MPs call for a new North Queensland


Just as we got through one referendum, another is (back) on the table. A group of North Queensland MPs have reinvigorated an age-old debate by calling for a referendum on the formation of a new state of North Queensland. Federal Member for Dawson, George Christensen says that an independent … [Read more...]

Support for NAIDOC Week celebrations

National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony 2014.

Local Indigenous groups are encouraged to apply for government grants towards organising their NAIDOC Week celebrations this July. Communities throughout the nation will join to celebrate the diverse cultures of Australia's First Nations people, with a week of local and national events. This … [Read more...]

Forces join to protect the reef

Collaboration between sectors will help reduce the effects of agriculture on the Great Barrier Reef.

Farmers, conservationists and resource management bodies have formally joined forced to protect Australia's precious Great Barrier Reef from the affects of agricultural activity. Members of the Reef Alliance have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a code of conduct that … [Read more...]

New mining laws: no more nicking off

The future of the Townsville's Yabulu nickel refinery is on shaky ground but new environmental protection laws will ensure that no mess is left behind. The State Government will introduce new laws to prevent businesses from leaving taxpayers with costly environmental clean-up … [Read more...]

Whitsundays Regional Report – March 10

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It's the Whitsundays Regional Report for Thursday March 10. This week, wet weather plays with planned events, a busy week at the Whisper Bay Boat Ramp, Bowen youths get their say in planning for the future, a new top cop in Bowen and all your election build up in The NEXT4. Have a look! … [Read more...]

What’s in the box: your guide to this local election


We are in the thick of council campaigns, but don't be blinded by the corflute and leaflets: there is another question on the cards. This local council election will look a little different from previous years, so will you be prepared to face the polling booths? Voters will be asked three … [Read more...]

Love and luck in the leap year

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Ladies get your rings ready, this is your chance to take a leap and pop the big question! But before you hop to it, did you know it only counts if you are wearing breeches or a scarlet petticoat? Yes, its that special day that only comes around every four years: February 29. While … [Read more...]

Whitsunday Regional Report 25 Feb

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A round up of news and events from across the region in this week's Whitsundays Regional Report. Airport route competition, the council election forum, cane farmers, Whitehaven Beach winning an award and a preseason update from the Brahmans. All this plus our election series, The NEXT 4. Have … [Read more...]

Whitney corruption allegations put to rest

Jenny Whitney says that the allegations against her were a deliberate attempt to stall council projects.

Incumbent mayor Jenny Whitney has been cleared of corruption allegations regarding the sale of council land for the now abandoned Chinatown development at Waterson Way. Concerns raised by a local resident led to investigations surrounding a perceived conflict of interest, but the Crime and … [Read more...]

Local MP gets behind Dob in a Dealer Program

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The Federal Government and Crime Stoppers Australia are launching a new partnership to try and stop the distribution of illegal drugs across the country. Members of the public are being encouraged to report any suspicious behaviour to Crime Stoppers to help law enforcement cut off the supply to … [Read more...]