophia Martini dies in scooter crash in Bali

Strengthened Hurricane Maria causing havoc

British marines distribute aid on the British Virgin Islands as Maria approaches.

Hurricane Maria heads for direct hit on US territory of Puerto Rico

Truth about Safe Schools leaftlet

A leaflet on schools distributed by the Coalition for Marriage.Source:Supplied

Myths around Safe Schools and same-sex marriages debunked

Aldi worker's act of kindness rescues grandfather

An Aldi worker has helped a 75-year-old grandfather work out how to use his new iPhone.

Telstra forced to apologise after giving 75-year-old little help.

New $10 note fails on first day

The new ten dollar note.Source:News Corp Australia

New $10 note rejected at supermarkets, vending machines

You don’t want this on your boarding pass

Boarding pass SSSS. Pic: Twitter

What ‘SSSS’ means on your boarding pass

Man tries to BBQ deadly snake, gets bitten in the face

Australia Zoo has added venomous exotic snakes to its collection, including this pair of eastern diamondback rattlesnakes.

He grabbed the venomous snake to show off to his friends

MEXICO HORROR: 138 dead as nation reels from deadly quake

A man walks out of the door frame of a building that collapsed after an earthquake, in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City,

At least 138 people have been reported dead after earthquake hit Mexico.

Family begs runner to stop pooing on their lawn

This grainy photo shows the poo runner making her getaway. Picture: KKTVSource:Supplied

Her kids first notified her of the runner's crappy habit

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

Alleged Beerwah arsonist to face court

Pair set fire to store to claim insurance, police will allege

Fine for busker with dangerous item in case

A busker was fined after police found something potentially dangerous in his guitar case.

Busker fined after police found something unusual in guitar case

SPIDER INVASION: 'This is the thing nightmares are made of.'

The spider web covering a huge patch of Pialba backyard.

Hate spiders? This story definitely won't change that.

Family fumes after $250 fee to register 'dead' cat

REUNITED: Todd and Danielle Porteous thought their cat, Storm, was dead after going missing 3.5 years ago. They even made a memorial for him for their young son, Zephia.

Coast woman angry after copping fee for 'dead' cat

Dog squad finds man in cockpit after breaking into airport

The Sunshine Coast Airport.

It was the second time he'd broken in that night

BIG SWEATY MESS: The Bachelorette descends into chaos

SOPHIE Monk’s quest for love on The Bachelorette turns into a sweaty mess — filled with ego clashes, atomic front-wedgies and nudie runs.

Lights, camera, romance: falling in love on reality TV

The Bachelorette Sophie Monk.

Sophie Monk says she really has found ‘the one’.

Mistake text message sealed Mackay couple's fate

NEWLYWEDS: Rebecca and Steven Johnston on their wedding day last Saturday.

Primary school teacher was trying to text a friend

Kylie Minogue’s back on the scene for Kingsman sequel

Australian singer and actress Kylie Minogue poses during the world premiere of the movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle in Leicester square in London.

AUSSIE pop princess makes a triumphant return to the red carpet.

Phillippe ‘bashed lover in drug bender’

Actor Ryan Phillippe is being sued by his ex-girlfriend.

Ryan Phillippe is being sued after an alleged drug-fuelled rampage.

First Dates cringefest: 'Some girls can't handle it, y'know?'

Abbie suffers through an excruciating date with James on First Dates.

ONE woman has been set up with a guy who has never been on a date.

Bachelorette: The wacky line-up of men waiting for Sophie Monk

Here are the 18 suitors swooning for Sophie Monk.