Kitchen fire in Airlie Beach

Kitchen fire in Airlie extinguished

Willcox wants to see land on Waterson Way developed

Chinatown has been a long running issue for the community, many of whom are concerned about what will happen next.

DEPUTY’S DEFENCE Willcox wants to see the land developed

Sky’s the limit on boosting region’s jobs, future

A skytrain or bullet train has been mooted as an idea for Mackay to tap into the tourism potential of the new Whitsunday international airport.

Calls for skytrain linking the Whitsunday airport with Mackay

Boarding call out now for New Zealand

ON THE UP: Scott Waters is excited to lead the Whitsunday Coast Airport into a new, international era.

Boarding call out now for New Zealand

Wheels in motion for New Zealand flights

ON THE UP: Scott Waters is excited to lead the Whitsunday Coast Airport into a new, international era.

Flights from New Zealand are on track to land at our airport in 2016

Next stop New Zealand

FLYING HIGH: Plans are under way to instate international charter flights at the Whitsudnay Coast Airport by mid-2016.

Next stop New Zealand

Council wants your feedback on their cycle strategy

Strategy will guide the delivery of cycle projects in Whitsundays

Whitsunday Regional Council goes into caretaker period

SPEAKING OUT: Whitsunday Regional Council mayor Jennifer Whitney.

Council would adhere to the caretaker period provisions

UPDATE: Mackay All Stars win inaugural shield

Dave Wilson gathers the ball in the wet conditions for the All Stars side. Photo Chris Lees / Daily Mercury

All stars win the inaugural Greg Sutherland shield game

BIG4 Whitsunday takes top industry honours

TOP HONOURS: BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort has just been awarded bronze and silver awards in the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.

Our local BIG 4 is one of the nation's best holiday parks.

Harbour master warns operators of severe weather

STORM CLOUDS: The regional harbour master has warned local marine operators to activate their severe weather plans. (Pictured: a storm gathering over Shute Harbour late last year). 
Photo Leonie Lovell.

Marine operators have been warned to prepare for severe weather.

Watch for heavy rain this weekend

WARNING: The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting heavy rainfall for the region this weekend.

Batten down the hatches with heavy rain predicted this weekend.

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OPINION: Meet a Muslim, share a barbie

Have you ever spoken to a Muslim? Met a refugee?

LETTER: When did we accept concentration camps here?

SHAME: One reader fails to see how a humane country like Australia can allow its treatment of refugee children.

How can we let this happen, asks a reader

OPINION: How many dead turtles will it take, Bundy?

Turtles attract thousands of tourists to our region every year, but a stray plastic bag can leave them dead.

Time to let go of the plastic bags

Opinion: Telstra outage nothing to whinge about, but...

I'm usually reluctant to line up a huge corporation for a serve.

YOUR SAY: Did we celebrate our country on Australia Day?

Australian Flag.

Australia is a “ lucky country” and we had opportunity to celebrate

EDITORIAL: Time to get tough on violent cowards

Kerri Moore staff headshot

Another alleged case of assault on an ambulance officer on weekend

Woman seriously injured after car crashes into power pole

Keeping the roads safe this Christmas - Fraser Coast Police will be enforcing safe practises on the roads this Christmas. Expect to be tested for speeding, drinking and drug taking. Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Police said the crash occurred about 2.15am on Friday morning

VIDEO: Debris deflectors set to protect from flood damage

FLOOD MITIGATION: Councillors Neil Fisher and Tony Williams, and Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga at Thozet’s Creek, where flood mitigation works will soon be underway. INSET: The creek during a flood event.

Engineering to save homes from floods good for economy's future.

Missing Logan pair stuffed in metal box, shot dead

Cory Breton and Iuliana Triscaru, missing from Logan since late January.

Pair reportedly had their mouths gaffer-taped and had been bashed

Teenage couple split up as 18yo sent behind bars

A bikie associate accused of bashing a German backpacker at Noosa North Shore has unsuccessfully tried to have his case heard on the same day he was charged.

Couple front court together but only one leaves out the front door

Appeal court finds prison time inappropriate for Gympie man

Man who tried to set fire to himself, narrowly avoids prison

High profile solicitor to give back to profession

NEW DIRECTION: Brisbane-based solicitor Bill Potts has set several goals he wants to work toward this year as the Queensland Law Society president.

High profile solicitor to give back to profession

Girl, 13, drowns after saving brother at beach

Beach conditions were wild at Bargara with huge seas whipped up by the storm conditions. Photo: Rob Barich wet0102k

11-year-old boy had got into trouble in rough water in night swim

ISIS video appears to show boy, 4, executing three men

Isa Dare and an unidentified Isis militant believed to be a British teenager in a propaganda video released in February 2016

ISIS Video appears to show 4-year-old Isa Dare executing three men

OUCH! Lamborghini dream car crashed into by Merc

A black Mercedes-Benz rolled into a parked Lamborghini Aventador on Auckland's High St, apparently after the Mercedes driver struggled to reach for a parking machine. Photo / Supplied

"It was my dream car ... he crashed my dream car.''

Parents can now pay for a new level of spying on their kids

NetSafe executive director Martin Cocker warned this could breach trust between parents and children, damaging relationships.

Parents can pay to get their child's phone forensically investigated

Oh bummer, convicted nudist loses appeal

Freebeach Association's Mark Hayter with a friend.

A judge has upheld a wilful exposure charge at Noosa's A-Bay

Selfie-obsession turning teens into narcissists

LOOK AT ME: Kanye west, right, with Kim Kardashian, is said to display narcissistic traits.

Sunshine Coast academic says we're raising generation of narcissists

WATCH: Wild elephant goes on rampage in India

Residents claim the elephant destroyed 100 properties during melee

UK footballer pleads guilty to sex act with child

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson arrives at Bradford Crown Court, England, (Peter Byrne/PA)

The Sunderland footballer, 28, denies two other charges

New Zealand may be in direct path of looming cyclone

NEW Zealand may be in the path of a cyclone forming in the Pacific.

‘Leave their pumpkins alone’ says magistrate

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Man found with stolen watermelons fined $75 for trespassing

Seven ridiculous Guinness World Records for Valentines Day

HOW DO I love thee? Let me count the ways.

BREAKING: Kids dump stolen car at Caloundra, flee on bus

POLICE Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times

Police searching for group of children at Caloundra

Johnny Depp in Donald Trump spoof film

Movie shows business mogul breaking hearts, making deals

Snap, crackle and pop into Bay cereal shop

SWEET TREAT: Main St’s Cereal Addiction sells more than 90 varieties of overseas-sourced pre-packaged breakfasts. Owners Lisa Murphy and Bernie Ryman opened the shop on Saturday.

Tourists can cure holiday blues with a bowl of cereal from home.

Baby declared dead, wakes up in time to avoid cremation

The baby was kept in an incubator for 23 days and removed against medical advice

“I really can’t understand how this miracle happened."

Redford could be about to close down Sundance

Robert Redford, founder and president of the Sundance Institute speaks at the premiere of "Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You" during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Robert Redford is seriously considering shutting down Sundance

Everyone has it wrong about the 8th Harry Potter book

An original tale about Dolores Umbridge will be posted later this week

Did you think an eighth Potter Novel was coming?

On-screen nudity more uncomfortable for 'Girls' actress

Lena Dunham says she's feeling more uncomfortable stripping for the camera.

Lena Dunham 'feeling more modest', but will shoot more nude scenes

Kate Winslet won't boycott Oscars over lack of diversity

Kate Winslet is confident Leonardo DiCaprio will win an Oscar this year for his performance in 'The Revenant'.

Winslet wants to stand for women, support DiCaprio on Oscars night

Charlie Sheen blasts doctor who claimed to cure his HIV

Charlie Sheen has called a doctor "dangerous" after receiving treatment in Mexico for HIV.

'Dangerous' doctor's treatment used milk of arthritic goats

Jo Beth and Laurina not seeing eye to eyebrow

Jo Beth Taylor at first sight of the challenge

The simple truth is, all contestants are tired and hungry

Oh baby! Twins surprise birth at at Nambour home

Kymberly Kay gave birth to twins Imarie and Mikkarra (Kay-Jones will be the babies' surname) at home last night with assistance over the phone from ambulance and with Critical care paramedic Anthony Crompton who arrived on the scene. First baby arrived one minute after phone call was answered. Now all 3 in hospital. Twins were not expected yet. Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily

Twins due to be induced didn't even wait for the ambulance

Gladstone coal exports at record level

General manager of operations John Coughlan, Tim Nicholls and Harry Kenyon-Slaney.

MILLIONS of tonnes of coal was exported last month.

Gladstone sliding further into slump following LNG boom

Experts warn investment needed to stop bust taking hold

Ports exporting record amounts of coal despite downturn

A ship docked at the wharf of Orica in 2012.

Abbot Point exported 2.1 million tonnes of coal in January

Two hours less drinking time for Mackay party goers

WRONG MESSAGE: Perhaps it’s time to rethink our attitudes towards alcohol.

Minister wants lockout laws to give people less time to "pre-load"

Clive Palmer could face criminal case over aliases

Clive Palmer in the spotlight.

Palmer probe examining whether he used aliases in dealings with ASIC

Brisbane, Perth homes could be lit up by solar power

GOING OFF GRID: Proposed electricity business mergers could see more remote communities take up solar.

5 gigawatts of solar power now installed across Australia