"I made Cooper a promise and I intend to stick to it.”

"MY ultimate goal for any family is for them to one day hear the words there is a cure for brain cancer."

OPINION: After a horror week, can Council recover?

Fraser Coast Regional Council in the Maryborough council chambers.

Valid questions need to be asked of council after this week.

Bunnings supports Salvos ahead of Christmas

DIG DEEP: Bunnings team member Tam Geritz asks you to join her in supporting The Salvos.

Supporting your local Salvation Army at Bunnings.

Meet Santa at wildlife sanctuary markets

Spirit, 8 months old white dingo, is looking forward to meeting Christmas market revellers at the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary.

Santa at the Sanctuary will be at the markets on December 18.

Olds Engineering staff recreate the SS Dicky's bell

Taking home the replica SS Dicky bells were  Louise Bauer, SS Dicky Taskforce community representative Colin White and Sunshine Coast Council deputy mayor Tim Dwyer,  Olds Engineering employees Peter Olds and (front) Lachlan Hansen.

Olds Engineering staff recreate the SS Dicky's bell.

Heat's Mooney set for Women's Big Bash opener

COFFS HARBOUR, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 29:  Beth Mooney of Australia bats during the women's one day international match between Australia and South Africa on November 29, 2016 in Coffs Harbour, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The Heat's opening game will be streamed live.

Rain could halt Australs' run to A-grade cricket final

Cricket Maryborough - Past Grammers versus Brothers Shamrocks - Shamrock's Wayne Smith.

Australs need to win big to make the decider.

Bay couple's $70 million biggest lotto win in Aus this year

Golden Casket

Is the Fraser Coast the luckiest place in the country?

New program and date for Toogoom Christmas Fair

Volunteers Wendy Lawrence and Zamie Lunn prepare all the craft activities ahead of the Toogoom Christmas Fair this Sunday.

"We have turned the event inside out and upside down."

Man killed after being hit by car

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Police say a 37-year-old was killed about 1am

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Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

Fraser Coast has global appeal as visitor numbers soar

Patrick Janke from Germany is one of many international travellers who has chosen to visit Fraser Coast on his journey.

Overseas visitor numbers are up 4%.

Up to 75 jobs could be created with 30 speciality stores

An $8 million revamp is underway at Maryborough Central Shopping Centre.

The leasing team are currently in negotiations with key retailers.

LETTER: Hard to put faith in driverless cars

The minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey MP visited Queensland Raceway to officially launch the automated driving project to have cars fitted with Bosch technology.

How many really want to trust their life to a computer?

END OF ERA: Home improvement store closes its doors

Leslie Dunn grabs a bargain at Masters.

At 12.15pm today Masters staff stopped letting customers into store

Essential to get new Maroochydore CBD fundamentals right

LOOKING AHEAD: The central business district at Maroochydore is planned to be the heart of the Sunshine Coast.

SunCentral reports good progress on 53ha Sunshine Coast city heart

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

WALTON: The collapse that exposed an ugly industry

Sunshine Coast subcontractors on the Nambour Coles job were left $3 million out-of-pocket in the wake of the Walton Construction collapse.

Special feature looks at scale of construction industry problem

JOBS: Adani seeking workers for Bowen office

Adani has advertised jobs for their Bowen office.

Jobs advertised online by mining company

'$1b to Adani or do we preserve reef?'

The Federal Government is considering putting $1 billion of taxpayers' money into a railway line to link Adani's coalmine to Abbot Point.

Local swimmers support fight against MS

GREAT EVENT: Tom Norris supported his grade 5 teacher Justine Linderberg during the recent MS Swimathon.

This was the inaugural swimathon for Hervey Bay.

Criminals come out to fill their stockings

HOLIDAY DANGER: Criminals are active during Christmas holidays.

'Tis the season to be cautious!

Thank you to staff at Queensland Rail: letter

TILT TRAIN: Tilt train.
Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail

On the way I discovered that I did not have my wallet in my pocket.

OPINION: Three gifts for the person you secretly hate

Sandal socks - one of the most hideous creations ever to disgrace God's green earth.

HO, HO, cough, splutter, ah bugger it all.

OPINION: The secret to giving a great gift

TÄNDA Limited Edition Christmas Candle S,M,L from $29.95 (free shipping in time for Christmas), www.tandamodern.com

GIFTS are basically a form of communication

OPINION: Hot under the collar waiting for rain

Greg Bray.

FOLKS, I live in a part of Oz that doesn't get a lot of rain

Lawyer: Client too risky to bring into court room

'I felt it may not have been safe for him to have been brought up'

Thief used emergency exit to make off with goods

Police generic, crime scene.  Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times

A thief has used a store's emergency exit to make off with goods

Fatal motorcycle crash at Diddillibah

A 44-year-old man has died in a motorcycle crash last night.

Why this is Australia's nicest man

Toowoomba man Jon Hart has donated some food hampers to people in need this Christmas.

Jon Hart wants to help out those less fortunate this Christmas

Government asks: What's the best way to dispose of a flag?

OUR FLAG: Australian flag.

Issue arises of what to do with old flags

Tangalooma: The place to get wrecked

Sea Scooter Safari great way to explore Moreton marine life

Victorian MPs to vote on assisted dying laws

VICTORIA could become the first state to legalise assisted dying.

War or disaster hits one kid in four

Children attend class at a UNICEF-supported primary school in Muna Garage Internally Displace Person camp in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. With the assistance of UNICEF and partners, more than 88,000 children have access to safe learning spaces in north-east Nigeria and almost 155,000 children have been reached with learning materials.

Half a billion children's lives are severely affected by conflicts

NSW lightly loosens liquor, lockout laws

Critics say the relaxed lockout laws are still too stringent to promote a thriving night life.

Bottle shops will be allowed to stay open until 11pm

John Glenn, oldest astronaut in space, dies aged 95

John Glenn, the first US astronaut to orbit Earth and oldest to enter space, has died aged 95.

JOHN Glenn, the first US astronaut to orbit Earth, has died aged 95.

Russia, Syria 'create terrorists'

Young boys known as the "lion cubs” hold rifles and Islamic State group flags as they exercise at a training camp in Tal Afar, near Mosul, northern Iraq, in April last year.

Top British spy says Syria creating a new generation of terrorists

Are meals made from scratch now a thing of the past?

Julie Goodwin with one of her previous cook books.

Cooking skills becoming a relic of the past, survey finds

Antarctic base to be towed away from looming ice chasm

Engineers are preparing to move an Antarctic research station

Man arrested after being found with ISIS flag and loaded AK

Exterior view of the Europe headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. The Islamic State group is likely to carry out new attacks in the European Union in the near future, probably targeting countries that are members of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the extremist organization in Syria and Iraq, EU police agency Europol said in a report published Friday.

Man arrested in Netherlands on suspicion of planning terror attack

Contiki tour bus falls of cliff, killing one

A Contiki tour bus bound for the Gili Islands has fallen off a cliff

Heart patient speaks on lack of cardiologist on Fraser Coast

Betty Glaister has a heart condition, but is not worried by no cardiologist working on the Fraser Coast. But, she said she would be worried if she was younger.

Betty Glaister has survived a heart attack and heart failure.

Cheeky kiwi auctions off her butt to the highest bidder

Could one 20-year-old woman turn a bad habit of mooning into cash?

Heroin addict smuggles drugs into Maryborough prison

Maryborough Correctional Centre - secure unit 6.

Discoveries come as more drug tests are being done behind bars.

Owner finds house demolished after letterbox mix up

While the property has 200 on the letterbox it is in fact 198.

Why Toowoomba Ghost Chasers page vanished

Toowoomba Ghost Chasers photographed a mysterious red 'figure' spotted at Drayton Cemetery.

The page gained attention worldwide for its ghoulish videos

Jugger: The next epic sport you need in your life

ACTION PACKED: Jugger is not a sport for the faint-hearted.

It is one third quidditch, one third jousting and one third rugby

EXCLUSIVE: Meet Robert Irwin, wildlife photographer

SNAPPER: Apart from wildlife, photography is Robert Irwin's great passion.

Steve's boy has a passion for photography

Louis Tomlinson's tribute to late mother

Louis Tomlinson's new single is a tribute to his late mother.

Justin Timberlake stuns students with secret class

Justin Timberlake stunned high school students in Sydney

Carrie Fisher says Ford will be bugged by affair confession

Carrie Fisher is sure Harrison Ford is annoyed at her

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with childhood sweetheart

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with ex

Jennifer Lawrence apologises to the people of Hawaii

Jennifer Lawrence sorry for 'offensive' story