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  1. Doors to close on Kingaroy private hospital

    The South Burnett community in southern Queensland will lose its only private hospital when it closes at the end of today.

  2. Farm debt mediation cases predicted to rise

    A rural financial counselling service says farm debt mediation cases are expected to rise over the coming year, with no reprieve in drought for many areas.

  3. South Burnett council adopts budget with 2.75pc rate rise

    The South Burnett council in southern Queensland says it is happy to adopt a budget with a general rate rise of 2.75 per cent, given a loss of state and federal government funding.

  4. Outback museum to showcase 1920s rural life

    A retired professor says plans to create a "living museum" in south-west Queensland should be completed within the next year.

  5. Man to front court accused of firing gun during argument

    A 21-year-old man is due to face Toowoomba court today after he allegedly fired a gun during an incident at a home in Wilsonton in southern Queensland.

  6. Stage one of Toowoomba's Queens Park makeover finished

    The first stage of the Queens Park makeover, in Toowoomba, in southern Queensland, has been completed.

  7. Sid Plant, Toowoomba cattle farmer, worries will worsen under climate change

  8. Farmer group urges Liberal Party to take strong action on climate change

    In an open letter to the Liberal Party ahead of this weekend's national conference, a group of farmers say climate change is real and happening on their farms.

  9. More flights to take off from Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport

    More flights will start operating today from the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport near Toowoomba in southern Queensland.

  10. Mobile phone reception boost for outback Qld

    The Federal Government says the first of the new or upgraded mobile phone base stations across regional Queensland will be rolled out in the coming months.

  11. Prosthetic penises, fake urine 'used to fool drug tests at mine sites'

    Fake urine and even prosthetic penises are increasingly being used by Queensland miners in a bid to fool company drug tests, police say.

  12. Vet students learn about biosecurity

  13. Students vets learn about biosecurity

    Students vets learn about biosecurity at university thanks to the Livestock Biosecurity Network.
  14. Biosecurity to be included in vet courses

    For the first time in Australia, a university has included biosecurity planning in its veterinary science course.

  15. Woman in wheelchair flung from moving bus

    There are calls for new safety measures in Queensland after a woman in a wheelchair is thrown from a moving bus, landing on her head.

  16. CSIRO signs deal with European Space Agency to share satellite information on crop forecasts

    "...quatre, trois, deux, un... Decollage!" (Blastoff!)

  17. Vaccinating horses against Hendra is expensive, but that could soon change

    The Hendra vaccine could soon become cheaper for horse owners.

  18. Report highlights economic slide of Nanango in southern Qld

    New research has revealed a township in southern Queensland's South Burnett had the worst economic output in the country between 2001 and 2014.

  19. Debate over moving APVMA from Canberra to regional city.

    Agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce has defended a proposal to move the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) out of Canberra. Duncan Bremner, CEO, of Animal Medicines Australia, is opposed to the move, concerned it could delay approvals for medicines. Rupert Evans, of the Community and Public Sector Union, says staff may quit, rather than relocate away from Canberra.
  20. Minister defends moving jobs to regions, after criticism from union, industry bodies

    Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has defended his proposal to move Commonwealth agencies to regional areas, amid mounting criticism.

  21. Resources sector lobby group finds FIFO no worse for mental health

    A resource industry lobby group says findings from its research into fly-in, fly-out mining differs from that of a Western Australian parliamentary inquiry into the practice.

  22. Scenic Rim council's disaster repairs near end

    The Scenic Rim council in southern Queensland expects to finalise its lengthy disaster restoration program by the end of the month.

  23. Opposition to moving agencies out of Canberra

    There is mounting opposition to Agricultural Minister Barnaby Joyce's proposal to move Commonwealth agencies to regional areas.

  24. Council to survey demand for Warwick-Toowoomba gas pipeline

    The Southern Downs council will try and secure funding to build a gas pipeline to Warwick from Toowoomba, in southern Queensland, if a survey of businesses reveals a strong demand for the service.

  25. Motorcyclist dies in Scenic Rim crash

    A motorbike rider has been killed after a crash at Bunburra in the Scenic Rim in southern Queensland.

  26. Morale lifts as rain falls on Queensland graziers

    Farmers in several locations across Queensland had something to smile about overnight as rain hit their properties.

  27. Queensland teenager denies joining terror group in Syria

    A Queensland teenager, who was feared to have joined a terrorist organisation in Syria, has written on Facebook that he is only there doing humanitarian work.

  28. Blues supporter Cameron Alley in Toowoomba ahead of State of Origin

  29. Blues living behind enemy lines in Queensland

    Queensland is known for being a friendly and laidback place to live but that does not apply if you are a Blues supporter and it is State of Origin time.

  30. Man fronts court accused of torturing, assaulting woman in Kingaroy

    A 24-year-old man has been charged with torture, after he allegedly held a woman hostage in the South Burnett, in southern Queensland, over the weekend.

  31. Currawinya National Park size doubled to help endangered bilbies

    A bilby-friendly national park in south-west Queensland to double in size after the State Government acquired three adjoining blocks.

  32. Southern Qld action plan proposed to identify region's potential growth areas

    The Regional Australia Institute has launched a project it says will help grow southern Queensland's economy by $10 billion over the next 15 years.

  33. Carrot beer on offer after Queensland craft brewer teams up with farmer

    Beer and carrots do not usually go hand-in-hand, but an unusual bright orange brew has been successfully blended from produce out of the Scenic Rim, south of Brisbane.

  34. Southern Qld aged care home boosts dementia accommodation

    An aged care facility at Pittsworth, in southern Queensland, has opened a new 26-bed wing for people suffering dementia.

  35. Work begins on rebuilding blown-up bridge near Charleville

    A multi-million dollar project has begun in south-west Queensland to restore a bridge between Charleville and Cunnamulla.

  36. Trial tests cost effectiveness of drone use in agriculture

    A Queensland trial is analysing the cost effectiveness of using Unmanned Aviation Vehicles (UAV) on farms.

  37. Energy firm says time right to develop new CSG project near Roma

    An energy company has applied to develop a major new coal seam gas field in Queensland's southern inland.

  38. Demand for outback telehealth services triples

    The number of patients consulting with their doctors online in south-western Queensland has tripled in just three months.

  39. Boost to outback Queensland rail line on track

    A multi-million dollar maintenance project is underway to replace about 100,000 timber sleepers on a rail line to south-west Queensland.

  40. Boy, 9, suffers burns to 45 per cent of body in drum fire

    A nine-year-old boy suffers critical burns in a drum fire on a property on the Darling Downs, in southern Queensland.

  41. Tasmanian vegetable supplier awarded $1.7m

    A Tasmania vegetable grower is awarded $1.7m in a court battle against former owners of Queensland vegetable processing company Bunny Bites.

  42. Judge upholds jail sentence for convicted Dalby stalker

    A man from Dalby, in southern Queensland, has failed in his bid to have a jail term dismissed for stalking two women, including a Queensland netball player.

  43. A tax break, record exhibitors and a new timber cutting competition at Farmfest 2015

    Farmfest exhibitors are reaping the benefits of a new federal tax break, with farmers expected to spend big before the June 30 deadline.

  44. Paul Wallace, manager of Vanderfield Toowoomba talks about how a new federal tax break could boost sales at Farmfest this year.

    Vanderfield Toowoomba's Paul Wallace says there could be more sales of ag machinery at Farmfest in 2015 after the Federal Government announced an immediate tax reduction for small businesses.
  45. Rob Ross, marketing manager of Stihl Pty Ltd says a new competition with chainsaws and axes is being held for the first time in Australia.

    Rob Ross from Stihl Pty Ltd says a new competition with chainsaws and axes is actually the original extreme sport and competitiors will battle it out for the Queensland Championships.
  46. Solar firm pushes ahead with Darling Downs' plans

    A solar company says it is disappointing the Federal Government wants to reduce the Renewable Energy Target but it is still forging ahead with plans for a solar farm on the Darling Downs in southern Queensland.

  47. Rural hospital staff afraid to open doors at night to aggressive ice users: nurses union

    Staff in rural hospitals need greater security to deal with the growing number of crystal methamphetamine users, the Queensland Nurses Union says.

  48. Freezing temperatures hit south-east Queensland

    Winter weather finally arrives in Queensland, with temperatures in several parts of the state dropping below freezing.

  49. Private nature refuges for animals key in battle against climate change

    Creating more nature refuges on private land could be the best way to protect animals from the effects of climate change, the Queensland Government says.

  50. Community approach to tackle illicit drug problems

    A southern Queensland inland mayor says local authorities are struggling to deal with the illegal drug known as 'ice'.