This week's good news from around Gladstone

JUST in case you missed them, here are some of the positive stories that have featured in The Observer this week. The news isn't always bad!

Huge contingent from Harbour City BMX Club at states

HARBOUR City BMX has come along in leaps and bounds in 2013, and the successful year has only continued, the club's riders winning Queensland plates late last month.

After three of the Gladstone riders found themselves in the Australian contingent at the world championships, the positive attitude and accomplishments have helped other riders in the club progress.

The state titles, which were held in Nerang on September 28 and 29, saw a huge number of riders from the Harbour City club attend. Nearly half of the local riders made the trek.

"Harbour City BMX had the fourth largest number at 62 riders, which is the biggest we have ever had," Chris Dunphy, president of the Harbour City BMX club said.

Gladstone well placed for future with super growth industries

GLADSTONE is well placed for future growth, having three of the five industries predicted to be boom sectors over the next three decades.

Agribusiness, tourism and gas are at the top of the list - sectors that are growing and thriving in the region with the three LNG facilities coming online, the push for tourism around industry and our location to Heron Island and the Southern Great Barrier Reef, and a growing beef industry, among others.

The three "super-growth industries" could pump an extra $250 billion into Australia's economy over the next two decades, according to a Deloitte Access Economics report.

Bechtel shows support for Curtis Island firies

THE Curtis Island Rural Fire Brigade will soon be better equipped to provide critical training programs to its volunteer firefighters thanks to a $15,000 donation from Bechtel.

Curtis Island Rural Fire Brigade secretary and treasurer, Robyn Mulvena, said the donation would help the brigade refurbish its current fire shed and update its training equipment.

"This donation means we will be able to charge our radios on site with solar power, while new office and training equipment means we can conduct training sessions at the shed, instead of private homes on Curtis Island," Ms Mulvena said.

"We will be better equipped to provide training to our volunteer firefighters and to respond to emergency situations, something we're very appreciative of.

Vegan blogger shares her recipes

GLADSTONE vegan Jacqui Smith - known by more than 400 "likers" on Jacs Blue House Facebook page as Jacs - says we shouldn't base our happiness on a number on a scale.

Jacs Blue House is a Facebook page and website where Jacqui shares nutritious recipes, some of them allergy-free.

"I love getting feedback from people on what they liked, didn't like or, even better, when they adjust a recipe to their taste and add or change different things."

Jacqui's page has operated for about a year, but her ultimate goal would be to release a recipe book.

Residents step out in style to raise funds for local girl

GLADSTONIANS really know how to have a ball. Last weekend a group of Gladstone's most glamorous turned out to the Havin' a Ball for Shontae event at the Grand Hotel.

Almost $3000 was raised on the night, which will go towards the purchase of a wheelchair-accessible car for local girl Shontae Denniss.

Shontae, 5, was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome as an infant.

Locals' healthy glow turns pink over cancer council brekkie

WITH October being international breast cancer awareness month it's the perfect time of year for ladies to think all things pink and focus on health.

Cancer Council's Pink Ribbon Breakfast was a sold-out success at the Gladstone Golf Club.

The event ran from 7am until 9am, attracting business professionals as organisers had hoped.

Gladstone City Eisteddfod dance section delights

DANCERS were in high spirits as they soared across the stage at the 2013 Gladstone City Eisteddfod at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre Marquee Marina.

Parents and about 500 dancers travelled from all over the State to compete in the 43rd year of the Eisteddfod.

Adventurous sailor pulls into Gladstone with tales to tell

A HARD day at the office for Craig Hands often eclipses a great day at work for the rest of us.

The Little Red Boat, a 4.5m (15-foot) half-cabin fibreglass boat is Mr Hands' workplace, circumnavigating Australia and the waters beyond, delivering supplies to remote tribal communities.

"People just can't believe how I get around," he said.

Nicknamed Crackers, Craig Hands has visited several remote communities in Arnhem Land, Papua New Guinea and islands throughout the Torres Strait.

"I was the first white person some have seen in many years," he said.

Loved ones fundraise to help Mighty Max fight leukaemia

"MIGHTY Max" Hoiberg has been a trooper since he was diagnosed with leukaemia last month.

When the results came back on September 1, the nine-year-old from Boyne Island was rushed to the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane to begin chemotherapy.

He has his good days, playing with Lego or on his laptop, and the bad days when nausea takes over.

Family and friends are trying to raise funds to help Max and his parents through the challenging time, while they travel to and from Brisbane and look after his siblings here at Boyne.

Young storytellers get back to basics with mime section

PARTICIPANTS in the prepared mime solo category for nine and 10 year olds at the Gladstone City Eisteddfod on Monday had to be creative in their storytelling as they only had two minutes on stage and no props, costumes or sound effects.

With nothing to hide behind, the audience's attention was drawn to the youngsters' fantastic facial expressions.

Good Samaritan helps firie passed out on side of the road

MT Maurice Rural Fire Brigade 3rd Officer Ashley Geddes found himself in a sticky situation last Saturday night while fighting a fire near O'Connor and Leferink Rds, Benaraby.

Mr Geddes, a field testing officer for Robertsons Lifting Rigging and Height Safety in Gladstone, said he had passed out after suffering smoke inhalation while protecting homes from the fire. 

 After he blacked out, the firie said a mystery woman had pulled up and checked to see if he was okay, before offering to take him to hospital.

Mr Geddes was grateful for the show of compassion, and after he was treated for smoke inhalation at Gladstone Hospital, set out to track her down on Facebook. 

Doug connects with community in 43 years with Telstra

THE networks Doug Savage has established during his 43-year career with Telstra extend beyond the telegraph poles.

Mr Savage said the most positive part of his time with the company had been developing relationships with the community. 

Mr Savage has been presented with a medallion for the years of service he has given. 

$10.5 million airport landing gear touches down in Gladstone

CONSTRUCTION of $10.5million in landing technology is getting off the ground at Gladstone Regional Airport.

Installation of the new instrument landing system and distance measuring equipment is on schedule to be completed later this year, with final inspections early in the new year. 

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