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  1. Fences to control wild dogs across western Queensland funded by the State Government are being used to help trap and kill native wildlife, kangaroo shooters say.

  2. A Queensland conservationist is raising concerns that development on the Darling Downs is threatening koalas and other native wildlife.

  3. Australia's privacy watchdog is warning former customers of leasing business Amazing Rentals to take precautions against identity fraud in the wake of a data breach that saw personal details from 4,000 people in the Northern Territory and Queensland made available online.

  4. Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio has championed inland rail for many years and has spoken publicly in support of the base case.
  5. Farmers in southern Queensland say the decision to build the Melbourne-to-Brisbane route through a floodplain could be "catastrophic" and the consultation process lacked transparency.

  6. The Melbourne-to-Brisbane inland rail line will be built across the Condamine floodplain in Queensland, despite farmers' warnings that it could put lives at risk.

  7. A Queensland zoo makes history with an adorable new addition. A yet-to-be-named zebra has been born — a first for the state.

  8. A Senate report calling for the peak cattle industry council to be replaced draws a swift rebuke from the council's president.

  9. A man who was already disqualified from driving is caught behind the wheel of a car with no front seats, instead propped up on a rolled-up mattress, police allege.

  10. Lola the dog is at risk of vision loss after her owners found 30 pellets embedded in her head and behind her eyes at their property west of Brisbane.

  11. The all-terrain vehicle industry has come up with a new design to try to convince farmers to wear helmets and reduce fatalities on quad bikes.

  12. Queensland endures its warmest winter on record with daytime temperatures soaring 2.24 degrees Celsius above the long-term average, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

  13. September 1 is known as Wattle Day, but thanks to a warmer Queensland winter many of the bright yellow blooms have already been and gone.

  14. Homeschooling is on the rise as advocacy groups say it is the best solution for special needs and disabled students who are finding traditional schools do not meet their needs.

  15. Early indications are pointing to an extended Queensland avocado season next year, with fruit already appearing on trees in the far north.

  16. Heavy horses are not built for speed, but on one North Queensland beach, you can witness the spectacle of galloping Clydesdales.

  17. Twenty-one vehicles have rolled over during the construction of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, in the rush to build the $1.6 billion road project, the CFMEU says.

  18. Queensland is preparing for the hottest Ekka week since 1946, with unseasonably warm temperatures also causing buds to bloom too early for Toowoomba's Carnival of Flowers.

  19. The mango and cream bar has been their best seller in Australia for six decades and now Weis is expanding its global reach after being bought out by international consumer goods giant Unilever.

  20. Another winter scorcher is on the way for south-east Queensland, with temperatures to hit 30 degrees Celsius in Brisbane next week on the back of last month's record hot weather.

  21. A regional airline says prices could rise if regional airports are forced to boost security checks.

  22. The pub is gone and all remains is dirt roads and a few homes. This is Baking Board — a tiny locality that is home to the highest percentage of "ordinary" Australians, according to Census data.

  23. Residents of the tiny outback town of Thallon in south-west Queensland refuse to let their community die, with a giant wombat and colourful grain silos all part of their plan to attract new tourists.

  24. Eighteen fast-charging stations will be installed around Queensland to create a "super highway" to allow electric vehicles to travel from the Gold Coast to Cairns.

  25. China temporarily bans beef imports from six Australian meatworks, the Federal Government confirms.

  26. It's 30 metres high and took 500 litres of paint to create. Is this Queensland's biggest artwork?

  27. A cat missing for three months in outback Queensland is reunited with its family thanks to a local vet and travellers.

  28. The first northern hairy-nosed wombat joey to be born in captivity in five years emerges from its mother's pouch at a Queensland nature refuge, providing hope for the survival of the endangered species.

  29. Queensland Indigenous students create a series of songs and music videos to share their pride in their culture.

  30. Queensland’s peak horticulture lobby group, Growcom says emotion should be taken out of the debate over the Australian farm worker scheme so areas of need can be addressed properly. The mother of murdered British backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung is in Australia to lobby for reform to the program that requires tourists to work in rural areas for 88 days to extend their visa for a second year. 21-year-old Mia and another UK traveller were stabbed to death at a Home Hill hostel while doing farm work in north Queensland in August. Growcom’s chief advocate Rachel Mackenzie says the industry is working with the government to achieve a nationally-consistent approach to labour market reforms, but that was a separate issue to the allegations aired in the Australian Story episode. "These backpackers were killed by a French National in a backpacker hostel and this could have happened anywhere in the world. It's not specific to Home Hill. They were not killed on a farm. They were not killed by a farm worker so we have to be very careful that we separate the fact from the emotion," she told the Queensland Country Hour. Ms Mackenzie conceded there were some ‘strong arguments for reform’ of the accommodation sector, in particular the actions of some hostel operators in promising seasonal farm work which may or may not be available.
  31. About 450 residents are seeking up to $200 million in damages from theDefence Department over the contamination of soil and water by toxic firefighting foam used at the Oakey Army Aviation Centre in south-east Queensland.

  32. E10 OK. Maybe you've passed a billboard recently or maybe seen a television advertisement urging motorists to check the compatability of their vehicles to ethanol-blended fuel? So far, the multi-million dollar campaign has generated more than half a million hits to its website and prompted a 30 per cent spike in E10 sales. But is it enough demand to drive future growth in the biofuels industry. Queensland's Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply Mark Bailey says it's a positive start; and Charlie McKillop heads to her local service station to find out if the 'E10 OK' message is cutting through at the bowser.
  33. Lock the Gate Alliance says states that have responded to community concern about the long-term environmental impacts of gas expansion should be applauded, not penalised.

  34. Environmental activists reject the call for states that don't develop their own reserves to be penalised by getting a smaller share of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). National coordinator of the Lock the Gate Alliance Carmel Flint said it was an extraordinary attempt by the mining and resources sector to undermine the "democratic distribution of our taxes". Ms Flint said the biggest consumers of gas were the three major LNG plants at Gladstone, owned by multinational companies intent on sending the product offshore to the detriment of domestic supply.
  35. Cutting GST distribution would send a powerful message to states not prepared to develop their own gas reserves, according to the Queensland Resources Council.

  36. National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication program director Geoff Kent said the discovery of another nest, about 70 kilometres outside of the existing fire ant biosecurity zone, was well beyond the natural distribution distance of a fire ant spread, with human actions most likely to blame. But he did not sense any weakening of the resolve to rid the Australian landscape of the imported red fire ant, as federal and state agriculture ministers prepare to meet on July 26.
  37. Biosecurity authorities vow not to give up the fight to eradicate imported red fire ants, after the discovery of a new nest on the Sunshine Coast.

  38. South-east Queensland's above-average winter temperatures will plummet as a cold snap begins to hit the region on Friday, with some places forecast to drop below 0 degrees Celsius, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

  39. A 50 per cent increase in data allowances in peak periods and a doubling of off-peak data on the Sky Muster satellite network has been universally welcomed by rural and regional lobby groups, which have long argued for an end to the data drought. Regional Communications Minister Fiona Nash announced the new maximum monthly data limit of 300GB (peak and off-peak) would apply from October, compared with the existing cap of 75GB.
  40. A doubling of data allowances in peak periods on the Sky Muster satellite network is welcomed by rural and regional lobby groups.

  41. Long-time ABC gardening talkback expert, Toowoomba's Rod Hultgren, has been remembered as a passionate gardener with an encyclopaedic knowledge of plants.

  42. Advocates say new legislation to guarantee access to broadband services for all premises should not imperil fixed line services.

  43. The LNP denies it has called for federal back-up to boost the party's popularity in regional Queensland seats ahead of the next election.

  44. A mental health service is urging the police community to be "vigilant" following a spate of tragedies impacting the Queensland Police Service in recent weeks.

  45. A central Queensland woman is spending her estate while she is living to make the dreams of young rural and remote students come true.