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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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New breed of laws

PAWFECT COMPANION: Isaac dog owners like Curtis Teale, pictured with husky Luca, will need to abide by new breeding laws that start today.

New dog breeding laws throughout Queensland will begin today.

Serving up a tasty fundraiser

YARNS APLENTY: Bush poet Murray Hartin will entertain diners at the Springsure State School's Paddock to Plate 2017 dinner.

Springsure State School is serving up a yummy fundraiser.

Let's seal our future prosperity

KNEE DEEP: Matthew and Bernadette Paine's daughter Grace demonstrates how the heavy traffic load causes incredible wear and tear on Springsure-Tambo Rd.

Region outgrows dirt road

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Musical tribute to flood volunteers released

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New $46.7m counter-terrorism facility to be built in Wacol

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The facility will be built over three years.

Home to a sex worker: Sordid history of iconic Coast shed

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The shed was once a liveable 'barrack'.

This is real estate's billion-dollar man

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They don’t call him the “Billion dollar man” for nothing

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

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