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  1. 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.
  2. Couples offered counselling lifeline

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

  3. 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.

  4. Rubbish collections stop after truck fleet grounded

    Rubbish collection services have been halted in many parts of the country after Australia's largest waste management firm grounded its entire fleet.

  5. Minerals and Energy Resources Bill off key

  6. A Parliamentary committee hears submissions to the new Minerals and Energy Resources Bill

    A Queensland Parliamentary committee has heard emotive submissions from farming groups opposed to the new Minerals and Energy Resources Bill 2014. Read more.
  7. 'An acid bath for farmers' rights': Parliamentary submissions reveal farming opposition to Queensland's new Resources Bill

    A new Bill designed to streamline Queensland resources legislation has been described as an 'acid bath for the rights of the landholder'.

  8. Hunt on for more southern Qld auxiliary firefighters

    The Fire and Emergency Service says finding permanent residents to become auxiliary firefighters in the state's south is proving a challenge.

  9. Blaze claims Greenmount house

    Investigations are underway into a fire that destroyed a house on the Darling Downs this morning.

  10. Keith Dove

  11. Brave Roma flood rescue efforts earn recognition

    Two men have been recognised for their bravery during a flood that swept through Roma two years ago.

  12. Nina Wildman

  13. South-east Queensland slides into drought

    On the eve of what many hope will be a good drenching for the lower half of Queensland, much of the state's south-east corner is now drought declared.

  14. Drought-stricken Qld communities get rain

    It is raining on parched communities in Queensland's outback, some of which have not seen a drop in half a year.

  15. South-east Qld added to drought list

    Queensland's south-east is added to the official drought list, meaning farmers in the region may qualify for assistance.

  16. Bilby droppings used to measure stress levels

    Bilby droppings are being used by scientists who have pioneered a new technique to measure stress levels of the endangered marsupial.

  17. Grants bring youth ideas to life

    ABC Heywire and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) have announced the recipients of $100,000 in seed funding for projects by young people across regional Australia.

  18. Queensland dairy producers reflect on their industry as they compete for 'supreme champion' at the Ekka

    Dairy farmers Rob Lindsay, Daniel Holmes and Denise Whatman talk to the Queensland Country Hour about the ups and downs of their industry. Plus, you'll discover why clippers and hair spray are essential tools for a dairy exhibitor, and their 'supermodels', at the Ekka.
  19. Dairy cows the real 'supermodels' of the Brisbane Ekka

    "You don't see a supermodel go walking down the catwalk with hairy legs," says dairy exhibitor Rob Lindsay at the Ekka.

  20. Queensland opals 'still in demand internationally'

    Opal miners in the state's west say while rising costs of production and exploration are stifling their sector, the Queensland boulder opal continues to attract international interest.

  21. Project Puccini sparks opera voices in ordinary Queenslanders

    It is almost show time for hundreds of ordinary Queenslanders-turned-opera singers starring in local productions of Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme.

  22. Parts of Qld, NSW face second-driest year

    As outback Queensland farmers face the likelihood of another failed wet season, inland communities closer to the coast are experiencing their second-driest year on record.

    In the past 12 months a large swathe of land, from Bundaberg in south-east Queensland, west to Roma and south to Coffs Harbour in NSW, received just 41 per cent of its usual rainfall.

    Weather bureau climatologist Blair Trewin said 552 millimetres had fallen in that region, 378mm less than the long-term average.

  23. Pub fined $60K over drinker's death

    A Western Downs' hotel has been fined for selling drinks to a man who later died from alcohol poisoning.

  24. Hope for phone app to help put brakes on fatigue-related road crashes

    A Dalby businessman says a smartphone application helping to beat driver fatigue will target miners in the Surat Basin.

  25. Paul Guard reflects on his parents' passions ahead of the MH17 memorial

    Paul Guard, son of MH17 victims Roger and Jill Guard, spends some time before the memorial service talking about his parents' involvement in charities and community groups as well as his father's passion for barefoot running.
  26. Law firm considers class action over potential Oakey water contamination

    A law firm is gauging interest in a class action against the Australian Defence Force (ADF) over possible water contamination near a base on the Darling Downs.

  27. QFF water policy advisor Ian Johnson and Senator Simon Birmingham discuss Central Condamine water buybacks

    QFF water policy advisor Ian Johnson and Senator Simon Birmingham discuss Central Condamine water buybacks and the lack of successful Federal Government purchases to date.
  28. Condamine ground water buy back stalls

    The Federal Government's yet to buy back any licences under a program to reduce water allocations in the Central Condamine catchment.

  29. Queensland's Wild Rivers laws repealed

    Queensland's Wild Rivers legislation has been repealed in a move the Government says will give locals more say on what level of protection is given.

    The 13 rivers in Cape York and in the state's western Channel Country will now be protected under the new Regional Interest Planning Act to prevent inappropriate development going forward.

    Labor, scientists, and environmentalists, however, worry the environment will suffer under the changes.

  30. Looming NBN deadline rings alarm bells for traders' phone services

    The Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce says the marketing of the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) has not been handled well.

  31. Former MP Ian Cameron rescued after being trapped in grain silo (Supplied: RACQ CareFlight Rescue)

    Former National Party federal MP Ian Cameron was rescued after being trapped in a grain silo for more than seven hours on Monday afternoon. (Video supplied by RACQ CareFlight Rescue)
  32. Lock the Gate President Drew Hutton and Western Downs Mayor Ray Brown discuss the buy up of some rural residential blocks near Tara.

    Lock the Gate President Drew Hutton and Western Downs Mayor Ray Brown discuss the sale of some rural residential blocks near Tara to QGC.
  33. Technical hitches delaying Kogan Creek Solar Boost project

    CS Energy insists it will be able to complete a major solar power installation at its Darling Downs power station, despite ongoing technical problems.

  34. Toowoomba doctors killed on MH17 'beautiful' people

    Toowoomba doctors Roger and Jill Guard have been remembered as dedicated doctors and "beautiful" people at a memorial service in their home town.

    The couple were returning from a European holiday and a medical conference on flight MH17 when it was shot down over Ukraine on July 18.

    About 1,000 people paid their respects to the Guards at Toowoomba's Empire Theatre on Sunday afternoon.

  35. High-profile lawyer walks away from plane crash

    High-profile Queensland barrister Walter Sofronoff QC has walked away from a plane crash at Toowoomba on the Darling Downs.

  36. Western Qld pair become Qld Plan ambassadors

    Two western Queenslanders have been named as ambassadors of the Queensland Plan.

  37. Big crowd expected to farewell Toowoomba's Roger and Jill Guard killed in MH17 crash

    About 1,500 people in Toowoomba are expected to turn out on Sunday to remember a couple killed in last month's Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine.

  38. Two in three regional Queenslanders overweight or obese: AMA

    Queensland is facing an obesity crisis in its regional areas, where almost 70 per cent of the population is overweight or obese.

  39. Fears Oakey water contamination uncertainty may impact land values

    A lawyer representing a family affected by the possible contamination of bores near the Oakey Army Aviation Base says property values could drop as a result of the ongoing controversy.

  40. Qld regions urged to find new ways to stimulate growth

    A regional research group says Queensland councils need to diversify to generate growth.

  41. Outback councils unite to crack down on wild dog compliance

    Three local councils in Queensland's south will focus on enforcing state legislation, to ensure farmers are taking "reasonable" steps to control pests on their land.

  42. Hope new tertiary program in Qld prisons will stop reoffending

    While Queensland's crime crackdown is increasing the number of prisoners in the state's jails, a new education program could help to stop them reoffending in the future.

    Queensland recently announced it would spend $61 million expanding its prisons, and the number of people in prison or remand rose by 16 per cent over the last year.

    The state was also investing heavily in police recruitment, but as that heavy "front-end" investment was made to reduce crime, the developers of a small, federally-funded education program hope to have an even bigger impact.

    The University of Southern Queensland has found a way to deliver online university and tertiary preparation courses in prisons where inmates cannot access the internet.

  43. Mayor confident of getting Beaudesert bypass funds

    The Scenic Rim Mayor believes he can secure funding for a bypass around the town of Beaudesert.

  44. Oakey residents air fears over potential water contamination near Army base

    Residents on the Darling Downs say they have been left with more questions than answers after meeting with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) about possible groundwater contamination near an Army base.

  45. Milk shortages worsen in two states

    Two Australian states are short of milk, and it's being trucked over vast distances to meet the demand.

  46. Business chamber questions Toowoomba Range road closures consultation

    The Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce and Industry says the Department of Main Roads should have better communicated road closures on the Toowoomba Range.

  47. Local firms to be showcased at Roma jobs expo

    Organisers say a careers expo in the southern inland is designed to encourage more young people to stay and work at home.

  48. More arrests tipped in police crackdown on bikies

    Toowoomba police say they have made more than 200 arrests since the start of a crackdown on outlaw motorcycle gangs.

  49. Female mayors and council CEOs remain low, conference told

    Only 21 per cent of mayors in Australia are female and 7 per cent are chief executive officers, the Australian Local Government Women's Association conference in Queensland has heard.

  50. ADF probes impact of Oakey air base chemical use on local bore water

    The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has told landholders near its Darling Downs air base not to drink bore water as it tests what impact firefighting chemicals have had on local aquifers.