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.
Judy Young named Gladstone region's Citizen of the Year
A STRONG advocate in establishing community-based disability services, Judith Young has been named Gladstone Regional Council's 2014 Australia Day Citizen of the Year.
The winners of all eight awards were named at the council's Australia Day Awards Presentation Evening at the Gladstone Convention Centre on Saturday evening.
Gladstone region Mayor Gail Sellers said Mrs Young was highly deserving of the prestigious accolade.
Impressive installation has Gladstone talking
AN impressive installation on the new Oaks Grand building on Roseberry St has the town talking.
The artwork, which displays an impression of Gladstone's history, recognises the significant changes of the region.
High school students awarded grants from the RSL
THREE Gladstone students have been awarded grants from the RSL Queensland Youth Development Program in recognition of their commitment to sporting, community and academic pursuits.
Kane Langdon and Joshua Liaw were given grants to pursue interests in science, while Mackenzie Plath plans to use the money to develop his computer programming skills.
BMXers ride a wave of generosity
WHEN Harbour City BMX's track disintegrated during last January's floods, the club's $10,000-a-year budget for track maintenance looked to be spent for years to come.
But Chris Dunphy was inundated with offers of help to return the track to a rideable state.
A year on the track is back at its best, riders happy and the club satisfied with the outcome, after countless hours, large donations and a positive attitude building back what the water stole.
Gladstone locals return to region for lifestyle and family
GLADSTONITES are coming home, according to a recent study conducted by the Regional Australia Institute.
Despite reports last week telling us a percentage of people in Gladstone couldn't wait to leave, this study showed that while people in their late teens and early 20s were more likely to move to the big smoke, people aged 25-44 were finding their way home.
Between 2010-2011, more than 37,000 people moved from Brisbane to regional Queensland, with the largest group moving to Central Queensland.
Relief for Australia Day revellers as rain comes and goes
THE rain came and went nice and early on Sunday morning so everyone could enjoy their Australia Day activities throughout the region, but people were still calling Gladstone "the windy city" with hats and skirts being clutched all day.
From tractors at Turkey Beach to breakfast in the Boyne, people were out and about with good reason to celebrate.
It's off with her hair as Beth gets set for fundraiser
FOR the past three years, Beth Watts has not given her now very long and luscious locks a good chop with the scissors.
But in March it will be the shortest it has ever been when she takes part in the World's Greatest Shave.
Chance for local artists to shine as Sam puts on a show
SAM Thompson hopes to one day have his name up in lights. But before he achieves that, he must complete his Up In Lights cabaret show in Gladstone.
While on holidays from uni, he has been busy organising a stellar show for the Gladstone region, where he will be joined by other brilliant local performers.
Amateur boxers relax for gala presentation night
IT'S a tight club which has a serious focus most of the time. But Gladstone Amateur Boxing Club's presentation night was far from the usual intense activities inside the gym.
A relaxed affair to acknowledge the hard work of boxers and volunteers alike, the evening included a few awards for deserving recipients.
New businesses revitalise Miriam Vale community
WHILE residents in Miriam Vale are struggling to get by without a local doctor or a grocery store, the town in slowly being invested in with a chemist that is going strong, new pub owners and a further commitment to stay from the town's only financial institution.
Valley's mobile hopes up with feasibility study in motion
RESIDENTS of Boyne Valley are a step closer to having mobile phone coverage with a feasibility study into a new communications tower about to begin in coming weeks.
President of the Calliope Rodeo Association William Wilson signed the forms on Monday that will set the feasibility study in motion.
Butter factory in Barney Point marks 110th anniversary
ONE of the oldest buildings still standing in Gladstone marks its 110th anniversary this year.
Work on the Port Curtis Co-operative Dairy Association building started at Barney Point in 1904, before it began operations in 1906.
Gladstone teen wins best actress gong in NZ film awards
STARRING alongside Hugh Laurie in a feature film is a dream for all of us, and a reality for just one Gladstone teenager.
Xzannjah Matsi was living in her native Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, when casting agents began the call out to fill the role of Matilda for the acclaimed film, Mr Pip.
The Gladstone State High School student has since embarked on a remarkable journey, culminating with the announcement she had won Best Actress at the 2013 Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards.
Entertainment centre facilities in the spotlight at open day
MORE than 800 people attended Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre's Open Day on the Australia Day holiday on Monday.
Guided tours showed off the GECC's multiple conference rooms, $1.5 million commercial kitchen, its refurbished theatre including green room and other backstage facilities, such as a laundry for cleaning costumes.
Ice skating in Gladstone continues during Winter Olympics
ICE skating at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre marquee will continue until February 24 to celebrate the Winter Olympics.
The Winter Magic Ice Skating rink had originally been scheduled to close on Sunday, after giving Gladstone residents and visitors a cool place to be over summer.
Over 50 residents become citizens on Australia Day
FIFTY-FIVE new Australian residents were sworn in at a public ceremony at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre on the eve of Australia Day.
The residents from throughout the region chose to be a part of the council's annual special citizenship ceremony, held in conjunction with the Australia Day Awards, on Saturday night.
Father Redmond returns to work in a changed Gladstone
THIS week we welcome Father Kevin Redmond back to Gladstone.
His first appointment with the Catholic Church was at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in 2005.
After a few years in a western suburbs parish in Melbourne, and an opportunity to teach in Sydney, the 39-year-old returns to a changed town.
Grounds ring with joyful sounds as schools go back
SCHOOL playgrounds were again ringing with chatter and laughter on Tuesday as Gladstone's children returned for a new year of learning.
Continuing in the local tradition of loving an active lifestyle, kids at Gladstone South State School said sport and play were the best things to look forward to in 2014.
Four generations come together to celebrate 94th birthday
A BEAUTIFUL celebration of friends and family surrounded Dudley Roylance to celebrate his 94th birthday on January 25.
Mr Roylance, who is described as "salt of the earth", commemorated the event at the BITS club in Boyne Island.
CQ's premier country music event is back at the GECC
THE Elders Gladstone Country Music Festival is back and set to be better than ever at the new Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre.
The festival is widely recognised as central Queensland's premier country music event and will take place in 2014 on the weekend of February 8 to 9.
Student leaders keen to set the tone for a good year
MOTIVATION was not lacking among a group of senior students who went back to school a day early to work on a vision and action plan for their school in 2014.
The group of Year 12 Gladstone State High School students want to see teachers and different aged kids helping each other and feeling confident and included in their school community.
Gladstone students benefit from funds boost for schools
GLADSTONE state schools will receive a boost in funding after the Queensland Premier announced $11.2 million to be allocated to central Queensland for literacy and numeracy teaching, including $1.7 million for Gladstone region schools.
Gladstone West State School principal Margie Burrell said literacy and numeracy skills were extremely important, and the allocation of extra funds would be decided after a consultation process with parents and teachers.
Action film shot in Gladstone set to premiere next month
BLOWING up cars with Molotov cocktails is all in a day's work for Jarvis Alston.
The filmmaker who grew up in Tannum Sands is set to premiere his newest film 80 Proof late next month.
Miriam Vale fans excited to host Intrust Super Cup match
MIRIAM Vale is buzzing with excitement in anticipation of the biggest sporting event hosted to date at the Gary Larson Oval.
The Intrust Super Cup will visit the usually quiet town host the Central Queensland Capras taking on the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles.