Magic Christmas tree to light our way

AS THE song goes, “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” and tonight hundreds will gather in Hastings St to watch the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Through the roof and losing fight against hikes

Through the roof Losing fight against hikes

Making toys a real Christmas joy at the shed

HANDY GIFTS: David “Davo” Wilson and Lt David Sutcliffe with the wooden toys he has donated to the Salvos.

Making toys a real Christmas joy at the shed

Bad bags facing a no return

PLASTIC MUST GO: MP Glen Elmes with community group leaders and Cr Joe Jurisevic in the bid to replace plastic bags that do not break down.

Bad bags facing a no return

Howling need for pet places

SWEET SANDY: Noosa RSPCA manager Nicole Clearly is pictured with Sandy, a beautiful, placid Persian-cross cat who needs a home.

Howling need for pet places

Beach time with Santa in Noosa

SMILE: Photographer Leah Sullivan (centre) with her own family on the beach with Santa.

Beach time with Santa

Maison loses a great chef but gains another

Maison loses a great chef but gains another

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OUR SAY: Cycling is the smart way to go

David McIntosh from the Gladstone Bicycle centre thinks the state of our roads are putting riders lives at risk. Photo Christopher Chan / The Observer

The Coast is ideal for cycling and it should be encouraged

SOAP BOX: Arctic air-con blasts worse than sweating it out

Noosa River at Noosaville Photo Erle Levey / Sunshine Coast Daily

Why should I freeze when it is a perfectly enjoyable 30C outside?

WATERCOOLER: Time to change Australia's jobs, wages model?

More than one in 10 young people in Australia are unemployed.

Frozen wages, insecure jobs, shrinking unions … join the dots

Brough's baggage creating headaches for Turnbull

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull listens to Australian Special Minister for State Mal Brough during House of Representatives Question Time at Parliament House. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Brough's role as Special Minister of State go to heart of integrity

YOUR SAY: Rail duplication plan won’t benefit majority

I see yet another call to duplicate the rail tracks to Nambour

Are those drugs you're taking worth the 'cheap thrills'?

How many warnings like Jordy's until we get the message on drugs?

Driver and passengers flee crashed unregistered car

Police catch up with driver following crash in unregistered car

Springborg calls on Sensis to continue phone book deliveries

FOLLOW THE YELLOW PRINT PAGES: The White and Yellow Pages want someone from Roma to be on the cover for the upcoming issue. Photo Tom Gillespie / The Western Star.

Cancellation of phone book deliveries will hit regional Qld: Borg

WATCH: Dramatic scenes as pair rescued by jet ski

Rescue of two people in the water off Urangan - Larry Burch from Aquavue went to their aid on his jetski. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

The woman and teenager were caught by a rip and pulled out to sea.

New Hummock Hill Island resort under fire

Hummock Hill Island. File photo.

Conservation group slams new resort on Hummock Hill Island

Unions and LNP united on Cameron Dick’s comments

Health Minister Cameron Dick entertains the staff at the new Endoscopy Unit at Toowoomba Hospital.

The LNP and the union movement find themselves on the same side

No love lost between power pair

Mayor Paul Pisasale claims MP was behind public smear campaign

AFP changes policies to avoid another Bali 9 situation

Australian drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. FILE PHOTO

THE Australian Federal Police has changed its policy on prov

Massive bushfire destroys 70 homes, kills two

Wildlife has been greatly affected by the bushfires in Narangba and Burpengary. Photo Nicole Fuge / Caboolture News

More than 70 homes have been destroyed by a massive bushfire

Schoolies fight over religion ends in a coma

Two NSW schoolies have been charged after religious fight

Indonesia wants explanation after boat incident

17 people turned away from Christmas Island ended up in West Timor

Victoria passes law protecting women from abusive protesters

Victoria's new law bans protesters within 150m of abortion clinics

Warnings as dangerous storms soon to hit Southern Queensland

QFES is urging residents to prepare for incoming storms

Kind gestures stun family of cancer patient

Richmond Villeran (right) with his wife Maria and two children, Sian 11, and Nelle, 5, says the doctors have given him nine months to live and he plans to use whatever time he has left building memories. Photo / Michael Craig

He's been given nine months to live

Russian sailor crashes massive cargo ship after drinking rum

The Lysblink Seaways vessel was a write-off after the incident. Photo / AP

The sailor fell asleep after his massive binge

Elderly woman carjacked by teens in NZ

Teens stole car from woman as she carried out deliveries

College wins $500k compo over too low basketball court

Architects sued after they failed to deliver full height building

Man's attempt to kill spider mistaken for domestic dispute

A large hairy spider.

Police respond after man heard screaming "I'm going to kill you"

Sporting clubs bogged down by ‘toilet tax’

STEEP PRICE: Gladstone Bowls Club Manager Peter Liddle says council rates and charges are stifling the club’s growth.

Council suggests sports clubs reduce toilet numbers to save money

Schoolies: Look mum, my burnt bum is on the news

Cairns teenager sat in fountain waiting for ambulance

Phuc Dat Bich was a hoax - but what is his real name?

The man who wanted the world to believe he was Phuc Dat Bich. Photo / Facebook

Both posts have since been removed, adding to the mystery

Driving fail: How not to secure your load

Unsecured load comes off ute.

Dash cam captures moment unsecured load smashes into Toowoomba road

Paul Walker's dad suing Porsche over actor's death

Paul Walker's dad is suing over the crash which took his son's life

Caxton Street band to play at Kawana

BROAD APPEAL: The Caxton Street Jazz Band plays at Kawana Community Hall on Saturday, December 5.

This six-piece band not only appeals to jazz aficionados

James Blunt tells Ed Sheeran he's got herpes

James Blunt jokingly told Ed Sheeran he gave him herpes at the ARIAs

Is one of these women the new judge on My Kitchen Rules?

Is one of these four women the new judge on My Kitchen Rules?

APN’s TV guide editor lists her top picks for the new role.

Fans greet Home and Away hunk on Downs film set

Warwick fan Bubblez Barbierato with Home and Away heartthrob Steve Peacocke, who is in Allora filming the new TV series Wanted.

Wanted stars Steve Peacocke, Rebeeca Gibney meet fans in Allora

Tim the toolman set to sell his house for $1.95 million

Tim Allen is selling his Hollywood home for $1.95 million.

Five gifts we would give at Christmas - if we could

What do you really wish you could give others for Christmas?

What would you give as a gift - if you could?

Two-wheel-drive Lamborghini Huracan is lighter and cheaper

WRAPS OFF: Lambo's two-wheel-drive Huracán LP 580-2 is revealed in Australia with a price tag of $380,000

Latest Huracan weighs in at $380,000 and loses four-wheel drive

CENTENARY: 100 days in US national parks

From Hawaii to Maine, the tour visits national parks and other sites

Former Sam's Warehouse is coming back to life

THE former Sam’s Warehouse building is being brought back to life

Families hit hard as CSG company slashes workforce

Arrow Energy has cut 150 people from its workforce.

Poor performing CSG wells behind decision to lay off 150 workers

Newest hotel for business and pleasure opens with a bang

STRONG INTEREST: The Best Western Hotel Plus Oceanside Kawana Hotel was officially unveiled last night.

Offering 81 rooms, it has already proved a hit with holiday-makers

Warning: 'ransomware' attacking Android phone users

MALICIOUS SOFTWARE: Images of a phone infected with ransomware. Phone repair technician Gary Finlay said at least 12 people in the last two weeks have been hit in Mackay.

There is a way to stop latest ransom attack on Android phones

Buderim resident says resort plan would be suitable for town

HILLSIDE LOCATION: The 4ha site on 24 Box St, Buderim.

Chartered builder and surveyor welcomes consultative approach

Train 2: BG gas starts to flow from Surat Basin to China

LNG carrier Maran Gas at the Queensland Curtis LNG plant, Curtis Island near Gladstone.

Gas is flowing from mines in the Surat Basin to countries worldwide