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Dam operators trusted 'professional judgment' in flood

'Their particular concern was the prospect of heavy rain falling downstream of the dam'

Rain can't dampen Christmas festivities

LOCAL FAVOURITE: Bert Flanagan (40 years) and Ray Villis (25 years) have been long been involved in the Forest Hill Festivities over the years.

Forest Hill and Lowood held their Christmas occasions.

Reggie gets kids reading at St Mary's

READING WITH REGGIE: St Mary's principal Craig Cronin and assistant principal Claire Hogan get stuck into their books with Tyler Brimblecombe, 11, Jake Knappick, 6, and Paddy Hogan, 5.

A love of literature is growing in Laidley.

'Stupid' bank robber mates fall out over $300 heist

Two men will serve five years after they stole $300 during the robbery of a Bendigo Bank in September, 2015.

You won't believe what happened after these blokes robbed a bank

Blue Dog pup makes the step up to first grade

STEP UP: Teenager Noah Shepley made his first division debut for Laidley District Cricket Club on Saturday, November 25.

The 14-year-old made his debut for the first grade side.

New life members help Gatton Hawks to soar

VITAL: Daphne Nolan and Graham Rowles  received life memberships to the Gatton Hawks.

Long time sponsors have kept the club ticking over.

DRONE VISION: Police raid marijuana crop worth $60m

Queensland Police have seized 11,795 cannabis plants following a raid on an Esk property. Picture: Queensland Police

WATCH: More than 11,000 plants uncovered in grow houses

Rusty has been putting out fires for fifty years

DEDICATION: Rusty Kraut was honoured for 50 years of service to the Rural Fire Brigade by Acting Assistant Commissioner Gary McCormack and Acting Superintendent Kaye Healing.

Local firefighters were recognised for their service at a ceremony.

Service preparing farm-ready workers for the Lockyer

READY TO GO: Lockyer Valley Growers president Michael Sippel, QAWN project manager and agriculture workforce officer for Southern Queensland Karen George, Growcom CEO Pat Hannan, FarmReady  founder and director Janne Dipple and Lockyer Valley Alliance founding chair Keith Jackwitz at the launch of the FarmReady HUB.

The FarmReady HUB was launched last week.

Joe the pup spreads Christmas cheer

FESTIVE SPIRIT: Barry Fitzgerald with Joe at the Laidley Markets.

While his owner sends an important message.

8700 'misled' Optus customers in line for compensation

An NBN Co technician during the installation of fibre-to-the-building connections in Sydney. Picture: Cole Bennetts/Bloomberg

8700 customers are in line for compensation.

‘The bottom line’: Moment of truth for bitcoin

Everyone's favourite way of paying for crime faces a big moment

$1.1 billion industry needs to change

Picaluna has been described as “Uber for funerals”. Picture: Supplied

Greg Inglis wants to change "cookie-cutter" funeral industry

Gladstone Port exploring renewable energy options

GPC chief executive officer Peter O'Sullivan is proud to announce the company's foray into renewable energy.

Admin office will soon have 70 solar panels.

REVEALED: Why 2018 will be the year for mining

back to pit for loading overburden, hauling activity on open pit

New report reveals positive five year forecast

Verdict in on sensory shopping for children on the spectrum

Gympie Target Store Manager Jo Medley at the Sensory Shopping experience on Sunday.

Sensory Shopping experience makes things easier for autistic kids

The family hotspot that is 'rife' with sex

Parts of Mudjimba Beach has been taken over by men looking for gay sex. Locals want the hotspot to return to a family friendly one.

The no-go zone known only to locals

STOLEN: Beloved pets snatched from Warwick backyard

Danelle Thompson was shocked to discover that someone or something has cut into her family's birdcage and stolen two beloved cockatiels.

Stolen pets were 'part of the family'

Is it time for a referendum on daylight savings?

HOUR: Ipswich City councillor, Paul Tully, has long argued for daylight saving to be introduced in the sunshine state.

Paul Tully has long argued for daylight saving to be introduced.

Abbott: ‘Dastyari likely to resign’

Labor Senator Sam Dastyari leaves after Question Time in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

A Labor MP has said Sam Dastyari must now consider his future

Smacked kids ‘become violent adults’

Is it ever OK to hit a child?

It turns out smacked kids are likely to become abusers themselves

Antarctica discovery changes alien search

Bacteria discovery in Antarctica changes humanity’s search for aliens Using maths to find alien life

Bacteria find forces a widening of the search for galactic life

Get ready for a week of heatwaves

Australia will face a heatwave this week — and NSW will be among the worst hit. Image: Bureau of Meteorology

Almost every capital will see temperatures above 30C

Taste of Beef not far away

FUN TIMES: Molly Kruger and Maddy Page at Beef Week 2015.

Beef Australia ramps up for actioned-packed expo

Same-sex divorce? Meet the couple about to call it quits

Same-sex couples can now legally marry — and divorce — under Australian law. Same sex marriage bill signed into law

Thousands of couples flocked to register their intent to marry

How Trump starts each day

President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Pensacola, Fla., Friday, Dec. 8, 2017.

Donald Trump drinks a ridiculous amount of Diet Coke

Inside Candyman’s ‘Freaks Unleashed’ bash

Travers ‘Candyman’ Beynon might have held his wildest bash yet

Jeff Horn in danger: The threat of Gary Corcoran

Jeff Horn v Gary Corcoran

Corcoran, 27, thrives in a tough and dangerous world.

Woman burns down house trying to kill bed bugs

The fires have been fanned by ferocious winds. Picture: AFP

Three people have been injured and 10 have been left homeless

Heartbreaking bullying video draws stunning reaction

Keaton Jones spoke out against bullying.

After having milk poured over him by bullies, Keaton Jones spoke out

Sickening stabbing caught on camera

The shocking attack was caught on camera

Dramatic footage shows a man stabbing a security guard

Bundy woman hits the pub for 100th birthday

PARTY TIME : Phyllis May Seechin celebrated her 100th birthday at the Spotted Dog today.

Phyllis celebrates century with family and friends

Woman spots fiance in her childhood photo

Verona Koliqi and Mirand Buzaku. Image: Instagram

A newly-engaged couple believe their relationship was “meant to be”

Minister ‘likes’ pornography tweet

sex generic

Another day, another Twitter-based political porn debacle

Liveliest seat in the house: snake found in centre toilets

Snakes are a clear and present danger at Boondall. (File picture)

Snake warning in Brisbane Entertainment Centre toilets

Cop’s dashcam catches blazing fireball

A meteor captured by a police dashcam in the US. Picture: Twitter/NBC News

A police officer has captured incredible footage of a large meteor

What was this driver thinking?

Truck spotted in Bundaberg with some unusual cargo.

'I'm gobsmacked that someone can actually do that'

10 Things star reveals Heath’s secret talent

ON-SCREEN, Heath Ledger charmed us all as loveable bad boy Patrick in 10 Things I Hate About You. But here’s what was going on behind the scenes.

A Place to Call Home’s shock death

Jenni Baird as Regina Standish.

Popular Australian drama kills off arch villainess Regina Standish.

Hugh Grant reveals his big film regret

Hugh Grant has revealed there’s one movie he wishes he didn’t say yes to.

Grant was inundated with offers after Four Weddings and A Funeral.

‘Heartbreaking’: Richie breaks silence on split

Richie Strahan and Alex Nation broke up in August.

RICHIE Strahan opens up about what really happened.

Elf: The things you never knew

Will Ferrell as Buddy in Elf.

WHO was going to play Buddy before Will Ferrell was given the part?

David Cassidy accused of groping ex-model

A former model claims late “Partridge Family” star David Cassidy was a “first class creep” who groped her and tried to put his hand up her skirt when she was 19.

MODEL claims the late Partridge Family star was “first class creep”.

Singer kicks photographer in the face on stage

Singer and guitarist Josh Homme performs during the concert of the US rock band Queens of the Stone Age at the 22nd Sziget (Island) Festival on the Shipyard Island in Northern Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014.

Photographer set to press charges after being kicked in the head