Here's the good news from around Gladstone this week
Professor studies snow leopards for cues to climate change
PROFESSOR Owen Nevin is happy to travel between tropical Central Queensland and the icy mountains of Kazakhstan for his research on snow leopards.
But it's the effects of climate change on their conservation, and finding ways of achieving practical conservation, that forms a key focus of his work.
Calliope market delivers on quality straight from the farm
SEASONAL vegetables and meat grown locally will again be available at weekly farmers' markets that kick off for 2014 this Sunday at Cedar Galleries in Calliope.
Cedar Galleries' Angela Scheers is busily preparing the covered market space, which is nestled in a garden beside studios and workshops at the 150-year-old artisans' village.
Gladstone tastebuds keen to welcome two new businesses
FOOD options are expanding in Gladstone and surrounds, with two new eateries opening for business on Saturday.
McDonald's Calliope Travel Centre impressed its first customers and Yogurtland proved popular, judging by the long lines and crowded store.
Broncos spend two days on Curtis Island talking safety
BRISBANE Broncos favourites Sam Thaiday and Corey Parker swapped footy boots for steel caps last week during a visit to the GLNG site on Curtis Island.
Their visit was part of Bechtel's Safety League, which challenges employees to improve their safety performance and reduce injuries while at work.
Rotarians join forces to help build orphanage in Kenya
ROTARIANS from Gladstone and Bundaberg are joining forces to build an orphanage in Kenya.
The Umoja Children's Village-Ukunda was started by Bundaberg school teacher Cathy Booth, who decided after visiting Africa that she wanted to make a difference.
Life a little easier for girl in wheelchair thanks to help
THANKS to the kindness of a CQ Frames and Trusses employee, and Facebook, Joanne Mison will experience a little less back strain from now on.
Joanne's seven-year-old daughter Kassidy Ashworth has cerebral palsy so uses a wheelchair.
After posting on Facebook asking for advice in building a wheelchair ramp, Joanne received help from an unexpected quarter.
Toe-tapping tunes ring out at premier country music event
IT was a great weekend for music lovers in Gladstone, who were treated to quality performances for two days at a big music event for our region.
Between 200-300 people enjoyed country-style tunes, which rang throughout the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre during the Elders Gladstone Country Music Festival.
Businesses band together to create deck for homless shelter
BOARDS are in place and posts aligned - meaning a future deck for Gladstone Roseberry House residents is just around the corner.
The local home has been operating for almost 13 years, sheltering youth aged 16-25, and others who are experiencing homelessness.
Now local construction and maintenance company Projects Unlimited - along with CQ Frames and Trusses, Plumbing Unlimited and a local steel supplier (who does not wish to be named) have joined together to build a new deck for the residents to enjoy.
Volunteers scour oceans to ensure region's boaties are safe
SINCE 1971 Volunteer Marine Rescue Gladstone has provided assistance about 120 times to boat operators annually, as well as training for people new to boating in Gladstone.
Long-time VMRG member and radio operator Jim Purcell is known locally as the voice of the harbour.
Gladstone raises $5000 to help little boy battle leukemia
A BRAVE little boy is diagnosed with leukemia at 13 months of age and the heartbreaking diagnosis becomes a horrible reality for a Gladstone family.
Luckily, the support given to Kash Longmuir and his family of six has meant all the difference.
Older students to help first years settle in at CQUniversity
CQ University students gathered on Tuesday to workshop ways of helping newcomers settle in and do well in their studies, as the campus prepares for Orientation Week next week.
The students will "buddy up" with 2014 first years and help them learn the ropes.
Jimmy lifts charity's profile by walking around Australia
SOME may call him crazy, but Jimmy Harrington is walking around Australia to save lives.
After meeting a young girl named Emily who had been diagnosed with brain cancer Jimmy decided that he needed to make a difference.
Peppa Pig stage show is coming to Gladstone in June
PEPPA Pig is coming to Gladstone in June.
Originally from London's West End, Peppa Pig Live! Treasure Hunt has been seen by almost 85,000 Australians since it launched in October 2013.
Woman who provided years of support is farewelled
WITH a little apprehension, a twinge of sadness and a lot of excitement, Brenda Beauchamp was farewelled by her sisterhood at the Women's Health Centre on Wednesday.
After 17 years of providing invaluable support and friendship to the extraordinary network she has developed in Gladstone, Ms Beauchamp is relocating to Brisbane to pursue a career dream.
Footy stars spark dreams and teach life skills to students
NATIONAL Rugby League stars visited Gladstone State High, Tooloa State High School and Chanel College on Wednesday as part of a tour of central Queensland.
NRL's Michael Hancock was enthused by the students he met in Gladstone, who he said showed real leadership.
Record number of people start first steps into study
INSPIRED to give uni a go, a record number of people attended orientation day on Wednesday for a CQUniversity bridging course that will help them make the transition from parenting, small business and other areas to study.
New bus on the way for Bindaree Lodge due to QGC grant
BINDAREE Lodge residents and staff are delighted to have secured a grant to buy a new bus for residents.
The aged-care facility was successful in obtaining $50,000 from the QGC Sustainable Communities Fund.