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  1. Asset sales forum in Charleville to be rescheduled

    Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls has blamed poor scheduling for a decision to cancel a public meeting in the south-west to discuss the possible sale of state assets.

  2. Uncertainty surrounds Toowoomba teen's bid to enter Everest record books

    The father of a Toowoomba teenager aiming to be the youngest Australian to climb Mount Everest says it is not clear if the expedition will go ahead.

  3. Wool market improves leading in to Easter

    Schute Bell sheep and wool officer Greg Andrews is pleased to see a turnaround in the price of wool
  4. Solid gains for wool across the board

    The wool market saw a dramatic change in fortune last week, posting the largest weekly rise in seven months.

  5. Everest avalanche won't deter Australian teenager from record attempt

    A Queensland teenager hoping to become the youngest Australian to climb Mount Everest will continue her trek despite an avalanche that has killed at least 13 people.

    Some climbers have abandoned their mission up the 8,848-metre summit since Friday's avalanche, but Queensland's Alyssa Azar, 17, is determined to continue.

    Ms Azar has already climbed some of the world's major peaks, including Mount Kilimanjaro, and if successful will become the second youngest woman ever to climb Mount Everest.

  6. Social media helps spread word about Charleville reunion

    A social media page to try and connect former residents of a south-west Queensland town has led to a major reunion event this weekend.

  7. Qld Government accused of scaring away UCG investors

    The former head of a coal gasification company is accusing the Queensland Government of double standards over regulating the underground coal gasification (UCG) industry.

  8. Police speak to man in CCTV footage before suspected Goondiwindi murder

    Police say they have spoken to a man seen in closed-circuit TV footage with a woman just hours before her body was found in a river at Goondiwindi on Queensland's southern border.

  9. Landholders claim secrecy over experimental coal gasification plant

    Landholders say they've only recently been told about harm allegedly caused by an experimental coal gasification plant.

  10. Toowoomba council approves flood detention basins amid protests

    The Toowoomba Regional Council has decided to build two controversial flood detention basins in the city's south.

  11. Darling Downs to get mobile youth mental health service

    A new mobile mental health program to connect with young people who fall through the gaps of traditional services has been funded on the Darling Downs.

  12. RDAQ casts doubt over expanded role for nurses

    The Rural Doctors Association of Queensland (RDAQ) says getting nurses to perform more procedures may not help smaller country practices.

  13. CCIQ says some traders 'can't afford to open' because of penalty rates

    The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) says penalty rates are becoming an issue of increasing concern for its members.

  14. Gas firm accused of environmental harm at UCG trials site

    The State Government says there is no threat to local water sources, despite charging a company with causing environmental harm at a coal gasification site on the Western Downs in southern Queensland.

  15. Traders face Easter holidays penalty rates 'trade off'

    Southern Queensland Country Tourism (SQCT) says some businesses have elected to close over the Easter holidays to avoid paying penalty rates to employees.

  16. Skytrans shelves Roma-Toowoomba flights

    The Maranoa Regional Council says it understands why commercial flights between Roma and Toowoomba have been suspended.

  17. Environment Dept not considering LNG plant proponent's history

    The federal Department of the Environment says a gas company's financial history will not be considered in its application to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in north Queensland.

  18. Gas pipeline project proposed for Abbot Point

    A Hong Kong-based company wants to spend about $100 million to pipe gas from the Cooper Basin to the Abbot Point port in north Queensland for export to Asian markets.

  19. Uni study considers how to retain students with disabilities

    A study has been launched to find out how to improve retention rates for people with disabilities studying at university.

  20. Qld debt talks spark call to transfer child protection services to non-profit sector

    Lifeline says the Queensland Government should consider outsourcing child protection services to the not-for-profit sector.

  21. Doctor says contracts row takes toll on morale

    A Toowoomba doctor says the dispute between the medical fraternity and the Queensland Government over contracts for senior doctors has hurt morale.

  22. BOM says El Nino now 'likely'

    Climate monitoring manager Dr Karl Braganza says the ocean's sub-surface water has warmed considerably in recent weeks.
  23. Qld Health to roll out mobile youth mental health outreach services

    The State Government plans to roll out mobile treatment teams for children with mental health issues in regional Queensland.

  24. Skydiver injured in fall in southern Queensland

    A man has been injured in a skydiving accident near Goondiwindi on Queensland's southern border.

  25. Queensland dairy producers disappointed with Japan FTA

    QDO President Brian Tessman says Queensland dairy farmers will miss out on opportunities in free trade deal
  26. Analyst cites hurdles in opening up more oil, gas exploration areas

    An oil and gas analyst says resource companies would have to overcome major logistical hurdles to develop projects in Queensland's north and south-west.

  27. Qld Treasurer takes privatisation pitch to Longreach, Emerald

    Queenslanders will get to have their say on possible asset sales, when the State Government begins a series of public meetings next week.

  28. Mine worker accused of trying to import stun guns

    A mine worker in Queensland's southern inland has been arrested for allegedly trying to import illegal stun guns into Australia.

  29. Growers push for multi-peril insurance

    Southern Queensland farmers push for research into insurance for crop input costs
  30. Farmers want more ability to manage risk

    As farmers prepare to plant this year's winter crop, a group of Southern Queensland growers are trying to create a form of insurance for the input costs that go into producing it.

  31. Coles forced to correct the record about milk discounting

    Coles denies it's misled the public, despite getting a reprimand from the competition watchdog about its milk price discounting ad.

  32. Telstra denies NBN delaying Fernvale, Lowood internet upgrades

    Telstra says the impending rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) in the Somerset region is not causing the telco to delay infrastructure upgrades.

  33. More land released for outback Qld gas, petroleum exploration

    The State Government has released more land in Queensland's west for petroleum and gas exploration.

  34. Parched outback Qld keen to host early visitors

    Outback Queensland tourism operators are hoping an early influx of visitors will help regional economies struggling due to the drought.

  35. Man in hospital after lightning strike during south-east Qld storms

    A man struck by lightning during wild storms in south-east Queensland yesterday is recovering in Ipswich hospital, west of Brisbane.

  36. Retiring diabetes specialist urges more city doctors to head bush

    A retiring western Queensland diabetes specialist says treatment in the bush is not keeping pace with a growth in the condition.

  37. Tests to determine if CSG wells causing methane in Qld town's water

    A council in Queensland's southern inland is investigating whether methane found in a town's water supply is coming from nearby coal seam gas (CSG) wells.

  38. Bronze statue to commemorate artist Albert Namatjira

    The man who made Cunnamulla's famous 'Cunnamulla Fella' statue and 'The Pioneer' statue in the Northern Territory says plans are well underway to honour another outback legend, Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira.

  39. Hope for walkway users to spark fresh leads in Goondiwindi murder

    Police say early morning walkers may hold clues to an unsolved murder in Goondiwindi last month in southern Queensland.

  40. Queensland's rural debt unknown after survey abandoned

    Senator Barry O'Sullivan, QRAA CEO Colin Holden and Agforce CEO Charles Burke discuss the Queensland Rural Debt Survey
  41. Information drought after Rural Debt Survey abandoned

    A Queensland Senator has raised concerns about the lack of a survey looking at the state of rural Queensland's finances.

  42. JCU vet wins award

  43. Scenic Rim council to axe jobs in 'efficiency' drive

    Scenic Rim Mayor John Brent has defended the council's decision to cut staff, despite its good financial outlook.

  44. Ex-firefighter says rural recruitment remains challenging

    A former firefighter says attracting enough volunteers continues to be a problem that affects the service in rural areas.

  45. Police say Biddeston house blaze not suspicious

    Police say a fire that destroyed a house on the Darling Downs overnight is not being treated as suspicious.

  46. REIQ tips continued Toowoomba house sales spike

    The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) says the local housing industry is showing no signs of overheating, despite a sharp rise in sales and prices.

  47. New song helps Charleville kids share outback lives with the world

    School students at Charleville, in Queensland's south-west, have combined to release a new song and mini-musical documentary about their town and aspirations.

  48. Government proposes eight new dams for south-east Queensland

    The Queensland Government says it is considering building up to eight new dams in the south-east.

  49. Midwives link up to discuss rural birthing services

    Staff retention and professional development are expected to be some of the issues discussed when midwives across Queensland hold their first rural midwifery forum today.

  50. Kilcoy downturn 'really bad' since council de-merger

    Local community leaders say the rural town of Kilcoy, north-west of Brisbane, is struggling to recover from drought and a huge downturn in business.