Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Sharyn O'Neill

Rudd's plan to improve cities would include new minister

A NEW minister for cities would be created under a Rudd government plan to improve planning in Australia's biggest cities.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced the policy on Friday, which would include an "outer suburban growth taskforce" to develop a 10-year plan for outer suburbs.

The policy aims to help those living in the outlying areas of capital cities manage commuting and cost of living pressures.

It would see the proposed taskforce work with state governments and local councils to improve "liveability" in the major cities.



UPDATE: Woolooga-Sexton blaze contained, embers still burn

UPDATE: Woolooga-Sexton blaze contained, embers still burn

Firefighters continue to monitor the fire and its remnants.

Nominations to close for newest awards

Nominations to close for newest awards

Nominations for the first Fraser Coast Sports Awards close Monday.

WATCH: Boy injured after being run over by 4WD

WATCH: Boy injured after being run over by 4WD

The Chronicle understands the boy had upper abdominal injuries

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