OPINION: Weekend penalty rate cuts are long overdue

The traditional weekend, and associated penalty rates, are relics of a past where it was abnormal for most to work weekends.

Wide Bay's state triathlon title hopes ready to race

BIG CHANCE: Col Curry has been in spectacular form and could be one of the favourites for the state junior title. There are more Hervey Bay competitors, including Piper and Jeremy Hinton, who could spring into the top six.

The state titles start at 7am on Friday.

Penalty rate cuts could mean more staff

UNCERTAIN: Torquay Hotel staff (from left) Katie Morris, Kristin Buckley and Blaine Polit are unsure what the penalty rate changes will mean for them.

Cut to penalty rates could mean more staff.

Famous 'racing pigeon' visits Coast men's group

LOVE BIRD: The pigeon known for 'racing cars' in Maryborough visits the Older Men's Unlimited group at their workshop.

"She hops on your shoulder while you're working."

Multiple crews contain Fraser Coast fire

Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle

The fire was reported to the Torquay Fire Station about 2pm.

STAR: Former M'boro journalist gets award for best actor

Former Maryborough journalist Matthew backer has won a prestigious Matilda Award for best actor.

A former Maryborough journalist has won a prestigious acting award.

Musical to come to life at Brolga Theatre

The wardrobe team surrounded by fabrics and accessories in the costume room at the Brolga Theatre.

Ken is no stranger to the Maryborough music scene

Support your local artisans at market

LOTS ON OFFER: Both St Stephen's Church halls will be full of new and usual stallholders for the Creative Co Op Indoor Handmade Market.

Free rock painting for kids at artisan market

New chair means family member can stay with patient

Wendy Tong from Maryborough's Hospital Caf with June McLachlan from the Maryborough Hospital Auxiliary, Pat Consen from Lifeline and Malcolm Finlayson from Maryborough Hospital.

Fundraising efforts led to the purchase of the new chair.

El Nino likely with warm dry weather ahead on Fraser Coast

Generic hot weather photo.

We can expect above average temperatures leading into March.

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Drought disaster: "We're in serious trouble now”

Run out of water and losing crops - Mark, Col and Bill Ward, of Bilcormack Enterprises, rely on the rapidly dwindling supply of dam water, to irrigate their small crops.

The Ward family is reaching out for help from the community.

Major events prove to be a big tourism lifesaver

WELCOME VISITORS: The colourful scene at Torquay Beach as hundreds of families arrived in Hervey Bay for the Surf Life Saving Queensland Youth Championships over the weekend.

Hervey Bay is in the midst of three major events in three weeks.

Applicants to be short listed for Teebar jobs

The jobseekers at one of the sessions held to provide information about the $216 million solar farm project at Teebar.

Hundreds of jobseekers applied for the construction jobs.

Company's licence suspended as debts remain unpaid

Cheryll (pictured) and Dan Harper received two progress payments towards settling an invoice owed since December by Development Delivery Construction (Ddel) before the builder's licence was suspended by the QBCC this week.

QBCC suspends builder's licence for not paying debts

iPhone 8: Augmented 3D reality and avatars?

OLED iPhone will have a “revolutionary” infrared module

Mazda recalls yet another vehicle...

The Mazda BT-50, sold between October 21, 2011, and December 3, 2012, are being recalled.

The Mazda BT-50 has now been recalled.

Mobile World Congress: What can we expect this year?

Rising smartphone maker Oppo has teased announcement of new camera

Nikon KeyMission review: Shooting 360 no walk in park

Nikon KeyMission 170 - the easiest of the range to use.

The biggest problem initially is keeping yourself out of the shot

600 jobs on way as major mine reopening approved

A Bucyrus-Erie 1370W electric powered dragline at Blair Athol.

The company has ruled out FIFO.

COMMENT: Face it! Some men will always beat their wife

NO AMOUNT of legislation, no matter how sincere, will stop relationship violence.

Scientific warming paper was 'biased': letter

Reduce greenhouse gas emission for climate change and sustainable development

It was splashed across the world's media.

'Every time I think of this stupid father I feel sick'

Baby Paige

Letter: Why didn't the grandmother speak up for little Paige?

LETTER: Malcolm Turnbull must take stand on Trump

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Silence offers tacit approval to US's policy on immigrants, refugees

'Yoo-hoo Ted, M'Boro is going gangbusters': letter

ABOVE: Ted Sorensen, MP, Hervey Bay.

Rumour has it that "Edward the Silent” may not re-contest his seat.

Time to axe Sunday penalty rates?

Would more businesses open on Sunday if penalty rates were cut?

Give workers more hours and they will be better off.

Community appalled over attack on pregnant woman

Terri Williams - 8 mths pregnant - was walking her dogs at Ululah Lagoons when a teenager on a bicycle allegedly punched her in the back as he rode past.

Do you think respect is gone in the younger generation?

New Springfield based seat to be named Jordan

HONOURED: Pioneering politician Vi Jordan, a former Ipswich West MP and Ipswich councillor, will have a new seat based around Springfield named after her.

Former Ipswich councillor and Ipswich West MP to be honoured

Father had sex and conceived child with own daughter

A shocking story out of the Gympie District Court today

A SHOCKING case out of the Gympie District Court today

Wagner leads breakaway tourism group in Toowoomba

John Wagner at the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport open day. Photo: Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

Tourism operators from region decide they can not work with SQCT

Woman falls pregnant with twins six weeks after giving birth

Eliza Curby fell pregnant with twins six weeks after giving birth.

Eliza Curby fell pregnant with twins six weeks after giving birth

Aus Post CEO hits back at Pauline Hanson

Ahmed Fahour.

Fahour hits out at his consistent critic Pauline Hanson

Men adopted baby for child-sex ring

Child sex offender network: NZ man extradited to Brisbane

Attempts made to break into morgue holding Kim Jong-nam

 FILE - This May 4, 2001, file photo shows Kim Jong Nam, exiled half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, in Narita, Japan. No cause of death has been determined yet for Kim Jong Nam who died last week after apparently being poisoned in a Kuala Lumpur airport, officials said Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. (AP Photos/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

North Korea calls for the immediate release of 'innocent females'

Gang's ice tester boy talks drugs, cars & good times

(L) Johnny Nguyen as a gangster and (R) Johnny said drug dealing was not glamorous. Picture: Melvyn Knipe

Johnny Nguyen taste for drugs turned him into gang's ice tester boy

Australia Post CEO Ahmed Fahour quits $5.6 million post

Australia Post CEO Ahmed Fahour. Picture: Facebook

“Seven years is a long time ... particularly as it is a 24-7 job.”

First ever Mercedes Benz ute lands in Australia

Mercedes Badge generic. Source: Merecedes Australia

First ever Mercedes ute in Australia as tradies pay record prices

Villain to some a hero to others

Supporters carry the coffin at the funeral of Omar Abdel Rahman, the spiritual leader of the Egyptian extremist Gamaa Islamiya group, at al-Gamaliya town in Dakahlia Governorate. Abdel Rahman, who was considered the mastermind behind bomb plots in New York and sentenced to life in 1996. He died on February 18 in a US prison.

He was a spiritual leader or a villain, depending on where you stood

Unions take to streets as Sunday penalty rates cut

Retail workers will be among those hit by the changes.

Thousands of lowest paid workers to be hit by changes to pay rates

'Islam and freedom are not compatible' says Dutch MP

Firebrand int-islam lawmaker Geert Wilders during an election campaign stop in Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Far0right Dutch frontrunner takes hard stand on Islam

Americans fear major war under Donald Trump

Latest opinion poll reveals how US is rating their president

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Coast kids forced to hand back trophy

UNLUCKY: Maroochydore junior lifesavers have had to hand back their champions title after an error at the weekend's Queensland Youth Championships.

Admin error sees junior Coast lifesavers hand title over to rivals

Man became a quadriplegic after swallowing a chicken bone

Shane became a quadriplegic after he swallowed a chicken bone one night.

They said: ‘He’s not going to make it through the night’

The family dog that nearly died from ice overdose

Stewart Morrison with his dog, Nellie, who nearly died from a drug overdose.

Sunshine Coast vet warns drugs new threat for pets

One Nation leader hits cafe after Pauline Hanson fans attack

One Nation Qld leader Steve Dickson and Nicklin candidate Steven Ford visit Endless Time cafe.

Pauline Hanson's Qld leader meets with cafe after weekend of abuse

French waitress shows Aussies how to wrangle a goanna

The Australian native was no match for the brave waitress.

French waitress was taking no guff from an invading goanna

Fish measure up for bub after family reels 'em in

Kullen Fuchs measuring his family's catch.

Family of fisherman lands nannygai gold

What's on the big screen this week

THIS week's releases offer variety as T2: Trainspotting proves not all sequels are terrible.

REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Hodges proud to be part of first channel dedicated to NRL

Justin Hodges is gearing up for his new gig on Fox League.

Footy star hopes to provide a voice for players on new NRL channel

Selling Houses renovate for Salvos in 100th episode

Charlie Albone, Andrew Winter and Shaynna Blaze return for season 10 of Selling Houses Australia. Supplied by Foxtel.

Selling Houses launch 10th season in volatile property market

Furious Price wants to quit I'm a Celeb after clash with Keira

Steve Price has threatened to quit the jungle.

Will camp ration clash with Keira cause Steve to call it quits?

Novel with lots of heart

The romance in A Quiet Kind of Thunder was only one of the joys of the book.

Book proves to be a gem with layers

M'boro showcased, farmer faces biggest hurdles on TV

MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT: Maryborough's Sean Hollands showed his partner Susan around town for the homestay episode.

The Heritage City got a special mention.