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Strikes continue

MORE than 4000 Bowen Basin mine workers will next week down tools in protest to stalled enterprise agreement negotiations with resource giant BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance.

CFMEU district president Stephen Smyth said the further action was evidence of the workers' distrust and displeasure at BMA.

The stoppages will reportedly last for a week, and begin on Thursday morning.

Campfire safety

THE Queensland Fire and Rescue Service are reminding holiday makers to be mindful of the dangers when barbecuing and lighting campfires over the Easter break.

Central Region QFRS assistant commissioner Ewan Cayzer said it was important residents were particularly aware of the risks associated with open fires at campsites.

"Campfires should always be extinguished with water, not dirt or sand," Mr Cayzer said.

The QFRS also urged residents to be become complacent when firing up the barbecue, and supervision of small children around open flames should be a priority.

Capella's top-shelf

WORLD-CLASS performances by major arts organisations and ground-breaking productions from emerging artists will soon tour to venues across Australia, including Capella.

Arts Minister Simon Crean announced $3.5 million in funding through the Playing Australia program for 16 performing arts companies to tour productions in venues across the country.

"We are taking major performances from the capital cities to the regions, to ensure all Australians have the opportunity to experience the very best in theatre, dance and music," Mr Crean said. "From ballet and opera to beatboxing and breakdancing, this is an exciting opportunity for communities across Australia."

Mine jobs jump

RECENT figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the mining industry jumped to second place as the nation's biggest provider of new jobs after health and aged care.

Queensland gained 24,000 workers in a year. In the same time period, Victoria lost 34,000 and New South Wales lost 30,000.

Western Australia gained 54,000 new jobs in the year to February.

Become a CH ambassador

DO you have four hours a week to spare?

Do you love meeting new people?

Capricorn Enterprise wants you to be one of its volunteer ambassadors at Emerald's Visitor Information Centre.

You will receive training in promoting all the wonderful tourist attractions on offer, as well as opportunities to visit leading attractions and resorts. Call Natalie on 49824142 or email natalielane@ capricorntourism.com.au

Computer courses

THE Emerald library is holding free interactive computer courses over six weeks from May 2 to June 6.

Internet safety, Facebook and Skype usage are part of the course.

Call the library on 49823311 or email emerald- library@chrc.qld.gov.au.

Bookings are essential.

New chairman for Bandanna

BANDANNA Energy has announced the appointment of independent non-executive director John Pegler as board of directors chairman.

Mr Pegler joined Bandanna as a director on January 1.

A mining engineer by trade, Mr Pegler has 39 years experience in open-cut and underground resource development, and coal mining and processing operations.


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Baker backs 100% FIFO ban

Isaac Mayor Anne Baker

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Moisture check: Graeme Tuttle checking moisture consistency in all layers of stabilised pavement.

Isaac's essential agricultural corridor has received rehabilitation.

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Come and celebrate Elmo's third birthday

Special Story Time sessions will be held in libraries across the region

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

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Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

Win your love with tickets

SMILES: Staff and children from Outside School Hours Care are fundraising for a new playground at the centre.

DAZZLE your darling with tickets to this year's Valentine's Day Ball

Be bowled over with fun at Australia Day

FACE OF REGION: Isaac Regional Council is proud to welcome world champion Brett Wilkie as the region's official Australia Day Ambassador for 2017.

Don't miss the Australia Day activities planned for the Isaac Region

Why Emma Watson turned down Cinderella

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Gal Gadot in a scene from the movie Wonder Woman.

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Jamie Dornan doesn’t blame you for hating 50 Shades

Sunday auction for historical home

Former Catholic school sure to attract spirited bidding

Looking back, looking ahead in Noosa

NEVER-ENDING GLORY: Looking towards Laguna Bay and Hastings St from Noosa National Park.

Natural appeal of Noosa continues to attract buyers

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

'Difficult times': Rental prices tipped to increase in 2017

GREAT BUYS: There are some great rentals and houses to buy in South Gladstone. Head to gladstoneobserver.com.au for the top 10 homes under $100 to rent right now in the Gladstone region.

Investors may soon see a "profitable return” on properties.

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