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  1. Qld police target illegal use of disabled parking bays

    Queensland police are cracking down on people who use disabled parking illegally.

  2. Diversion around truck blast zone to take 'six weeks'

    The Main Roads Department says it will take more than a month to construct a side track around the site of a truck explosion in south-west Queensland.

  3. Queensland flood devastation captured in opera

    A new Australian opera inspired by the resilience and courage of Queenslanders during the 2011 floods will have its debut this week in the state's capital.

  4. Cherbourg school cooks up healthy plan for better learning

    A Queensland Indigenous school has hired its own chef to counteract increasing problems with childhood obesity and learning difficulties.

  5. Health service counters nurses' union job cut claims

    The Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service has disputed Queensland Nurses Union (QNU) figures showing more cuts in the number of health workers.

  6. 100,000 properties in Qld at high risk for bushfires

    Almost 100,000 properties across Queensland have been identified as high risk for bushfires, with emergency services urging people to prepare for the season ahead.

  7. MH17 perpetrators 'will always deny responsibility'

    A Queensland man who lost his parents in the MH17 disaster says he believes those who caused the plane crash will always deny responsibility.

  8. Truck blast site diversions in place as travellers fear Charleville cut off

    Authorities have now put diversions in place around the site of last week's truck explosion in south-west Queensland.

  9. Parched south-west Qld keen for more drought aid as Hockey, Joyce tour region

    A southern Queensland mayor says farmers will welcome further drought assistance if the Federal Government offers it.

  10. Paul Guard, son of Jill and Roger killed on MH17, has 'misgivings' about stability of Ukraine ceasefire

    Paul Guard says although those who shot down Malaysia Airlines MH17 will always deny responsibility, what is more important is finding out who is launching missiles in suburban areas in Donetsk. Paul has also set up a fundraising effort for his parents' favourite charity, Médecins Sans Frontières - follow this link to donate.
  11. New laws limit how some stakeholders fight mining applications

    New laws introduced in Queensland will change how anti-mining groups and landholders can object to mining projects.

  12. More younger Queenslanders smoking, but overall numbers declining

    The number of cigarette smokers aged between 25 and 34 rises dramatically in Queensland.

  13. Livestock transporters discuss the logistics of trucking cattle to Port of Townsville for live export

    Truck driver Andrew Bemrose and Brenton Holmes from Schmidts Livestock Transport say live export is a big employer for north Queensland
  14. Council works on truck blast diversion amid fears for traders

    A south-west Queensland Mayor says local businesses will struggle while authorities try to find a traffic diversion around a recent truck explosion.

  15. Rural doctors fear community-run GP clinics a 'bandaid solution'

    The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) says a scheme establishing community-run GP clinics does not deal with the underlying barriers of enticing doctors to rural areas.

  16. Pulling kids into agriculture

  17. Teaching future farmers

  18. Agricultural educators and students discuss learning about the business of farming.

    Ag Show event manager Mike Richards, Drayton State School teacher Dale Klease, Queensland University student Justin Matthews and school students Neesa Buckley, Timikah Wilkie, Nikki Smith discuss the role of agricultural education in schools.
  19. More political support needed for agricultural education: former principal

    A former Queensland school principal thinks politicians need to do more to get youngsters engaged in agriculture.

  20. Investigators gain access to Qld truck explosion site

    Investigators have been granted access to the site of a catastrophic truck crash and explosion that injured eight people south of Charleville in south-west Queensland.

    The truck driver, two fire officers, and two passers-by remain in hospital with serious injuries, while three other rescue workers were recovering at their homes in Charleville.

    Emergency crews have described the scene as "war zone", with the explosion leaving a five-metre-wide crater in the landscape.

    A two-kilometre exclusion zone was declared after the truck, carting more than 50 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, crashed and rolled about 10:00pm (AEST) on Friday.

  21. Ammonia truck explosion site unstable: fire chief

    The site of an ammonia truck explosion near Charleville in Queensland's south-west is still too unsafe for authorities to enter, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) says.

    An exclusion zone remains in place at the scene of the blast, which occurred after a truck carting more than 50 tonnes of ammonium nitrate crashed and rolled about 10:00pm (AEST) on Friday.

    Eight men, including a police officer and four firefighters, were injured in the blast, which police said was so powerful it "disintegrated" the truck, destroyed two firefighting vehicles and two bridges and blew a hole in the Mitchell Highway.

    The Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) said the road damage would cause big problems for the national transport and heavy vehicle industry.

  22. Business chamber touts benefits of new Sydney-Toowoomba flights

    The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland says new flights to Toowoomba will boost business in the region.

  23. All eyes on Bloodwood Creek UCG decision

    A gas company says the industry is watching as the Queensland Government decides whether to approve an underground coal gasification (UCG) project on the Western Downs.

  24. Calls for magistrates to assess mental impairments

    Parents of a mentally impaired woman convicted of shoplifting say Queensland's laws need to be changed to give magistrates the power to make assessments on intellectual impairments.

  25. Some farmers too 'proud' to claim drought aid funding

    Maranoa MP Bruce Scott says some farmers are not claiming the Farm Household Allowance because they are reluctant to go into a Centrelink office.

  26. Service to farewell high-flying pioneering outback doctor

    One of the nation's pioneer women aviators will be remembered at a memorial service in Brisbane today.

  27. Flying foxes

  28. Strawberries sell cheaply at a major supermarket

  29. Youth jobless rate reflects 'toughest market seen'

    A Darling Downs' training provider says new national employment figures highlight how tough it is for young people to get full-time work locally.

  30. Kangaranga Do Festival to 'lift spirits' in Quilpie

    A small south-west Queensland town is hoping for a big economic boost today, thanks to travellers heading west.

  31. Laidley State High School blaze considered suspicious

    Police are investigating the cause of a fire at a Lockyer Valley high school.

  32. Travellers offered lower fares or more services

    The Queensland Government wants people to vote on how $30 million will be spent on public transport.

  33. Qld campaign aims to free up hospital emergency departments

    Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg says more than $160 million would be saved if people did not burden hospital emergency departments with minor ailments.

  34. South Burnett council strikes deal to help Cherbourg recycling project

    The South Burnett council has moved to support a waste recycling project in Cherbourg.

  35. Laws allow home ownership in Indigenous communities

    People living in Queensland's Indigenous communities now have the option of private home and land ownership under new freehold laws.

  36. Truckie dies in South Burnett crash

    Investigations are continuing after a truck crash that killed a 50-year-old Proston man yesterday.

  37. Qld vet discovers risk of lyssavirus in domestic animals

    A Queensland vet has confirmed that rabies-like viruses can spread to domestic animals following the discovery of two horses that had contracted Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV).

  38. New strategy aims to cut Toowoomba's Indigenous jobless rate

    A non-profit group says it wants to create at least 500 jobs for Indigenous people in the Toowoomba region over the next four years.

  39. Regions need faster internet for language training plans: ICPA

    The Isolated Children's Parents' Association (ICPA) says increasing language studies will be difficult for Queensland's rural and remote schools.

  40. Blaze claims Boondooma chemical factory

    Fire has destroyed a chemical processing factory in the South Burnett overnight.

  41. Qld ambulance fleet tracking system goes public

    A system that tracks the number of ambulances on the road at any one time in Queensland has been made public.

  42. Mayor wants miners to keep reinvesting in resource communities

    The Western Downs Mayor says he wants to ensure mining companies continue to reinvest in the communities they work in.

  43. New plant promises 'long-term solution' to Eromanga water woes

    A tiny town in south-west Queensland is about to get its first treated town water supply.

  44. Farmer claims CSG companies spreading noxious weeds

    Farmers say coal seam gas companies are driving dirty equipment onto their properties and spreading weeds that are destroying their livelihoods.

  45. Lockyer Valley Mayor fights for share of Royalties for Regions funding

    The Lockyer Valley Mayor says the council deserves to get a reasonable slice of new Royalties for the Regions funding.

  46. South Burnett Private Hospital nurses in pay stoush

    Nurses at a South Burnett private hospital will stop work today over pay negotiations.

  47. Police plead for fresh clues to fatal Gatton hit-run crash

    Police say they have few clues to the death of a Hong Kong national killed in an apparent hit-and-run crash two years ago.

  48. Queensland parliamentary committee chairman says changes to mining approvals are not a 'done deal'

    State member for Lockyer, Ian Rickuss, chairs the agriculture, resources and environment parliamentary committee. He says his job is to 'listen' to community concern about the proposed Mineral and Energy Resources Bill and make recommendations back to the Government accordingly.
  49. Couples offered counselling lifeline

    Lifeline says it is expecting its new couples counselling service to be popular in southern Queensland.

  50. Flying doctor applauds new Roma airport facilities

    The Royal Flying Doctor Service says a new facility in Roma officially opening today will help improve patient safety.