Central Highlands' fast news

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@

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-

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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Walk-in mine a gem

UP FOR AWARD: The Miners Heritage Walk-In Mine tour.

The Miners Heritage Walk-In Mine is competing for a tourism award

New store opened in Clermont

KENNEDY & GRACE: Store owner Chloe Hodgkinson with her children in the new shop in Clermont.

Clermont is home to the newly re-opened Kennedy & Grace.

Girls night out in memory of Kim-Marie Brown

SUPPORT: Grace Ferguson with her parents Kyle and Kim, at the day for diabetes held in Dingo at the weekend.
Photo Meghan Kidd / CQ News

Girls Night Out in memory of Kim-Marie Brown.

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Barry Gibb is coming to Bluesfest 2017

FANS: Barry Gibb talks to a fan next to a cardboard cutout of his young self.

Aged 70, Gibb has re-launched his solo music career with a new album

Peter Pan comes to Emerald

Peter Pan comes to the Central Highlands.

Peter Pan flies in to the Central Highlands this month

A little mystery adds fun to this event

SOIREE: Executive committee member, Rach McDowall.

Enjoy a mysterious night out at the Shed Soiree.

Top floor teams take out The Block's terrace week

Kim and Chris pictured on their winning outdoor terrace in a scene from The Block.

RIVALS Kim and Chris and Julia and Sasha tie in final week of work.

Bob Dylan slammed as 'arrogant' for Nobel silence

Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan.

Singer the controversial winner of literature Nobel

Shannen Doherty reveals fear of dying in post on chemo

Actor Shannen Doherty shared this image of her lying in a hospital bed after a chemotherapy session.

Actor has been fighting cancer since 2015

Eddie Redmayne's stage fright on latest Harry Potter film

Actor Eddie Redmayne stars in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Actor felt like kid again when he got to film with a wand

Salma Hayek: 'Trump planted story because I turned him down'

Actor Salma Hayek is the latest woman who says U.S presidential nominee Donald Trump acted inappropriately.

Salma Hayek latest woman to accuse Trump of misconduct

Leonardo DiCaprio nearly drowned while filming

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio

Oscar winner almost drowned in Galapagos

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track