Here's the good news from around Gladstone this week
JUST in case you missed them, here are some of the positive stories that have featured in The Observer in the past week.
Live music making a comeback in the region
LIVE music is coming back to the city with the completion of the GECC and support of other venues. Acts like Birds of Tokyo are just the start of big things.
Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre (GECC) marketing manager Garry Hansen said it was great to see live music making a comeback, especially in Gladstone.
"From my perspective, we've seen some great nights happening at The Grand and BAM," he said.
And 2014 will see even bigger live music acts, especially with the completion of GECC.
Pedal power prevails in ride from Gladstone to Sydney
HAVING minimal cycling experience did not hinder Ryan Pickels from riding from Gladstone to Sydney.
The 22-year-old endeavoured to raise money for the Queensland Cancer Council following the death of a family friend from breast cancer.
"Everyone is willing to get on board and support me with this, because I think everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer," Mr Pickels said.
Plenty of true blue, green and gold fun this weekend
GRAB your Akubra and chuck another snag on the barbie. It's Australia Day this Sunday.
Across the region residents will be celebrating what it means to be an Aussie. And in Gladdy there is plenty on offer to commemorate our nation in the best possible ways.
Project gives the community skills to help prevent suicide
LAST year 50 Gladstone residents received training that provided the knowledge needed on effective ways to speak and intervene with someone who may be contemplating suicide.
Project We Care is an initiative by the Gladstone Port Curtis Rotary Club which started last year.
Director of special projects John Whitten said since 2011 the not-for-profit organisation had planned the training program.
"We've got more people wanting to be trained than spots that are available, which is great," he said.
Boulder rescue begins as $50k deposit is lodged with administrators
THE community proposal to rescue Boulder Steel was lodged with administrators on Friday, bringing the rescue group one step closer to its first milestone of gaining control of the company.
The initial hurdle, a target of $50,000, was successfully raised and lodged with the proposal.
Fishers pay rumours no heed by catching big barra at Awoonga
TALK of little to no fish in Lake Awoonga didn't stop the Barra and Basstasstic Bush Bash Boynedale Camp Barra Tournament from going ahead as scheduled on the weekend.
And anglers were out to prove that the barra in the lake were available for the taking.
Where competitor numbers were scarce, the length of barra certainly made up for things over the weekend competition, which started at 6pm on Friday.
Couple weds in joyous ceremony after 34 years together
AFTER 34 years, Dave Willis and Corinne Walker finally said those two endearing words of commitment and love - I do.
The couple tied the knot on Saturday, December 7, at their daughter Amanda's home in Gladstone before heading to their own home for the reception.
SUNfest wraps up for another year with impressive showcase
THE SUNfest showcase was a cracker of a night as kids around the region impressed the audience with their skills at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre.
The Hot Shoe Flash Mob got the night started when they wowed the crowd with their dance talent, which they learnt over two days.
Gladstone second-best in nation for tapping into the sun
GLADSTONE is the second-best solar city in Australia, with 26% of its residents having solar power.
Energy Matters, a solar energy company, has ranked Australia's cities and towns that give the best return on a solar system investment.
Townsville came in first, closely followed by Gladstone, Brisbane and Mackay.
Popular Gladstone store branches out to Rockhampton
PAPER Heart, Pink Stitch and Lumier are just some of the fresh fashion brands Rockhampton shoppers will be seeing next month when Gladstone's Divine Avenue Clothing opens in the city.
The popular Gladstone store is opening at a second location, which will be in Rockhampton's Allenstown Square.
Nuellie de Fleur brings boutique experience to Goondoon St
GLADSTONE will be walking down the aisle in boutique style, thanks to a new retail outlet opening on 89 Goondoon St.
The Nuellie de Fleur Floral, Bridal and Giftware Emporium is set to open around Valentine's Day next month.
Competition a chance to beef up your BBQ this Australia Day
THERE is still a chance to win a new Weber Q100 in time for Australia Day by entering The Observer's Great Aussie BBQ competition.
But hurry - readers only have until midday Friday to collect two tokens from The Observer and enter them in the draw.