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  1. New solar feed-in tariffs promise fairer power pricing: competition authority

    The Queensland Competition Authority says new solar feed-in tariffs for regional areas will make electricity pricing fairer for all customers.

  2. National Police Remembrance Day: Song pays tribute to police 'courage and dedication'

    A Queensland police Inspector says he hopes a song he wrote will remind the community of the sacrifices officers make.

  3. Academic downplays fears over falling Australian dollar

    A University of Southern Queensland academic says most sectors of the economy should not fear the falling Australian dollar.

  4. Glynis Schultz named south-west health service chief executive

    The Health Minister has welcomed the appointment of a permanent chief executive at the South-West Hospital and Health Service.

  5. Deputy coroner's call to ban quad bikes for kids under 16

    Children under 16 should not be allowed to ride quad bikes, says deputy coroner John Lock.

  6. More legal brothels open in Queensland

    Queensland's legal brothel industry has experienced a resurgence after a decade of almost static growth, but the state is resisting pressure to legalise outcalls.

  7. Reds to face off in City vs Country NRC clash

    Several of the Queensland Reds will be forced to put mateship aside when Brisbane City and Queensland Country meet in the NRC.

  8. Roma residents take CSG waste site issue to court

    A group of residents in southern inland Queensland are challenging a council's decision to allow waste generated by the gas industry to be dumped in an open pond.

  9. Wild dog fence needed to save sheep sector, graziers say

    Graziers in central-west Queensland say they fear the region's sheep and wool sector will not survive an onslaught of wild dogs unless a new control fence is built.

  10. Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers springs into bloom

    Thousands of visitors are expected on the Darling Downs today as Toowoomba's Carnival of Flowers begins.

  11. Scottish farmers talk about what they'll be voting in the upcoming independence referendum

    Scottish farmers Sally Williams and Andrew Farquharson have opposing views about Scotland's independence referendum. Read more here
  12. Scottish farmers are divided as they prepare to vote on independence

    European subsidies are weighing on the minds of Scottish farmers, as they prepare to vote on independence tonight.

  13. Web portals promise to be 'one-stop' place for local information

    Three rural councils are taking part in a trial program designed to give residents a better online experience.

  14. Feedlot cattle used for campdraft

  15. Organisers of the National Campdrafting Championship say competitor numbers may be restricted.

    Campdraft organiser and Warwick Show and Rodeo Society chairman Brian Boyce says entrant numbers to the National Campdrafting Championship may have to be restricted. Read more.
  16. Iraq crisis sparks calls for more police patrols around Toowoomba mosque

    Toowoomba's Islamic Society says local Muslims are being more cautious with their safety because of the ongoing crisis in Iraq.

  17. Qld police target illegal use of disabled parking bays

    Queensland police are cracking down on people who use disabled parking illegally.

  18. Diversion around truck blast zone to take 'six weeks'

    The Main Roads Department says it will take more than a month to construct a side track around the site of a truck explosion in south-west Queensland.

  19. Queensland flood devastation captured in opera

    A new Australian opera inspired by the resilience and courage of Queenslanders during the 2011 floods will have its debut this week in the state's capital.

  20. Cherbourg school cooks up healthy plan for better learning

    A Queensland Indigenous school has hired its own chef to counteract increasing problems with childhood obesity and learning difficulties.

  21. Health service counters nurses' union job cut claims

    The Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service has disputed Queensland Nurses Union (QNU) figures showing more cuts in the number of health workers.

  22. 100,000 properties in Qld at high risk for bushfires

    Almost 100,000 properties across Queensland have been identified as high risk for bushfires, with emergency services urging people to prepare for the season ahead.

  23. MH17 perpetrators 'will always deny responsibility'

    A Queensland man who lost his parents in the MH17 disaster says he believes those who caused the plane crash will always deny responsibility.

  24. Truck blast site diversions in place as travellers fear Charleville cut off

    Authorities have now put diversions in place around the site of last week's truck explosion in south-west Queensland.

  25. Parched south-west Qld keen for more drought aid as Hockey, Joyce tour region

    A southern Queensland mayor says farmers will welcome further drought assistance if the Federal Government offers it.

  26. Paul Guard, son of Jill and Roger killed on MH17, has 'misgivings' about stability of Ukraine ceasefire

    Paul Guard says although those who shot down Malaysia Airlines MH17 will always deny responsibility, what is more important is finding out who is launching missiles in suburban areas in Donetsk. Paul has also set up a fundraising effort for his parents' favourite charity, Médecins Sans Frontières - follow this link to donate.
  27. New laws limit how some stakeholders fight mining applications

    New laws introduced in Queensland will change how anti-mining groups and landholders can object to mining projects.

  28. More younger Queenslanders smoking, but overall numbers declining

    The number of cigarette smokers aged between 25 and 34 rises dramatically in Queensland.

  29. Livestock transporters discuss the logistics of trucking cattle to Port of Townsville for live export

    Truck driver Andrew Bemrose and Brenton Holmes from Schmidts Livestock Transport say live export is a big employer for north Queensland
  30. Council works on truck blast diversion amid fears for traders

    A south-west Queensland Mayor says local businesses will struggle while authorities try to find a traffic diversion around a recent truck explosion.

  31. Rural doctors fear community-run GP clinics a 'bandaid solution'

    The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) says a scheme establishing community-run GP clinics does not deal with the underlying barriers of enticing doctors to rural areas.

  32. Pulling kids into agriculture

  33. Teaching future farmers

  34. Agricultural educators and students discuss learning about the business of farming.

    Ag Show event manager Mike Richards, Drayton State School teacher Dale Klease, Queensland University student Justin Matthews and school students Neesa Buckley, Timikah Wilkie, Nikki Smith discuss the role of agricultural education in schools.
  35. More political support needed for agricultural education: former principal

    A former Queensland school principal thinks politicians need to do more to get youngsters engaged in agriculture.

  36. Investigators gain access to Qld truck explosion site

    Investigators have been granted access to the site of a catastrophic truck crash and explosion that injured eight people south of Charleville in south-west Queensland.

    The truck driver, two fire officers, and two passers-by remain in hospital with serious injuries, while three other rescue workers were recovering at their homes in Charleville.

    Emergency crews have described the scene as "war zone", with the explosion leaving a five-metre-wide crater in the landscape.

    A two-kilometre exclusion zone was declared after the truck, carting more than 50 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, crashed and rolled about 10:00pm (AEST) on Friday.

  37. Ammonia truck explosion site unstable: fire chief

    The site of an ammonia truck explosion near Charleville in Queensland's south-west is still too unsafe for authorities to enter, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) says.

    An exclusion zone remains in place at the scene of the blast, which occurred after a truck carting more than 50 tonnes of ammonium nitrate crashed and rolled about 10:00pm (AEST) on Friday.

    Eight men, including a police officer and four firefighters, were injured in the blast, which police said was so powerful it "disintegrated" the truck, destroyed two firefighting vehicles and two bridges and blew a hole in the Mitchell Highway.

    The Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) said the road damage would cause big problems for the national transport and heavy vehicle industry.

  38. Business chamber touts benefits of new Sydney-Toowoomba flights

    The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland says new flights to Toowoomba will boost business in the region.

  39. All eyes on Bloodwood Creek UCG decision

    A gas company says the industry is watching as the Queensland Government decides whether to approve an underground coal gasification (UCG) project on the Western Downs.

  40. Calls for magistrates to assess mental impairments

    Parents of a mentally impaired woman convicted of shoplifting say Queensland's laws need to be changed to give magistrates the power to make assessments on intellectual impairments.

  41. Some farmers too 'proud' to claim drought aid funding

    Maranoa MP Bruce Scott says some farmers are not claiming the Farm Household Allowance because they are reluctant to go into a Centrelink office.

  42. Service to farewell high-flying pioneering outback doctor

    One of the nation's pioneer women aviators will be remembered at a memorial service in Brisbane today.

  43. Flying foxes

  44. Strawberries sell cheaply at a major supermarket

  45. Youth jobless rate reflects 'toughest market seen'

    A Darling Downs' training provider says new national employment figures highlight how tough it is for young people to get full-time work locally.

  46. Kangaranga Do Festival to 'lift spirits' in Quilpie

    A small south-west Queensland town is hoping for a big economic boost today, thanks to travellers heading west.

  47. Laidley State High School blaze considered suspicious

    Police are investigating the cause of a fire at a Lockyer Valley high school.

  48. Travellers offered lower fares or more services

    The Queensland Government wants people to vote on how $30 million will be spent on public transport.

  49. Qld campaign aims to free up hospital emergency departments

    Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg says more than $160 million would be saved if people did not burden hospital emergency departments with minor ailments.

  50. South Burnett council strikes deal to help Cherbourg recycling project

    The South Burnett council has moved to support a waste recycling project in Cherbourg.