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  1. Despite roots in the male-dominated graffiti world, street art in regional Queensland has featured an artist line-up was half female.
  2. A regional street art festival's progressive attitude to gender equality is something other industries can learn from, say artists in Toowoomba.

  3. The key to success in ag tech is to create solutions to problems causing pain.

  4. The $8 billion inland rail project is expected to create 16,000 jobs over the next eight years and environmental scientists may be the first in line.

  5. Delving into the dark world of sex abuse cover-ups, Don't Tell is an ambitious first outing for director Tori Garrett. But it's no Spotlight.

  6. The producer of a film dealing with a young woman's battle to fight institutional cover up of abuse hopes it will inspire others to speak up.

  7. The Federal Government announces a new $4 billion rural loan agency will be established at Orange in central west New South Wales.

  8. Australian driver Will Power wins the IndyCar Grand Prix for his maiden triumph of the season, leading 61 of 85 laps on Indianapolis Motor Speedway's road course.

  9. The Federal government has defended its failure to put down any new money in the budget to fix mobile phone blackspots or boost internet services. The Minister for Regional Communications says the existing funding initiatives are responding to demands for a better telecommunications deal for the bush. Fiona Nash says 765 new mobile phone towers are being rolled out now under a 220 million dollar initiative, with a firm commitment to do more once they are finished.
  10. The Regional Communications Minister says it is physically impossible to roll out any more new mobile phone infrastructure than what is already being funded.

  11. A former refugee who made a home in regional Queensland returns to South Sudan on a mission to spread peace.

  12. Good autumn rain and floods caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie are not enough to break the back of a crippling drought still affecting 70 per cent of Queensland.

  13. Take a closer look at exactly what Queenslanders can expect out of Treasurer Scott Morrison's second budget.

  14. The Federal Government has made a play to shore up its regional base, through major commitments to infrastructure projects designed to make living in the country easier and more prosperous.

  15. More than $8 billion for inland freight rail and $1 billion for Landcare feature among Federal Government commitments for farmers in the budget.

  16. A former Queensland ambulance officer is sentenced to 13 years in jail for "depraved" sexual abuse of 22 young girls across several states over a 10-year period.

  17. Teys Australia turns its back on an industry assurance scheme it helped to initiate, citing its inability to keep up with increased demand for certified grass-fed beef.

  18. A move to crack down on rogue labour hire companies in Queensland has fallen short, according to industry representatives who nonetheless agree action is needed.

  19. Past and present firefighters in Queensland who have been exposed to toxic firefighting chemicals are receiving free blood tests, as part of a policy just signed by State Government.

  20. Australia's certified organic industry is expected to be worth more than $2 billion by next year but it is fighting to ensure fake organic claims do not damage its reputation.

  21. The Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network hearing in Townsville has heard the national broadband network likened to a 'driverless train' with no coordination or commitment by the federal government, the NBN or service providers to resolving poor service and even poorer customer relations. Queensland Country Hour listeners recently provided feedback about their download speeds after a new broadband performance monitoring initiative failed to include rural and regional users on the Sky Muster satellite or fixed wireless services. BIRRR advocate Kirsty Sparrow says poor broadband performance was only a symptom of a much bigger problem. She told the Country Hour's Charlie McKillop 'it's a jungle out there' and people struggled to find information and support needed to navigate through the telecommunications industry and iron out problems with their connectivity.
  22. Western Downs' "quiet pieces of country", which once attracted tourists, are being gradually boxed in by Queensland's large scale development.

  23. Grant Lehmann says the football star deserved something a little more "distinguished".

  24. The Federal Government's new broadband performance monitoring will not include the Sky Muster satellite which serves rural internet customers.

  25. A pair of Queensland geologists think they have struck brown gold in unearthing a rock dust capable of growing pristine grass in the middle of the Arabian desert, with hopes it will land them a massive turf deal for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

  26. Safe exposure limits for toxic firefighting foam chemicals that have contaminated land and water near Army bases are dramatically reduced by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand, prompting a class action seeking compensation from the Defence Department.

  27. Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie's reign is not yet over, authorities say, with warnings severe weather may worsen for south-east Queensland overnight.

  28. South-east Queensland is set for a drenching today with rainfall in excess of 200 millimetres possible in some localised areas, the Bureau of Meteorology warns.

  29. The Fair Work Ombudsman has responded to criticism his office is not doing enough to stamp out exploitation of workers on farms. Growers yesterday reacted angrily to revelations of another serious case of abuse, involving 22 workers from Vanuatu who were forced to work for months without pay on farms at the Lockyer Valley, Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg. But Michael Campbell told the Queensland Country Hour his officers were punching above their weight, as evidenced by the way this offender was identified, apprehended and bought before the tribunal.
  30. A labour hire operator was fined one quarter of a million dollars and found guilty by a federal judge in Queensland of exploiting 22 men from Vanuatu, some of whom were forced to work for months without wages and not even enough food to eat. But since the convicted businessman has already returned to Vanuatu, it's unlikely the workers will ever get paid. Alan Mahoney from the Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association says farmers are sickened by the abuses and want the Fair Work Ombudsman to get serious about cracking down on exploiters. Meanwhile, Growcom chief advocate Rachel Mackenzie told the Queensland Country Hour it was even more concerning the case involved an accredited employer under the federal government's Seasonal Worker Program, highlighting the lack of oversight of labour hire companies. Despite a move in Queensland to introduce a licensing regime, it required a national regulatory approach.
  31. Fruit and vegetable growers describe efforts by the Fair Work Ombudsman to stamp out farm worker exploitation as "a joke".

  32. Tom McCosker has never ventured onto the football field, held back by the fear his cerebral palsy will let the team down, but he's found his groove in a new all-boys class in Queensland's St George.

  33. The Indigenous community of Cherbourg in Queensland's South Burnett region works to rebuild one of Australia's first Aboriginal art ventures, the Barambah Potters.

  34. A person is found dead after an early morning house fire in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane.

  35. A spectacular lightning show hits Yeppoon, almost 200 millimetres of rain falls over the Sunshine Coast, and the Gold Coast wakes to heavy showers as Queensland's wet weather continues.

  36. Poor seasonal conditions and easing commodity prices are credited with causing a sharp decline in the confidence of Queensland farmers.

  37. Investment in existing operations in Bass Strait will help stabilise gas prices after 2020, but it must be done now, a report by industry consultants McKinsey and Co says.

  38. After recording its driest 12 months in history, Queensland's Fraser Coast is added to the list of drought declared regions, now spanning more than 87 percent of the state.

  39. Sheep need at least 20 per cent more space than current Australian standards to improve their welfare when being shipped overseas, a study finds.