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  1. A 50 per cent increase in data allowances in peak periods and a doubling of off-peak data on the Sky Muster satellite network has been universally welcomed by rural and regional lobby groups, which have long argued for an end to the data drought. Regional Communications Minister Fiona Nash announced the new maximum monthly data limit of 300GB (peak and off-peak) would apply from October, compared with the existing cap of 75GB.
  2. A doubling of data allowances in peak periods on the Sky Muster satellite network is welcomed by rural and regional lobby groups.

  3. Long-time ABC gardening talkback expert, Toowoomba's Rod Hultgren, has been remembered as a passionate gardener with an encyclopaedic knowledge of plants.

  4. Advocates say new legislation to guarantee access to broadband services for all premises should not imperil fixed line services.

  5. The LNP denies it has called for federal back-up to boost the party's popularity in regional Queensland seats ahead of the next election.

  6. A mental health service is urging the police community to be "vigilant" following a spate of tragedies impacting the Queensland Police Service in recent weeks.

  7. A central Queensland woman is spending her estate while she is living to make the dreams of young rural and remote students come true.

  8. The Queensland Government may have budgeted $5.2 million to boost development in rural communities, but agricultural groups have decried the overall outlay as "very beige", not proactive and lacking vision.

  9. A drug commonly prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis and is not available in Australia for perispinal injection has been found to be useful and only available in Florida.

  10. A new program supporting young innovators in regional Australia is launched by the ABC and the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

  11. Queensland might have lost on the footy field last week, but the state's been quick to bounce back by winning the annual Water of Origin competition.

  12. A Guard of Honour made up of hundreds of past and present Queensland police officers line a Toowoomba street as part of the farewell to Senior Constable Brett Forte, who was shot dead by a gunman late last month.

  13. Representatives of police agencies from across Australia and as far away as America will be among the 5,000 people expected to attend this morning's funeral for Senior Constable Brett Forte, who was killed in the line of duty in Toowoomba late last month.

  14. Senior Constable Brett Forte will be farewelled in Queensland's largest police funeral in six years, with streets in Toowoomba to be closed for a guard of honour on Wednesday.

  15. A farmers' market owner fears consumers will lose the ability to buy local if they do not change shopping habits.

  16. Ten lung cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy at Toowoomba Hospital were administered half-strength doses of the drug, but the Health Minister insists it was not a mistake.

  17. Canadian authorities find the body of a Toowoomba man missing for four days after a canoeing accident.

  18. Candice Hedge, one of three Australians injured in a terror attack in London, was trying to hide from one of the terrorists when he spotted her, doubled back and stabbed her in the throat, family members tell the ABC.

  19. Queensland police confronted cop killer Rick Maddison with their best tactical defence equipment, but even that took a battering as the gunman fired upon officers with a high-powered weapon.

  20. The family of Rick Maddison, who gunned down Senior Constable Brett Forte earlier this week, says his actions "cannot be excused" and are unlikely to ever be fully understood.

  21. The ambush killing of Queensland policeman Brett Forte will be in the minds of officers called out to jobs, the union says, as the probe into his death and that of gunman Rick Maddison continues.

  22. More chilling details emerge about the fatal shooting of a 37-year-old policeman and the subsequent siege with 40-year-old Rick Maddison, west of Brisbane.

  23. It is not yet known how gunman Rick Maddison — a known criminal — managed to obtain a powerful weapon to kill a police officer, but experts say it was probably imported illicitly and more needs to be done to combat the problem.

  24. One of Brett Forte's closest mates says he will treasure their 27-year friendship, describing the Queensland policeman as loyal, caring and passionate about serving the community.

  25. A man who killed a police officer in Queensland's Lockyer Valley has been shot dead after holding police at bay during an overnight siege in a remote farmhouse.
  26. The gunman shot dead after killing officer Brett Forte in Queensland's Lockyer Valley had a history of violence and was wanted for questioning, senior police say.

  27. A stand-off continues in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane, with police surrounding a remote farmhouse where a gunman possibly armed with an automatic weapon is holed up after shooting dead a policeman yesterday.

  28. Queensland police are negotiating with a man suspected of "opening fire" on a number of police cars in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane, killing Senior Constable Brett Forte (pictured).

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

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

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

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

  36. 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.

  37. 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.