New QFES Fire Facility Officially Opens

Rural Fire State Emergency Service (SES).

The new $473,000 Joint Emergency Services facility at Wallumbilla has been officially opened. QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll says the new facility will house staff and volunteers from the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and State Emergency Service (SES). Construction began in May last year and … [Read more...]

2018 Education Awards Open for Nominations


Queensland state schools, teachers and principals can nominate for the 2018 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools. More than $619,000 in grant funding is available to celebrate state school education success across 11 award categories this year. The Showcase Awards are an annual … [Read more...]

Don’t Kick Stock Route Reform

stockmen on stock route

AgForce is calling on the Queensland Government to get on with the job of reforming the state's 2.6 million-hectare network for travelling livestock. The organization’s Cattle Board Director Peter Hall says with many parts of Queensland entering their sixth year of drought, ensuring the state's … [Read more...]

New Pharmacist Brings A Passion for the Profession

Stephanie Newsham (002)

She tried her hand at studying journalism, learning to fly a plane and waitressing but once Stephanie Newsham gave pharmacy a go she fell in love with the profession…and now she’s moved to Maranoa top weave pharmaceutical magic. Stephanie says her parents had always suggested pharmacy, but she … [Read more...]

Karara Siege Ends


A man aged in his 50’s is now in Police custody following an end to the seven-hour siege at Karara on the Southern Downs today. Police say they were able to resolve the issues peacefully at around 5.15 this afternoon ending the drama that commenced early this morning. Police say the man is … [Read more...]

New Independence Rules for Regional Students

Youth Allowance and centrelink

Students from regional and remote areas will be able to start university sooner because of changes that make it easier for them to be considered “independent” for student payments. To qualify as independent for Youth Allowance and ABSTUDY Living Allowance, students from regional or remote areas … [Read more...]

Siege Winds on at Karara


Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are now at the scene of the siege that is unfolding on the Southern Downs this afternoon at Karara. Police declared an emergency under the Public Safety Preservation Act following an incident at the property this morning. Police says they have located a … [Read more...]

Last Chance to Nominate Great Women

2018 Queensland Greats Awards

THE HUNT IS ON - For the great women of Queensland as we count down for the 2018 Queensland Greats Awards. Apparently, far fewer women than men are nominated to become Queensland Greats. Women’s Minister Di Farmer says she wants to see females step up and is claling on those that know great … [Read more...]

Back to work for more Queenslanders

Trade Skills Assessment

The State Government is encouraging students and employers to access the Government’s $5 million Trade Skills Assessment and Gap Training program. The program provides funding of up to $4,700 per trainee to get the qualifications they need to advance their career. Minister for Training and … [Read more...]

Legacy of The Rain.


With heavy rain falling across the Maranoa yesterday and with more showers predicted today, drivers are advised to check for road closures and weather warnings. Current road conditions include (as at 10:24am, Wednesday, 21 February 2018): • Carnarvon Highway (Bymount/Injune) – closed • Roma … [Read more...]