Farmers call for end to 'backpacker tax' before it starts

BACKPACKER TAX: Farmer Ben Pritchard is concerned about the increase to backpacker tax. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail

Bundy farmers have signed a petition to fight 32.5% "backpacker tax"

Step-grandfather accused of rape

FILE SHOT: Bundaberg court house Photo: Zach Hogg / NewsMail

Man, 63, stands trial for sexual offences against step-granddaughter

UPDATE: UFO expert says it wasn't a meteor over Gladstone

The KC-30 was recently acquired by the RAAF. Source: RAAF.

UFO expert cross off theories about what flew over Gladstone region


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Phar Lap: A true Aussie legend. Even if he was a Kiwi

Our friends at Bundaberg Rum want to hear your memories of our sporting legends. What's your favourite Phar Lap story?

King Wally: Just say you love him or start packing

Wally Lewis is a true legend of sport. One of only eight Immortals of the great game of rugby league. He was arguably the greatest five-eighth of all time.

The king ruled rugby league when men were really men.

Anna Meares: Even a broken neck couldn't stop her

If we watched more track cycling outside the Olympic schedule, we would be speaking about Anna as one of our greatest ever athletes. No question.

The most courageous effort by any athlete in our Olympic history

Mick Doohan: Unbeatable (but not unbreakable)

Australia's Mick Doohan celebrates his victory in the 500cc British Motorcycle Grand Prix at Donington Park, Leicestershire, August 17 1997, making him World Champion for the fourth year running. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)

Tough Mick Doohan is a mass of nuts, bolts and steel.

Being a sports volunteer was well worth the effort

We have been present for the huge smiles on kids’ faces

Loyal Leroy plays vital role in Jets success

Ipswich Jets passionate fan Leroy Murray

Leroy Murray is a fan every club needs

Nominate a worthy sporting volunteer

MAPPING A COURSE: Felicity Crosato is a tireless worker in the sport of orienteering.

Nominate a Local Legend of the sporting community.

4m swells to hit Gladstone, bureau says

TWO tropical lows brewing in the Coral Sea in Queensland’s north will produce four-metre waves and 25 knot winds in the Gladstone region: bureau

North Queensland hit by 1 in 100 year rainfall

NORTH Queensland has recorded 1 in 100 year rainfall events overnight with some locations experiencing 180mm of rain within two hours.

Cyclone unlikely, BoM says

THE BUREAU of Meteorology has reassured Bundy residents that a low off the Queensland coast is unlikely to morph into a cyclone - at least until the weekend.

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Rieckie Muchow's memories

Pop Rieckie Photo: contributed

Photos from Rieckie Muchow's collection.

Pets for adoption.

HIDE AND SEEK: My name is Harley and I am a three year old desexed male Turkish Van Mixed Breed Domestic Medium Hair. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail

The RSPCA has a number of cute and cuddly pets fro adoption.

Chinese New Year

CHINESE NEW YEAR: Samantha Phillis and Peter Flintoff lead the dragon during the Lion and Dragon Dance performance at Bargara State School. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail

The Lion and Dragon Dance performance at Bargara State School.

Bundaberg in 1936

Central School dress up day 1936. Photo courtesy of Picture Bundaberg

Images from around Bundaberg in 1936 - 80 years ago.

IN DEEP: Colourful dive at Jew Shoal site

A nudibranch.

Jew Shoal lies just north of Noosa Heads in Laguna Bay

IN DEEP: Tobruk could mean dive heaven

Diving HMAS Tobruk.

It takes a lot of money to prepare a ship for scuttling

Barramundi season to re-open next month

A barramundi fingerling is tagged. Photo: Jamie Newborn.

The barramundi closed seasons have been in force

Beer & BS: Roothy tells how to keep an old truck running

John Rooth's old faithful Milo: It’s not that hard to keep an old truck flush in new parts

John Rooth lifts the lid on diesel power and Chooka’s latest hairdo.

12V tips: Five easy 4WD upgrades you can do at home

It’s a pretty safe bet there’s been more than a few divorces due to warm steaks, burnt fuses and wives tripping over tent pegs sticking out of the ground in the dark.

A few 12V upgrades can make 4WDing a whole lot more comfortable.

Camp cooking: Whip up a feast from whatever you've got

Roothy ready to get cooking on the campfire

Sometimes I just make things up to suit whatever’s in the truck.

Parking Problems

Video of collision in car park.

Car parks can be difficult to negotiate.

Light in Bundaberg's skies

A Bundaberg woman filmed this light in the night sky.

Backpacker Taxation

BACKPACKER TAX: Natsuko Onoda sorting sweet potatoes in the packing shed. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail

The proposed increase in tax to be payed by backpackers could result in a labour...

Multi-million-dollar city mansion up for sale

PREMIUM PROPERTY: One of Toowoomba’s most stunning houses, 36 Tourist Rd, has gone on the market.

Luxurious East Toowoomba property offers spectacular views

Selling Houses is team back to save more Aussie homeowners

Charlie Albone, Andrew Winter and Shaynna Blaze star in the TV series Selling Houses Australia.

ANDREW Winter and Shaynna Blaze reflect on nine seasons.

Australia has second-least affordable housing in the word

Australia is still one of the least affordable places to live

How I converted to Islam without meeting a Muslim

The East London Mosque.

I heard the call to prayer from a mosque while on a beach holiday

Teenager blames her personalised plates for online shaming

Maddi Twidale was estatic when she first recieved her personalised plates

Maddi Twidale has been publicly shamed twice on Facebook

Cancer survivor has message you need to hear

BRIGHT FUTURE: Wendy Chandler is happy to celebrate two years cancer free.

She has been cancer free for two years