Big ambitions: Mayor outlines bold plans for 2017

TOURISM, rates and solar. These are the three major focuses that Fraser Coast mayor Chris Loft wants to focus on for 2017.

Fraser Coast council yet to pay banyan tree fine

The pruning of the banyan tree.

The council hasn't paid the banyan tree fine.

No records broken, but Maryborough still sizzled

The heat is on - Pat Lord from Maryborough keeping cool with a wet towel around her neck.

The temperature reached 36.9 in Maryborough.

Guilty plea to crashing car into Urangan home

Damage to a house at the corner of Pulgul and Miller streets in Urangan after a 4WD ran into the bedroom.

The 58-year-old was five times over the legal alcohol limit.

Married at First Sight: M'boro dad to feature on reality TV

LOOKING FOR LOVE: Farmer Sean Hollands, 35, from Maryborough will feature on the upcoming new season of Married At First Sight.

A bull riding accident put everything into perspective for Sean.

ID scanners could become the norm at nightclubs after Feb 17

LOCKOUT LAWS: ID scanners could be made mandatory in Queensland nightclubs from Feb 17.

The laws would apply to venues in Maryborough and Hervey Bay.

Art and science to join forces for new project

EXPLORING: Maryborough artists Kelli MacGregor and Gina Davey finding inspiration on the beach at the front of USC's Research and Learning Centre on Fraser Island. Their work will form part of a Fraser Island exhibition exploring the connection between science and art.

Project showcases art and science on Fraser Island

Investigation continues into fatal boat crash

TERRIBLE ORDEAL: The boat was recovered from the water on Tuesday after being involved in an accident that left a woman dead on December 27.

Owners still be spoken to by police

Beat the heat: top tips for a healthy summer garden

Possum Paradise owner Simone Youman with vegie seedlings. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Plants will survive the heat if you prepare and pick correctly.

20 new charges for alleged fishing gear thief

CAUGHT: $50,000 worth of fishing gear was allegedly found by police at the home of Brendan James Rafter.

Man accused of stealing more than $50K of rods, reels and tackle.

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M'Boro plant upgrades facility to accommodate boom

Adrian McCourt (laminated timber projects mgr.) at Hyne Glulam with the K2I Hundegger machine.

A rare machine has been added to their glue laminating plant.

$11 million upgrade for Hervey Bay aged care facility

Pets visit to Anglicare Kirami Residential Care at Point Vernon - Lee and Dee Chapman get a visit from the easter bunny and Colin Hill from Hervey Bay Animal Refuge. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Anglicare raises concerns over "chronic shortage" of aged care beds

$150,000 in grants to unearth digital talent in regions

Australian Information Industry Association chief Rob Fitzpatrick talking about a $150,000 grants program to unearth innovation from businesses, educators and communities using the National Broadband Network.

Unearthing NBN success stories may result in innovation being shared

Vegemite back in Australian hands

Vegemite is the go-to for sandwiches on Australia Day. Photo contributed

Bega Cheese strikes $460 million deal

Farmers turn to 'Airbnb for campers' for their survival

Calvert farmer Dave Colgan is looking at joining Youcamp to boost his income.

"There aren't many who are able to make a go of it just farming"

99,000 tonnes of bridge supports used on Range crossing

Over the coming months, 500 Super T girders and 600 deck units will be transported for use across the project alignment.

Toowoomba Second Range Crossing works are steaming ahead

50 Shades of Bli Bli: Adult theme park plans revealed

THE MIND BOGGLES: Potential buyers of Sunshine Castle at Bli Bli have considered a range of different themes, including an 'adult entertainment venue'.

Sunshine Castle looks to new, prosperous future.

Businesses desperate for $20,000 tax write-off policy

Business confidence is down as the mining outlook weakens.

The government has room to gain favour with SMEs with simple changes

Union 'moves on' after $2.8M blow out, 20% member money drop

SHOWING STRENGTH: CFMEU district vice-president Glenn Power at a May Day march. Mr Power believes the rise of labour hire has contributed to declining membership.

Some point to the falling relevance of trade unions nationally.

One Nation a big chance at next state election: Letter

'One Nation might not be the answer, but we are at the stage where both the Labor and Liberal parties are truly not.'

Man calls for research into homosexuality 'affliction'

Gay marriage.

17 November 2014

Photo Gemima Harvey/ Coffs Coast Advocate

Gay acts are not 'here to stay' says man

The management of dingoes is a sham: letter

This writer says dangerous dingo/tourist encounters on Fraser Island are increasing.

A reader described dingo management as a sham

OPINION: Enough! Stop bullying our political leaders

I'M UPSET with how the public treat our political leaders.

Why don't they campaign for daylight saving in winter?

IDEAS: Change the clocks altogether, forever.

Another take on this age old debate

MY SAY: So you have a QTAC offer, eh?

UNIVERSITY: Plenty of people don't make it to graduation so it's a good idea to do your homework before starting a course.

Before you accept that QTAC university offer really look into things

Comment: Nick Kyrgios’ dirty little secret laid bare

Why tennis star passionately adored while also purely loathed

Wanted man saw cop car, panicked, drove off cliff

Suspected drug driver drives off cliff in Gympie.

Car smashes into trees after careening down hill

Woman driving 7 times limit and she's been caught before

The Gladstone Police are out in force these school holidays to make people more aware not to drink and drive and not to speed. Photo Brenda Strong/The Observer

But it was not her only high-range reading.

Naked woman seen wandering main street

Concerns for woman seen wearing only backpack

Sussan Ley's awkward return to social media

Sussan Ley has stayed on as the MP for Farrer and shows no sign of budging.

Sussan Ley quietly took back to social media yesterday

Your chance to drive like Magnum P.I.

Tom Selleck in Magnum P.I. with his trusty 'side-kick' Ferrari.

FERRARI that appeared on classic detective show goes to auction.

Fly here for $159. Forget Thailand and Bali

UNESCO World Heritage city, Hoi An

Tickets go on sale today, with a 12-hour launch sale

An emotional Mike Baird: 'There was great personal cost'

"After 10 years in public life, this moment for me has arrived."

Target finds bugs in Christmas confectionery

Target store generic

Beetles contaminate Target confectionery leading to recall

Facebook bans ads for pregnancy services

Midwife Amanda Bude is having difficulty advertising on Facebook as they continue to ban photos of fully dressed pregnant women. Amanda is pictured working with Haley Hughes, who is 9 months pregnant, on a hypnotherapy birth.

Advertisements with baby-bump photos are being deemed too offensive

FOUND: Hero pup Penelope reunited with best mate Joshua

Penelope and Joshua

She helped rescuers find Josh but has now gone missing herself

Australia Day girls in hijabs going national now

A major crowdfunding campaign was launcheed to restore the Australia Day hijab billboard.

More than $115,000 raised in crowdfunding campaign for ads

Was Pauline Hanson really invited to Trump's party?

Pauline Hanson

One Nation senator Brian Burston will now attend the inauguration

Pressure mounts on Assange to allow US extradition

Julian Assange. Photo: AAP

Obama's pardons lead to mounting pressure on Julian Assange

Jihadis upload video promising more Turkish terror attacks

Vow to wage 'jihad' follows arrest of suspect in nightclub massacre

Former Apprentice files sexual suit against Trump

Summer Zervos first spoke about Mr Trump's alleged inappropriate behaviour last year

US president-elect accused of kissing, groping Summer Zervos

Curious case of missing ginger pig

SARCIS investigated the theft of multiple farm animals.

Stock crime detectives looking for missing farm animals

Family of Granville man who lost house in fire thank public

The remains of a home in Granville after a fire gutted it in the early hours of January 12.

“He got out in just a pair of shorts and with his dog."

OPINION: I love you all, but get out of here

I love my grandchildren - if only kids weren't so messy!

I look forward to the end of January as much as the end of December

Why Sizzler will give away its cheese toast next week

MEET SAM: Everybody... I'd like you to meet Sam. He is enjoying some famous cheese toast. He loves it so much he wanted a snap of himself eating it. Photo Matt Green

Sizzler handing out free cheese toast, unless you're in Bundaberg

Pauline Hanson fires up at journo over travel question

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson and MP Steve Dickson announce a game changing move in the next Queensland State election.

“Excuse me,” she said, cutting off the question.

Newlyweds' act of kindness

Bronia Tindall and Fabrizio Clementi share a slice of their wedding cake with homeless man, Miller Patane, outside on Saturday. Photo by Ben Franks/Steve May/one2one Photography

"Not very many people are kind to me"

Bowie's final music EP No Plan released

NEW: Artwork for David Bowie's posthumous 2016 EP, No Plan.

David Bowie's 28th and final album

Married At First Sight: Ipswich bachelor seeks love

READY FOR IT: Ipswich man Simon McQuillan will appear on the upcoming new season of Married At First Sight.

Romance would top off recovery for Booval man

Dinky-di Denyer: Family Feud favourite hosts Oz Day party

Grant Denyer will host Channel 10's Australia Day concert from the Sydney Opera House.

GRANT Denyer shares his Australia Day traditions ahead of concert.

Chelsea Handler blames the Kardashians for Donald Trump win

Chelsea Handler pictured in a scene from her talk show in Los Angeles.

TALK show host blames rise of reality TV family for election result.

Law & Order’s Trump inspired episode is still in limbo

The cast of Law & Order: SVU season 18, from left, Kelli Giddish, Raul Esparza, Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T and Peter Scanavino. Supplied by Channel 10.

SHOW'S mastermind unsure if or when twice-delayed episode will air.

Dating between the sheets on national TV?

Singles meet for the first time in their underwear in the SBS TV series Undressed.

NO shortage of singles willing to get Undressed with a stranger.