Cass Pickard knows she has what it takes to bring home gold

BACK in August, Emerald powerlifter Cass Pickard’s career was in jeopardy and all her year’s progress as an athlete in doubt. A 10-year-old hernia tear had flared...

Hawkeys deck halls

MRS CLAUS: Sharon Hawkey is ready to switch on her Christmas lights tonight.

Hawkeys deck halls

Santa to deliver sweet treats

LOLLY DROP: Santa will be making an early delivery in Blackwater next week.

Santa to deliver sweet treats

Smooth move for students

COOKIE CUTTERS: Blackwater North State School Year 6 students Jada Broderick, Delaney Window and Amber Lancaster test their skills in the home economics kitchen.

Smooth move for students

Black Lung cases confirmed in Queensland

Caval Ridge Mine opening- 100% FIFO mine Photo Lee Constable / Daily Mercury

Black Lung cases confirmed in Queensland

Happy retirement Mrs Roberts

APPRECIATED: Jim Pearce hands over a plaque to thank Tiny Tots director Yvonne Roberts for her many years service. Photo Meghan Kidd / CQ News

Happy retirement Mrs Roberts

The big questions

QUESTION TIME: Central Highlands councillor Peter Maundrell.

The big questions

Road heartache Kids unable to go to school due to road

CHRC deputy mayor councillor Gail Nixon with Gregory MP Lachlan Millar Springsure-Tambo Rd made safe.

Road heartache Kids unable to go to school due to road

Emerald bullrider eyes on the prize at PBR home event

Guy Ford in the Open Bull Ride at the Great Western Hotel Near Year Teams Bull Riding Challenge. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin

“It would mean the world, be unreal, to get a win here."

MPS say Jim Pearce is a negative representative of region

Mirani MP Jim Pearce told unionists at a Brisbane rally he supports changing FIFO laws. Photo: Geoff Egan / APN NEWSDESK

MPS say Jim Pearce is a negative representative of region

Bluff races a 7-card day

Abby Newman, Olivia Hamilton and Amanda O'Neil. Photo Meghan Kidd / CQ News

Bluff races a 7-card day

Barbecue with PBR best

JC Davis on Smoke and Ice. PBR All Star Challenge, Bull Ride, Toowoomba. Saturday, Oct 03, 2015 . Photo Nev Madsen / The Chronicle

Emerald PBR competitors announced, meet and greet this Friday

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OPINION: 'Women of Achievement' Calendar sets tone for 2016

Prestigious tyre manufacturer Pirelli's calendar has tongues wagging

Child abduction attempts: Stranger danger still vital

Attempted child abductions reports in Toowoomba, Roma and Chinchilla

Is truth about Islam being whitewashed in Australia?

Former SAS commander calls for honest debate about Islam, terrorism

Toowoomba teen in Syria talks on Paris terror attacks

Oliver Bridgeman Photo Contributed

Everyone is shocked and the media is going crazy (about Paris)

DATING: There’s a smorgasbord of stereotypes to test

Paul Hogan.

What stereotypes we apply to the opposite sex from exotic places?

OPINION: Face the truth or we remain virtual liars

I’m a happy, insightful, witty, amazing bloke.. but only on Facebook

Man taken to hospital after being shot to the leg

Paramedics went to scene of a single-vehicle accident this morning

The incident took place near Maryborough on Snapper St, Ferney

Three vital steps for treating a snake bite

Inland Taipan snake. Photo Contributed

First aid steps to treat a snake bite

Queensland facing long, dry hot summer

Bureau of Meteorology confirms 2014 was third hottest year on record in Australia. PHOTO: Justin Clark/CONTRIBUTED

Widespread flooding of Queensland less likely under El Nino

UPDATE: Fire at Historical Museum treated as suspicious

IN FLAMES: Fire fighters are battling a blaze at the Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum.

Fire investigators will head to the scene of the fire on Wednesday

Gold Coast mayor: Keep foot on bikies' throats

Gold Coast Mayor warns Labor Government not to wind back bikie laws

Man charged with murder over fatal truck crash

Tuesday's accident came a horror day on south-east Queensland roads, with two people dying in this crash on Monday morning. Photo: 7 News Queensland

Police allege man assaulted, causing him to fall onto roadway

Mal Brough's defence not supported by 60 Minutes video

Member for Fisher Mal Brough appears on 60 Minutes, admitting he advised Peter Slipper's staffer to take photos of the Speaker's diary

Mal Brough's defence not backed by 60 Minutes transcript

Schoolyard shock as 12-year-old allegedly stabs classmate

Students have been left shaken after witnessing an alleged stabbing

Indigenous languages become HSC school subject in NSW

New course in schools to help maintain Aboriginal cultures

Japan thumbs nose at world on whaling

BLOODY BUSINESS: A mother whale and her calf are dragged on board a Japanese ship.

Conservation Society calls for collective effort against whaling

Foreign aid dollars shuffled for Green Climate Fund

Deputy opposition leader Julie Bishop joined Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd to announce almost $200,000 funding for the Meteors Sports Club on Glenlyon Road in Gladstone. Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer

Labor and the Greens say climate fund should not be at expense of aid

Seniors slam home sell-up call

Group urges commission"let go of obsession" with older Aussie's homes

Why doesn't the US call white people terrorists?

Robert L Dear is suspected of first degree murder following a shooting at an abortion clinic in Colorado last week

Why are white mass murderers always called 'loners'?

People are naming their babies after Instagram filters

In fairness, maybe people just really like the name X-Pro II.

'Do the Nae Nae, punch Hitler': Kid's take on holy rules

The 11-year-old has 'updated' what thou shalt do and not do. Photo / ucfjag, Reddit

What would the 10 commandments be like if an 11-year-old wrote them?

WATCH: Why did the Koala cross the road? To climb a tourist

Koala mistakes tourist's leg for a climbable tree

Is PSY's new song 'Daddy' as catchy as Gangnam Style?

A still from PSY's video clip for 'Daddy'.

Merry Christmas, the world's favourite Korean pop star is back

VIDEO: Readers say dancing cop is a top bloke

Gladstone's dancing cop Constable Dominic McGee broke up the boredom of traffic controlling over the weekend with some fun moves. Photo Campbell Gellie / The Observer

Constable Dominic McGee had a blast directing traffic for 14 hours

Pirelli shuns supermodels for Serena Williams, Amy Schumer

Comedian Amy Schumer and tennis legend Serena Williams in the annual Pirelli calendar, which has this year moved away from its traditional supermodel subjects, to women who are achievers.

You probably won't see this one pinned up in the mechanic's garage

Teens evade taxi fare as ‘their brains are still growing’

The bunch of teens panicked and ran off from the taxi without paying

Irish comic's letter to ISIS: 'What's the craic lads?'

Irish comedian Finchie Cova has written to ISIS, asking the terror group why his country is in its bad books

He delivers a harsh warning to ISIS to not blow up his favourite pub

Kim Kardashian West's baby is no longer breech

Kim Kardashian West's baby is no longer breech

Tyga fails to close on house purchase

Tyga has failed to close on the purchase of his new home three times

Coco Austin's breastfeeding pain

Coco Austin's nipples feel like they are "gonna fall off"

Kristin Cavallari shares baby picture

Kristin Cavallari has shared a picture of her daughter online

Union: Three cases of black lung recorded in three months

Black Lung is caused by a build up of coal dust in the lungs.

Black Lung is caused by a build up of coal dust in the lungs

What two weeks without exercise does to your body

When people are exercising regularly, they have more healthy food cravings.

Tempted to ditch the gym for drinks and Christmas dinners?

Can we justify killing animals for food?

"Given cattle are major producers of greenhouse gases, on balance, it would be better if they didn't exist", says a bioethics professor. Photo / Getty

Philosophers discuss the ethics of eating our animal friends

Job losses in Rocky as Hastings Deering reshuffles

50 job losses will be shared between Rockhampton and Mackay

Glenmar takes truck-permit fight to heavy vehicle regulator

Glenmar Fuels truck crossing culvert near the Allora depot.

Council rejected application for B-double permit to drive to shed

RBA leaves cash rate on hold at 2 per cent

The Reserve Bank has decided to leave the cash rate on hold

Local bakers gives the Sunshine Coast a delightful boost

Brads Master Bread Making with Heyfield Bakery

Local bakers gives the Sunshine Coast a delightful boost

Jetstar faces pointed flak as launches in NZ

The Air New Zealand ad run in the New Zealand Herald newspaper.

Jetstar's 50-seat Bombardier Q300 is due to take off from Napier

Walton says: I can’t recall

The Walton collapse left Sunshine Coast sub-contractors $2.9m out of pocket.

Liquidator Grant Thornton has reserved the right to recall Walton