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  1. Mayor pleads for councils to get bigger Financial Assistance Grants

    A south-west Queensland mayor warns projects may be delayed and staff put off if the Federal Government does not increase the money it gives councils through the Financial Assistance Grants scheme.

  2. JETGO shelves proposed Roma-Sydney route

    An airline says it has not given up on the possibility of flights between the southern inland and Sydney.

  3. Fears smaller firms to be hardest hit by rejection of financial advice reforms

    A Toowoomba financial planner says confusion over the future of financial advice (FOFA) legislation is creating more paperwork for planners and their clients.

  4. Toowomba resident 85-year-old Hector Scholl

  5. Children account for one in five quad bike fatalities: inquest

    One in five people killed in a quad bike accident in Australia is a child, and many parents are not taking safety warnings seriously, a Brisbane inquest hears.

  6. Report finds Darling Downs obesity rates up to 27pc higher than Qld average

    The director of the Darling Downs Public Health Unit says obesity is placing a huge strain on the state's health services.

  7. Onions from the United States arriving just as Queensland harvest ramps up

  8. Thousands lose power in Darling Downs storms

    The weather bureau says southern Queensland could be in for more storms today but they will not be as severe.

  9. 'Adopt a farming family' this Christmas

    Queensland's city turf clubs have teamed up to show some drought-stricken regions a little Christmas spirit this year.

  10. Toowoomba man to front court over Gympie attempted murder charge

    A Toowoomba man has been charged with attempting to murder a man while he was asleep in his Gympie home.

  11. Mining union fears casualising of more resource industry jobs

    The miners' union is warning one of the biggest threats to workers is the casualisation of the Australian resources industry.

  12. USQ expects China free trade deal to boost uni's agricultural research

    The vice-chancellor of the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) says the China free trade agreement (FTA) will benefit the university's agricultural research.

  13. Emerson confirms seated-only decision for two outback Qld passenger rail services

    The state Transport Minister, Scott Emerson, says long-distance passenger train services to outback Queensland will continue but the challenge will be to increase usage.

  14. Tourism group fears train carriage changes may derail future of outback passenger services

    Tourism leaders say they are worried about the longer term future of outback train passenger services, after a Queensland Rail (QR) decision to retire some sleeper carriages.

  15. Senator to determine need for inquiry into bush telecommunications

    A Toowoomba LNP Senator says he is consulting about whether there needs to be a Senate inquiry into the state of telecommunications in regional and remote areas.

  16. Academic predicts tough time for ALP to win Warrego

    A political analyst says he thinks it will be a big challenge for Labor to win the south-west Queensland seat of Warrego at the next state election.

  17. First plane takes off from nation's newest public airport

    The Wagner family's $200 million airport dream is finally off the ground and running west of Brisbane.

  18. General Manager of Agribusiness for Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise Jo Sheppard discusses the opening on the Brisbane West Wellcamp airport

    General Manager of Agribusiness for Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise Jo Sheppard says agriculture is buzzing with opportunity now the Brisbane West Wellcamp airport is open.
  19. Qantas Link plane takes off from Toowoomba's new Brisbane West Wellcamp airport

  20. Agricultural opportunities from new airport in Toowoomba

    Agriculture industries in southern Queensland are buzzing with possibility after the first passenger flight from Toowoomba's new airport.

  21. First flight takes off from new Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport

    The operators of Australia's newest public airport say it has opened up southern Queensland to the rest of the country.

  22. Budding start-up technology businesses to get help launching ideas

    Budding entrepreneurs will learn how to build their own start-up technology business in Toowoomba over the weekend.

  23. GrainCorp Chairman Don Taylor and Managing Director Mark Palmquist discuss GrainCorps full year results

    GrainCorp Chairman Don Taylor and Managing Director Mark Palmquist blame drought and small east coast harvest for profit drop. Read more
  24. Ombudsman upholds Somerset council's solar farm snub

    The Queensland Ombudsman has upheld the Somerset Regional Council's rejection of a solar farm in the Brisbane Valley.

  25. Wind farm campaigner confident about Cooper's Gap plans despite RET disagreement

    A campaigner for a wind farm on southern Queensland's South Burnett says he believes the project will still go ahead, despite a lack of bipartisan agreement on renewable energy.

  26. Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise showcasing local wares at China expo

    Grain producers and manufacturers in southern Queensland are hoping to cash in on a looming free trade agreement between Australia and China in Shanghai this week.

  27. Fears party politics hampering tertiary sector changes

    The vice-chancellor of the University of Southern Queensland says she is worried party politics is stifling worthwhile reform of the tertiary sector.

  28. Dry weather sees feedlot numbers swell

    Australian feedlots are bulging with the highest number of cattle on feed since 2006.

  29. Australian Lot Feeders' Association CEO Dougal Gordon discusses the latest feedlot numbers

    Australian Lot Feeders' Association CEO Dougal Gordon says dry weather and overseas demand is driving feedlot numbers higher. Read more
  30. Drought Angels preparing Christmas relief for south-west Qld families

    Two southern Queensland women who have been organising drought relief donations say they are amazed at the ongoing support from urban areas.

  31. Fears bush telecommunications being 'left behind'

    A Queensland senator says he is "ashamed" about the state of telecommunication services in the bush.

  32. Queensland mayor John Brent didn't think to tell police his signature was forged

    The former owner and director of vegetable processing company Bunny Bites Food has told the Supreme Court in Hobart he didn't think forgery of his signature was anything to report to police.

  33. Trust hopes townhouses offer rental respite for Chinchilla families

    The Western Downs Housing Trust says a five-unit housing complex opening in Chinchilla today should ease the burden of high rental prices on low income families.

  34. QRC says coal industry pay cut better than no jobs

    The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) says pay cuts for workers in the state's coal industry will save jobs.

  35. Regional Qld police to bolster security ranks at G20

    Police officers from regional Queensland will begin travelling to Brisbane this weekend to take part in security at the G20 leaders' summit.

  36. Promise Tracker: The Abbott Government's broken election promises jump from 8 to 12

    The number of election commitments broken by the Abbott Government has jumped from eight to 12.

    Since launching our election Promise Tracker in July, we've had requests from the audience - and the Prime Minister's office - to examine more of the Coalition's pre-election commitments.

    We've added a dozen of the most popular requests into the mix. Find out how they change the Abbott Government's record.

  37. Promise check: $700 million for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing

    "Building the Toowoomba Bypass is a priority for the Coalition," Nationals Leader Warren Truss told the Toowoomba Bypass Forum on February 8, 2013.

  38. Qld Ebola patient transfer test run hailed a success

    A test of Queensland Health's ability to fly an Ebola patient to Brisbane has been hailed as a complete success by chief health officer Jeannette Young.

  39. Doors to close on Roma's only dedicated youth support group

    A Darling Downs' youth group wants state and federal governments to increase funding to the youth services sector.

  40. Queensland farmer sends giant climate change message to G20 organisers

    A Queensland farmer cuts a giant message in his field to urge G20 organisers to add climate change to the agenda for this month's leaders' summit.

  41. Developer says industrial development outpacing housing industry in Chinchilla

    A Surat Basin developer says industrial development in Chinchilla is replacing residential housing as the next boom market.

  42. Roma exercise tests health authorities' Ebola response

    Queensland Health says an exercise mimicking an Ebola outbreak in the southern inland town of Roma will test the department's ability to respond.

  43. Care Goondiwindi to state case for funding boost

    A southern border community group says it hopes to secure more funding from the Queensland Government to continue its services.

  44. South Burnett council reveals blended drinking water solution

    The South Burnett Regional Council has assured Kingaroy residents water quality will be maintained when it begins using water from Gordonbrook Dam.

  45. Anne Leahy wins Warrego LNP preselection

    The LNP has announced its candidate to contest the seat of Warrego at next year's state election.

  46. South-west health service backs classification scheme review

    The South West Hospital and Health Service has praised a Federal Government pledge to change a classification system that it says disadvantages rural practices.

  47. Cool change helps firefighters contain Ballandean-Ravensbourne bushfires

    Cooler weather has helped firefighters gain control of two major bushfires burning in southern Queensland.

  48. Survey shows southern Qld building industry confidence down

    A new report on southern Queensland's building sector shows confidence is down but people are optimistic about the future.

  49. Fears FIFO focus, 'negative' talk hurting mine industry

    A lobby group says pessimistic commentary surrounding the mining downturn is doing damage to the industry.

  50. Many Qld parents need help but are reluctant to ask: research

    More than half of Queensland parents say they are struggling to cope with the stress of raising a family, according to new research.