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  1. Rural families worried no clear transport plan for new Brisbane children's hospital

    The families of sick children from rural and remote areas fear they'll be forced to make their own way from supported accommodation on the other side of the city, when Brisbane's new Lady Cilento children's hospital opens next month.

  2. Call for better drug testing to combat mine industry substance abuse

    The Queensland Mines Inspectorate wants more sophisticated methods of drug testing to be developed to tackle substance abuse in the mining industry.

  3. Outback MP echoes calls for more bank compassion towards drought-hit farmers

    A western Queensland MP has called on financial institutions to show more compassion to drought-affected families.

  4. Royal Flying Doctor Service opens new $2.2m Charleville base

    The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) says its new multi-million dollar base in south-west Queensland will improve the delivery of health services to remote communities.

  5. Firefighters continue tackling Ballandean, Ravensbourne blazes

    Firefighters are spending a fourth consecutive day trying to bring two large bushfires in southern Queensland under control.

  6. Councils call for major changes to Royalties for Regions scheme

    The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) will lobby the State Government to change its Royalties for the Regions program.

  7. Regional Australia Institute urges Commonwealth to rethink disaster funding distribution

    The Regional Australia Institute says there needs to be a stronger case to support the Federal Government reducing its funding for disaster reconstruction.

  8. Devastating effect of bank foreclosures on farmers

    A Catholic priest in western Queensland says there should be a moratorium on banks foreclosing on drought-stricken family properties.

  9. Doctor boost for Warwick Hospital emergency dept

    The Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service (HHS) says four new doctors will increase the care available at Warwick hospital's emergency department.

  10. Firefighters contain Ballandean blaze

    Firefighters will try and strengthen containment lines around a blaze that has been threatening rural properties on southern Queensland's Granite Belt this week.

  11. Crews brace for more bushfires in southern Qld heatwave

    Queensland fire authorities are warning people not to be complacent despite an expected drop in temperatures today across the state's south.

  12. Agronomist Paul McIntosh discusses the impact the hot weather will have on crops

    Agronomist Paul McIntosh says the hot weather in southern Queensland will decrease the chances of good summer crop formation. Read more
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  14. Woman dies after car crashes into tree near Murgon

    Investigations are underway into two seperate crashes that saw a woman killed and a teenager seriously injured on South Burnett roads over the weekend.

  15. Rural Doctors Association backs crackdown on people who assault health workers

    The Rural Doctors Association says health workers in remote areas will welcome tougher penalties for people who assault nurses, doctors and paramedics.

  16. Sweltering conditions worry graziers still coping with drought

    Graziers and residents in western Queensland are worried this week's soaring temperatures could be a sign of a long, hot summer ahead.

  17. Disaster management funding tipped to dominate LGAQ forum

    The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) says proposed changes to disaster management funding will be the major issue dominating its annual conference in north Queensland this week.

  18. Basic chopper training to be phased out at Oakey Army Aviation Base

    The Toowoomba Mayor says he is confident in the long-term future of the Oakey Army Aviation Base, despite the Federal Government's decision to cut some training programs.

  19. Toowoomba council cutting free parking times in some CBD streets

    The Toowoomba Regional Council says it has slashed the time motorists can park in the CBD for free because too many are abusing the privilege.

  20. Lockyer catchment scores 'D' on Healthy Waterways Report Card

    A conservation group has given the Lockyer catchment, in southern Queensland, a 'D' health rating.

  21. Tender process to address Toowoomba second range crossing design concerns: Seeney

    Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney says the tendering process will iron out any flaws in the design of the Toowoomba second range crossing.

  22. Labor pledges to end approval of 100pc FIFO mines

    The Queensland Opposition Leader has announced a Labor government would not approve any more major resource projects that are entirely reliant on fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers.

  23. Mixed message on latest SEQ waterways report card

    The latest Healthy Waterways report shows drought has hit freshwater catchments in south-east Queensland.

  24. GP group says doctors to get more say under Primary Health Networks

    A Darling Downs' GP group has welcomed new changes to primary health care.

  25. Truckie dies in crash near Marlborough

    A 45-year-old truck driver is dead after his semi-trailer overturned north of Rockhampton.

  26. Rising education costs 'crippling' remote communities

    An education lobby group says families are being driven away from small towns because government support is not keeping pace with the rising costs of boarding school.

  27. Toowoomba bypass bidders expected to call on local businesses

    A southern Queensland business group says it believes foreign bidders for the Toowoomba bypass project will rely heavily on local subcontractors and suppliers.

  28. Queensland schools 'will lose billions in federal revenue'

    Queensland schools are set to take a $4 billion hit to their revenues over the next decade due to cuts announced in the federal budget in May, according to the state's education department.

    Education Queensland's analysis, obtained by the ABC in a Right to Information request, revealed Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek was advised that over the 10 years from 2014, state schools would be $1.66 billion worse off.

    Non-government schools fared worse, with cuts totalling $2.284 billion.

    The revenue reduction formed part of $80 billion in savings announced by the Federal Government in the areas of health and education.

  29. Hope for 'high-tech' early warning scheme to spare Oakey future flood pain

    The Toowoomba Regional Council says a new warning system, and community support, should help the town of Oakey avoid a repeat of the January 2011 floods that caused millions of dollars of damage.

  30. Rehab clinic cites rise in patients using 'ice'

    A Darling Downs' rehabilitation centre says it is seeing a huge spike in patients using the drug 'ice'.

  31. Residents fear coal mining imminent in Brisbane Valley

    Brisbane Valley locals fear coal mining is imminent in valuable farming land following recent amendments to mining laws.

  32. Minister rejects push to allow pet rabbits in Qld

    The Queensland Government has rejected calls to make pet rabbits legal, with Agriculture Minister John McVeigh saying two online petitions and a campaign calling for pet bunnies to be approved will fall on deaf ears.

  33. Skytrans laments loss of subsidised air routes

    A regional airliner says it is disappointed to have lost three subsidised air routes in regional Queensland.

  34. Bypass to make Beaudesert 'customer and visitor friendly'

    A Scenic Rim business group says a new bypass around the town of Beaudesert is a win for the community.

  35. More gas won't combat climate change

    Increased use of gas around the world is not the answer to climate change, as the fuel will just replace cleaner energy sources, according to a new international study.

  36. BA Economics managing director Dr Brian Fisher discussing new research on how gas impacts on climate change

    BA Economics managing director Brian Fisher says making policy to combat climate change is more complex than people think. read more here
  37. Maranoa Mayor backs renewed QantasLink contract

    The Maranoa Mayor says the council was right to reject increased competition on the air route servicing the town of Roma.

  38. Forum puts spotlight on rural telehealth

    The organiser of a major telehealth conference in Toowoomba says some workers still need to be convinced about the benefits of the practice.

  39. Rex to take over five regional air routes

    Regional Express (Rex) is set to take over more subsidised air routes in regional Queensland next year.

  40. Toowoomba chamber shrugs off falling business confidence

    The Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce and Industry says the region's economic diversity should help it withstand further economic shocks.

  41. Number of workers on CSG export projects tipped to fall

    A resources company executive expects the number of people working on Queensland's coal seam gas (CSG) export projects to drop drastically over the next 12 months.

  42. Hope for dig to unearth more Drayton history

    Archaeologists are hoping to discover more hidden gems at a dig at a Darling Downs icon this week.

  43. Irrigators in the Macquarie look again at hemp

    Farmers in the NSW central west are taking another look at hemp as an alternative to growing cotton.

  44. Newman accused of 'demonising' solar for asset worth

    The Australian Solar Council says the Queensland Premier is trying to demonise solar power to boost the value of electricity assets ahead of their privatisation.

  45. Woman tied up in Toowoomba home invasion

    Police are appealing to the public for help in finding two women who robbed another woman in Toowoomba on the weekend.

  46. ADF asked to pay for health tests amid Oakey chemical contamination fears

    Health tests will be conducted on residents who live near the scene of a potential chemical contamination on southern Queensland's Darling Downs.

  47. Charleville chamber says business picking up since sidetrack opening

    A business group says Charleville's tourism sector has been boosted with the opening of a major road into the town.

  48. Mental Health Week looks to overcome stigmas

    A mental health worker in south-west Queensland says people need to start looking at mental heath problems as an illness.

  49. Political analyst predicts PUP woes to benefit LNP

    A political analyst says the LNP in southern Queensland will benefit from the fragmentation of the Palmer United Party (PUP).

  50. Minister pledges support to continue Warrego Highway revamp

    The Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister says the department will continue to upgrade the Warrego Highway west of Toowoomba.