Storms cause power outages to thousands of homes

A POWER outage in the Whitsunday originally affecting 1600 Ergon Energy customers is is now causing power interruptions to 7000 homes.

Neighbours become good friends

DIGGING DEEP: Chelsea Donald, Amelia Carsley, Lacey, Bronte and Coby Johnson, Follett and Kayla Simon with Finn Dale hit the beat of Waite Creek Court to raise funds for the occupants of the house that burnt to the ground on Sunday afternoon.

Twelve-year-old steps up to help family in need

Committed to servicing the community

RIBBON CUTTING: Mayor Andrew Willcox opens the new Whitsunday Council service centre at Whitsunday Plaza Shopping centre on Monday February 19, 2018.

Council service centre here to make life easier.

World famous guest cruises in to Airlie Beach

The Queen Elizabeth cruise ship will be stopping over in Airlie Beach in 2020.

Tourism Whitsunday says the region was punching above its weight

Cannonvale house goes up in flames

A house fire at Waite Creek Court in Cannonvale has been contained by the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service.

Cannonvale house goes up in flames.

These little piggies no longer go to market

Owner of Whitsunday Beefalo and Berkshire Gold, Christina della Valle with the 5 day old piglets.

These little piggies no longer go to market.

Court threats as controversial CBD development denied

Whitsunday Funerals and Crematorium's new premises on the corner of Shakespeare and Juliet Streets in Mackay..

Funeral owner to take the council to court over crematorium

Airshow to be part of runway dinner

DONE DEAL: Paul Bennett and airport owner Ross Armstrong shake hands over the new airshow deal for next year.

Airshow to be part of runway dinner.

Local young-gun aims high after meeting heroes

INSPIRING TALENT: Jack Miller, Harry Maxwell, Max Whale and Kayden Downing in Proserpine last weekend.

Local Aussie Champ has sights set high ahead of Brisbane Cup

Look out for the Whitsunday's rising motor sport star

Hunter Penhallurick at a test day at Phillip Island last month.

Local teen Hunter Penhallurick has been sponsored to race nationally

ATO crackdown: ‘May be fraud’

“If you see lunching, say something.”

Australian Taxation Office has urged staff to dob in lazy colleagues

Card threat a 'worry' for mum, govt says it won't back down

30 year old Single Mum Crystal Silk hasn't been able to find employment since moving to Bundaberg 18 months ago and believes the Cashless Welfare Card will place too many restrictions on those already on a tight budget and are trying to do the right thing. Photo Lachie Millard

Woman says it's unfair to target people doing the right thing

Locals not passed up for solar farm: developer

Esco Pacific said the majority of workers on the Susan River solar farm will be locals.

It follows allegations locals were passed up for work on the project

Coast man breaks leg in 15 places in worksite nightmare

Corey Goryl suffered a work place accident and  suffered a badly broken leg. He lives with his partner Paula McCulloch on the top floor of a Caloundra unit complex withouit a lift and struggles to get downstairs. The coulpe are looking for a ground floor unit to make their life easier.

Facing an un-Happy Valley exit from home

Council spruiks Coast solar farm savings

Mayor Mark Jamieson visits the Sunshine Coast Solar Farm at Valdora.

Project records its highest monthly power generation

State's export value booms to $84bn

coal generic port ship export Hay Point

Value of Qld's exports rose 30 per cent.

WILD WEATHER: Massive dust storm blankets town

Localised flooding has closed some roads in parts of the region after heavy rains overnight and this morning.

Police urge caution amid localised flash flooding risk

DIANNE RECOVERED: Bodies may be inside ill-fated trawler

INVESTIGATION: The FV Dianne was towed to the Port of Bundaberg overnight.

Dianne towed into Bundy port for investigations

'40mm in just 15 minutes': Wild weather heading our way

A lightning show at Lightning St, Calliope.

Queensland is in for a wild week of weather

Fitness blogger Ashy Bines targets kids with new program

Ashy Bines. Image: Instagram.

The controversial blogger will launch a kids TV program

‘My life came to a screeching halt’

"I don't know if I'll ever get ill again ... but what I do know is that life is so short and fleeting. We need to make the most of every moment we can." Picture: Supplied

I thought I wouldn’t survive

Cadbury denies ditching ‘Easter’

Erin Molan pictured for the BW Magazine Hot List 2017. Picture: Rohan Kelly

“How come they don’t say Easter anymore?”

‘Secret compartment’ clue in gangster murder

Homicide Squad detectives have commenced a search at a rural property after identifying and locating the vehicle of interest in the 2014 disappearance and suspected murder of Raphael Joseph.

HOMICIDE detectives are closer to cracking the case of a missing gangster

University, TAFE student surge pushes vacancy rate down

Students in Queensland are now in week 1 of classes at university while those down south in NSW are in the midst of O Week including Clarice Campos, 34, studying a Masters of Accounting, Xi Chen, 29, studying a Master of Accounting, and Mahreen Othai, 19 studying a Bachelor of Accounting.

Students converging on tertiary studies have pushed vacancy rates down

Country bubs in the spotlight

WINNER: Three-year-old Cale Blomley is the winner of the Bush Kids baby competition. Cale lives with his six brothers and sisters at Humpty Doo in the Northern Territory.

Bush Kids baby winners revealed

Olympic legend’s daughter in doping scandal

Sprinter Jessica Peris is back on track this year as part of the Athletics Australia extended squad who will be participating in the Nitro Series this coming February.

Jessica Peris tests positive for banned substance

Dad finds daughter’s heartbreaking texts

The British journalist shared pictures of the texts on Twitter this week.

A FATHER has shared the heartbreaking texts he discovered on his old phone

Our children are sponges so teach them good habits early

A local mum has taught her five-year-old daughter Chelsea the importance of looking after the environment and picking up rubbish, even when it's not hers.

We've all heard the saying - lead by example.

‘Depraved’ academic led ‘double life’

Matthew Falder was a star student at Cambridge. Picture: National Crime Agency

Matthew Falder duped victims by masquerading as a depressed female

‘Looks crazy’: Confusion over UFO

What is that? An unidentified fast aircraft, which air traffic controllers were finding hard to track, was seen flying among the flight lanes of commercial aircraft in Oregon in October. Picture: iStock

Recordings reveal air traffic control’s confusion at strange craft

Teens walk out of school: ‘We call BS’

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez reacts during her speech at a rally for gun control. Picture: AFP

Students demand change in gun laws after latest school shooting

Global laughing stock: John Oliver ridicules Barnaby

John Oliver mocks Barnaby Joyce on his program Last Week Tonight. Picture: HBO

John Oliver lampoons Barnaby Joyce over affair

5 words you are using incorrectly

VOCABULARY: This do would never homework where the word icon was incorrectly used.

How to avoid sounding like a teenager, even if you are one

Passenger’s farts force plane to land

A Transavia flight made an emergency landing after a fight broke out over a passenger’s flatulence.

Fight over flatulence prompts emergency landing

‘Live maggots’ found in ALDI food

The woman from NSW posted a video on Facebook, showing the product's packaging and the maggots that she allegedly found wriggling on the top of the dessert. Picture: Facebook

Woman claims she found maggots crawling on her ALDI chocolate pudding

Mum wanted to use son’s sperm

Prathamesh Patil had his sperm frozen after being diagnosed with cancer. Picture: iStock

Grieving mum who wanted to be inseminated with dead son’s sperm

Davina: MAFS editing is the villain, not me

THE most hated contestant on this season’s Married At First Sight, Queenslander Davina Rankin, says she is a victim of the show’s editing, slamming it for...

Karl’s blunt challenge to MAFS groom

Karl Stefanovic has issued a public challenge to Married At First Sight’s Dean Wells.

KARL Stefanovic has publicly slammed Married At First Sight’s “weak” groom Dean

Picnic’s rocking women steal Berlin show

Ruby Rees, Lily Sullivan, Madeleine Madden and Yael Stone star in the series. Picture: Jason Edwards

'Just being here with everybody who worked so hard on this production'

Charles, Camilla to attend Comm Games

Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Picture: AFP

CAMILLA, Duchess of Cornwall, will join her husband Prince Charles

Humiliating aftermath of affair

Tracey follows in the steps of Julia Stiles and takes back Dean.

THE most humiliating detail about Dean is finally uncovered.

Heartbreaking way Shannon Noll lost Idol fortune

Shannon Noll in I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

NOLL spent post-Idol money, but not in typical rock star fashion.

Holtznagel: ‘I had to ID Charlotte Dawson’s body’

Simone Holtznagel broke down as she spoke out about one of her “best friends” and Australia’s Next Top Model mentor Charlotte Dawson.

Simone Holtznagel speaks out about Charlotte Dawson