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Alarming rise in boat rescues

Locals are being urged to triple check their equipment and safety procedures before hitting the water. The Bundaberg-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter has responded to six boat-related missions in just three weeks. It's one of the service's highest call out rates for the incidents. Crews are concerned the numbers could continue to increase...

Queensland drops some of its remaining COVID-19 vax restrictions

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements will be removed for visitors to residential aged care facilities, disability accommodation and prisons. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the changes, which come into effect from 1am, Thursday, June 30. In addition, the high-risk worker COVID-19 vaccine mandate will be revoked in schools, early childhood education, outside school care,...

Hopes for sweet sugar season, despite drags on industry

The costs of fertiliser, fuel and chemicals is putting a crunch on Bundaberg cane growers, but they're remaining optimistic. The crushing season kicks off this month, with most mills now operating right across the state. Queensland Canegrowers chairman Owen Menkens says there are a lot of drags on the industry at the...

Police investigate Kalkie car break ins

Bundaberg Police are appealing for information after multiple cars were broken into around Kalkie. In the early hours of June 11, vehicles were unlawfully entered in Morgan Way, Georgia Terrace and Alison Drive. Cash and keys were among the items stolen. A Queensland Police Service spokesperson says any further victims should come forward. "This...

Queensland tourism tax proposed in bid to raise revenue for industry

Travellers would be slugged a tourism tax/levy to visit some of Queensland’s most popular natural attractions under a new plan to attract more revenue to the sector. A visitor tax is among 75 recommendations put forward by the Queensland Tourism Industry Reference Panel to generate revenue for the state's tourism sector. The...

Boaties saved from waters off Bundaberg

The people on board a leaking boat are back on dry land after the vessel started taking on water. The crew raised the alarm after 9am Wednesday. It was the 6th boating-related mission from the Bundaberg-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter in three weeks. The crew of a nearby yacht was escorting and watching...

Public appeal to solve hit and run

Police are asking for the public's help to solve a hit and run that happened on a busy Bundaberg road. Officers say a white Holden Commodore sedan and red Holden Commodore utility collided near the intersection of FE Walker Street and Grier Street, Ashfield. It happened on June 20 at 10.15am and...

Health the big winner in Qld State Budget with record $23 billion spend

A record $23.6 billion investment in health is the centrepiece of Queensland’s State Budget handed down by Treasurer Cameron Dick. The surplus for 2021-22 is expected to be $1.91 billion, an improvement of $5.4 billion compared to the $3.48 billion deficit forecast this time last year. That’s on the back of surging...

Health staff rally for pay increase

Local nurses and midwives are anxiously waiting to see if today's budget will deliver a wage boost. Staff rallied outside the Bundaberg Hospital on Monday, calling for a 5.1 per cent increase. The Queensland Government has agreed to a 2.5 per cent rise but union members say more is needed to address...

Recognition for local cancer support group leader

Bundaberg's Rob McCulloch has been recognised for his work to help men and their families who are going through cancer treatment. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007 and shortly after received surgery. Two years later he became the leader of the local Prostate Cancer Survivor Group. Mr McCulloch has recently been...

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