The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Articles from March 28, 2015

All Hands on Deck, 1000 Calls; A Triage System Was Set Up to Work out Where Problems Were and Prioritise Individual Issues
Byline: Ray White's cyclone aftermath AS FAR North Queensland braced itself for Cyclone Nathan to hit its coast, it was the strength of the Ray White Central Queensland network that was tested most recently when Cyclone Marcia tore through the region....
Call to Bring Back the First Home Owners Grant for All; REIQ Believes Reinstating Incentive for Existing Housing Would Help Residents and the Economy
THE Real Estate Institute of Queensland has renewed its call for the reinstatement of first home owner grants for existing housing ahead of the year's first state parliamentary sitting. REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella said strengthening...
Citizens Prove Their Worth; Gladstone Residents Pass Honesty Test with Flying Colours by Handing in Abandoned Wallets Planted at City Locations
Byline: Campbell Gellie campbell.gellie@apn.com.au So, Gladstone, how did we fare? We dropped 10 wallets around the Gladstone region throughout the week. Eight of the wallets were returned to their owner, still in tact. Of the eight, two...
Energy Skills Queensland and Nhulundu Health Service Celebrated Indigenous Students Who Graduated from an Industry Skills Program. Reporter MARA PATTISON-SOWDEN Discovered What They Had Learnt
Karen Bellert is from Energy Skills Queensland and said she was proud of the graduates. "We did this in partnership with MIPEC, Nhulundu Health Service and funding from the Australian Government. We developed a training course with the jobs on offer...
Family Friendly Home the Key; Some Tips to Help Investors Choose a Rental Property That Will Suit the Tenant Demographic
IF YOU'RE an investor, choosing a property can't be simply based on your personal taste - it's important to consider what tenant demographic you would like to attract and choose a home that is likely to suit them. Pets Making your property pet-friendly...
Fishers Fearing for Their Futures; State Government Moves to Curtail Commercial Operations in the Roll-Out of New Zoning Policy
Byline: Helen Spelitis gladstoneobserver.com.au THE results of a State Government review into Queensland's fishing industry are yet to be released, despite Labor announcing it will move forward with its new zoning policy. This week the State...
Fresh Blood Required
Byline: NATHAN WOULFE Recruitment editor OURS is an aging population, a fact that brings with it a double impact on health care and social services. As older workers move into retirement, they take with them decades of valuable experience, reducing...
Home Sales Results Up There with Best; Gladstone's Julie Wood Named One of Ray White's Top Agents in Region
Byline: Rosie O'Brien Rosie.OBrien@gladstoneobserver.com.au THE Ray White Gladstone branch has held its own at the company's biannual training and awards ceremony. All central Queensland offices were represented, including Rockhampton, Bundaberg,...
Honourable Wagon; Blending SUV and Load-Lugger Deserving of Salute
Vital statistics Model: Skoda Octavia Scout 4x4. Details: Five-door five-seat all-wheel drive wagon. Engines: 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel generating maximum power of 110kW @ 3500-4000rpm and peak torque of 340Nm @ 1750-3000rpm; 1.8-litre...
'I Just Wanted to Shut Her Up, and It Worked'
Byline: Sherele Moody THIS is the story of the power of one. Joe was an average bloke with an average job, raising an average family in an average suburban home. He loved his wife and kids and he loved being in control - a disastrous combination...
New Doctor Makes Mark
Byline: Ebony Battersby gladstoneobserver.com.au THERE'S a new obstetrician in town, and he has already changed the lives of expectant mothers he hasn't yet met. For the past four months, if a woman had previously had a caesarean birth, she was...
Raising Eyebrows; Tough Limited Edition Off-Roader a Stand-Out
What matters most What we liked: Excellent off-road ability, agile ride, creature comforts What we'd like to see: Reverse camera standard across range, funkier interior. Warranty and servicing: Five year/130,000km warranty with fixed-price...
Rock'n the Fire-Fighting Life; We Have a Coffee and Chat with Some of Gladstone's Favourite Faces
Name: Barry Maluga Occupation: Inspector at QFES and Gladstone Amateur Basketball Association Inc president and life member. Years lived in Gladstone: All my life. What you love about where you live: Everything. It's a great place to raise...
Roosters, Wallabys Women Face off; Female Sides to 'Steal the Show'
Byline: Jake Jones gladstoneobserver.com.au MEN'S rugby league may be the main focus in the Harvey Road Tavern 9s tournament at Marley Brown Oval today, but Marlene Davies believes a women's game will steal the show. Davies' Calliope Roosters...
Rort Claims Spark Probe; Private Training Organisations Face Random Audits after Allegations
Byline: Helen Spelitis helen.spelitis@apn.com.au TWO-THIRDS of Federal Government funding handed out to private tertiary colleges was given to operators that are now under investigation. The investigation into the conduct of 23 private tertiary...
Senate Report Calls for Review of Decisions from Newman Era
Byline: Daniel Burdon APN Newsdesk A SENATE inquiry has called on the Queensland Government to remodel its Crime and Corruption Commission on the powerful New South Wales ICAC and urged a series of reviews of decisions during the Newman Government...
Should You Buy before Selling? While There Are Upsides to This Situation, Taking on a New Place While Still in Possession of the Old One Can Raise Unexpected Financial Issues
Byline: Talking money with Mortgage Choice Kellie Bebendorf HAVE you found a home you want to buy but haven't sold your current property? If the answer is yes, don't fret - you are not alone. While it would be nice to buy a new home at the...
Success on the Horizon; about to End, Writes Terry Mallinder
AS GOLD Coast and Brisbane embark on their bold bids to make finals - and, in turn, get Queensland footy back on the map - two of the more interested onlookers will be Jonathan Brown and Nathan Bock. But, if they had their way the two former All-Australians...
Time to Make a Memory; Southern Reef Spots Your Family Must Not Miss
Byline: Helen Hawkes ISLAND adventures, authentic seaside towns and world-class wildlife sanctuaries are some of the reasons everyone from movie stars to mums and dads holiday on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Here are six places for you to...
Trans-Tasman Battles Down through the One-Day Ages; Australia and New Zealand Have Gone Head to Head in One-Day Internationals 126 Times. APN Sports Bureau's Cricket Writer JOSH SPASARO Picks out Five of the Best between the Trans-Tasman Rivals
Underhanded tactics Aust 4-235 (G Chappell 90, G Wood 72, M Snedden 2-52) def NZ 8-229 (B Edgar 102no, G Chappell 3-43) by six runs at the MCG, 1981. SUCH was New Zealand's outrage at this incident, Anzac ties, forged through World War I between...
Treble Bid for Big Pat; Vet Happy to Bow out with Win
Byline: Jake Jones gladstoneobserver.com.au PAT Laws has two A grade cricket premierships for Brothers under his belt and the 47-year-old thinks a third would just about do him. The all-rounder played in the first premiership for the club back...
Warnings on Low Wages; Minimum Pay Battle Heats Up: Unions Urge $27 Rise, Business Wants $5
Byline: Daniel Burdon APN Newsdesk UNIONS are pushing for the minimum wage to be increased by $27 a week, while business wants only a $5-a-week raise in submissions to the annual wage review. The Fair Work Commission's annual wage review comes...
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